Simufact announced at Formnext 2019 that its Simufact Additive 2020, a software solution for the optimisation of metal-based Additive Manufacturing processes, now provides cost estimation of the build process and improves interoperability with Materialise build preparation software and Renishaw machines to streamline manufacturing processes. Based on new technologies, the software is reported to provide higher performance and robustness.
In addition to designing and optimising the build process virtually, users can now estimate print job costs for single components or assemblies. Not limited to the build process, the capability also includes subsequent processes such as cutting, machining, drilling and grinding. This helps the user identify the best build variant by taking into account printing costs.
Following Simufact’s efforts to simplify data exchange in the AM process chain, Simufact Additive 2020 now interfaces to Materialise using the 3MF industry-standard 3D printing data exchange format. 3MF enables simple and reliable data transfer with third-party software and considerably reduces timely efforts for the model set up.
Simufact Additive 2020 includes an integrated Renishaw QuantAM API for build job preparation and export, which provides the user an error-free-data transmission from Simufact Additive directly to Renishaw printers. This functionality also improves productivity because the entire work process from design to built part is possible within the software. More interfaces are under development to allowing easy connection to other printing machines.
The new software release applies new Adaptive Voxel Meshing technology to improve the simulation speed by automatically adjusting the voxel sizes in the part. This provides more immediate results to users, and makes the simulation even more reliable and robust.
Dr. Hendrik Schafstall, CEO and Managing Director, Simufact commented, “Simufact Additive 2020 broadens our scope from pure-play process build optimisation software to provide cost optimisation. This new release also underlines our commitment to openness and interoperability with third-party products. We believe manufacturers should start wherever they want in the process to improve quality and efficiency and make additive manufacturing smarter.”
Simufact Additive is reportedly used by leading manufacturers such as Safran and BAE Systems to improve quality and reduce costly physical prototyping. Simufact Additive 2020 can be licensed alongside any MSC Software products through the MSC One token-based licensing system.