Ansys Additive Manufacturing: 3D Printing Simulation

ANSYS offers a complete simulation workflow for additive manufacturing (AM) that allows you to transition your R&D efforts for AM into a successful manufacturing operation, offering both rapid and high fidelity results to support topology optimisation and performance validation

ANSYS’ best-in-class solution for additive manufacturing enables simulation at every step in your AM process. It will help you optimise material configurations and machine and parts setup before you begin to print. As a result, you’ll greatly reduce — and potentially eliminate — the physical process of trial-and- error testing.

Through a structured workflow, ANSYS Additive Manufacturing simulation tools will help you:

  • Design for AM (DfAM) utilizing topology optimization and lattice structures
  • Conduct design validation
  • Improve build setup — with additional design features for part manufacturing, including part orientation and automatic generation of physics-based support structures
  • Simulate print process
  • Explore and gain greater understanding of materials

ANSYS Additive Solutions include a wide range of capabilities depending on whether the Additive Suite or Additive Print configuration below is chosen.

  • STL File and Geometry Manipulation
  • Topology Optimisation
  • Structural & Thermal Analysis and Design Validation
  • Multiple Additive Process Simulation Solvers – for a choice of rapid guidance results and high fidelity assessment
  • Design-stage Investigation of Materials and Optimal Machine Parameters

All of ANSYS Additive solutions include Discovery SpaceClaim, a comprehensive geometry building and editing capability to save time repairing and preparing models for 3D printing.

  • Repair models from problems you typically run into during the printing process
  • Create and modify CAD files
  • Save and export STL
  • Work directly with STL files to shell, scale, and split models
  • Combine STL models with other STL models or solids
  • Automate verification and repair of STL, including intersections, watertightness, misaligned normals and co-incident triangles
  • Manipulate solids to:
    • Shell models to minimise waste
    • Scale models
    • Split models for better printing, adding pins, lips, mortise, or joints as needed
Optimising STLs >> 3D Printing in AEC >>  
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Overview >> 3D Printing in AEC >> General STL Editing >>
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Direct Editing >> Surface Part Print Prep >> Converting STL to Solid >>
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Further ANSYS SpaceClaim Application Examples >>

The ANSYS solution is especially designed for these users:

  • Aerospace OEMs and suppliers
  • Metal AM print services bureaus
  • Biotech companies with AM efforts
  • Automotive OEMs and suppliers
  • AM materials R&D companies
  • Metal AM machine manufacturers

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