Increasingly comprehensive software for additive manufacturing

Software for design, generative design, simulation, modelling of manufacturing, etc. The offer is expanding. Sirris can help you to choose a tool.

The specialised software for additive manufacturing which facilitates the development of new products is increasingly numerous and comprehensive. The ecosystem is expanding with the arrival of optimisation and design tools.

For designing additive parts, for example there is Spaceclaim from Ansys, available at an entry price of €3,300, where most other software operates on the basis of annual licences. Spaceclaim's distinctive feature is not being based on a history of construction, each step is separate from the others. The tool also offers possibilities for reverse engineering, lattices and other modifications, file remeshing, etc.

New simulation processes like generative design provide and will provide a significant contribution to AM. By introducing specific criteria for a part, such as reduced weight, this software modifies the topology and automatically responds to the requirements by exploring all the possible solutions.

Other software is more oriented to the modelling of manufacture and in particular to the residual stresses in the fusion processes of metal powder and proposes design solutions (parts or supports) to reduce them. There is also Virfac from Geonx, with whom Sirris works regularly and which was recently acquired by GE, and ExaSim from 3DSim, acquired by Ansys.

Netfabb from Autodesk and Amphyon from Additive Works offer solutions starting at 13-15.000 €/year of the same type, with ongoing developments towards more complete but more expensive solutions.
These tools are capable of predicting part deformations, modifying the file to compensate for them, managing the density of supports and their distribution, optimising their positioning in the machine according to the required criteria (cost, surface quality, density of supports, impact of post-finishing, etc.), adapting the strategies of laser scribing according to the cantilevered regions, and defining the appropriate heat treatment to be applied.

Software solutions of this type, that offer closer integration between design and manufacture, are and will be increasingly looked for.

The role of Sirris

Which software to choose? How to use it? What can be expected?

Sirris experts are following the development of these tools, whether software for design, topological optimisation, modelling or others. They are also involved in several projects for developing and configuring this software.

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