VELO3D, a manufacturer of Additive Manufacturing machines headquartered in Campbell, California, USA, has announced updates to its Flow™ process software, specifically designed for the company’s laser fusion metal Additive Manufacturing system, Sapphire.
Flow includes tools that help with part orientation, support generation, simulated print predictions, per-surface process application, slice composer and process review.
“Flow takes a refreshing new look at additive software: its ease of use is unprecedented. Understanding how users work and offering just in time tools is an exciting direction taken by VELO3D,” stated Scott Volk, CTO of Incodema3D. “VELO3D’s advanced simulation, prediction and correction ensures not only print success, but improved part to part quality accelerating the adoption of volume production.”
VELO3D’s machines have the ability to print low angles and overhangs below five degrees, as well as large inner diameters and tubes up to 40 mm without the need for supports, eliminating the need for difficult and laborious post-processing cleanup.
Flow key features include a new physics-driven simulation engine built from the ground up, optimised for VELO3D process capabilities and the Sapphire system. It contributes to achieving a first print success rate of up to 90 percent, preventing many failed iterations. A powerful simulation utility also predicts the print outcome, applying print deformation correction and validating the execution feasibility of the print prior to starting the build process.
The integration of print preparation, simulation and composing capabilities into a single software is said to eliminate historic incompatibilities, significantly simplifying the workflow. Native CAD workflow enables new user experience with smart selection, refinement, and filtering of part features. This enables users to focus their efforts on solving problems on the application level, instead of troubleshooting machine level parameters.
“Build preparation software has always been an afterthought,” added Benny Buller, CEO of VELO3D. “VELO3D’s strategy is to offer an integrated hardware, software and process solution. The system is process driven, where the software manages the hardware and can predict and control the outcome. It is the only way to fulfill our mission to manufacture any design, assure accuracy and consistency and thus take Additive Manufacturing mainstream.”