The additive manufacturing (AM) process is changing the way products are made. New revolutionary machines and processes are rapidly pushing AM from the prototype environment onto the production floor. The additive manufacturing capabilities in Simcenter can help you predict distortions and defects before parts are printed, thereby reducing the number of test prints and improving the quality of the final print.
Simulate the AM build process for powder-bed fusion using the selective laser melting (SLM) process. The setup from a part in the built tray, including support structures, is used as a basis. The user selects the parts to simulate and define printing process parameters (material, number of parts, layer slicing, laser parameters, etc.) and runs the simulation. The result is the temperature distribution and distortion of the part.
Calculated distortions can be used to compensate for the part prior to the printing process. The initial geometry can be automatically morphed into the precompensated shape and replaced in the built tray for further analysis, or it can be sent directly to the printer to be printed correctly the first time.