ANSYS Additive Science helps users determine the best process parameters for any machine/material combination and ensures the achievement of the highest integrity parts, as well as the expected microstructure and physical properties.
ANSYS Additive Science can be run inside or outside of ANSYS Workbench and is specifically designed for these users:
- Metal AM experts looking to optimize and fine-tune their machine and material parameters.
- Material scientists working to develop new metal powders and metal AM materials and material specifications.
- Powder bed machine manufacturers seeking to optimize their machine designs.
- Metallurgists in aerospace, biotech, automotive OEMs and organizations interested in AM capabilities.
Compared to other material modelling solutions, ANSYS Additive Science features
- Proprietary mathematical algorithms produce results that are orders of magnitude faster
- Simulations are based on exact scan vectors from a build file or user-defined scan patterns.
- Custom-curated databases include non-linear, temperature-dependent thermophysical properties for each material (as a function of physical state).
As a stand-alone application for design-stage investigation of materials and optimal machine parameters, ANSYS Additive Science helps users:
- Determine optimum machine/material parameters.
- Control microstructure and material properties.
- Manufacture using new metal powders faster and more efficiently.
- Reduce the number of experiments needed to qualify components.
- Mitigate risk while accelerating innovation.
- Create process qualification procedures based on comparisons between simulation-predicted “correct” — and sensor-measured “actual” — machine behaviour.
Analyse Porosity and Meltpools
- Enables the analysis of meltpool-scale phenomena for full-size components, and provides detailed thermal history and microstructure information.
- Allows users to run single-bead simulations for quick evaluation of meltpool shapes and sizes, using different process-parameter combinations (e.g., scan speed and laser power).
- Determines the percentage of porosity in a part due to lack of fusion (for selected sets of process parameters).
Predict Sensor Measurements
- Predicts sensor measurements based on machine/material combinations for a variety of thermal sensors, including stationary, moving point, IR camera and pyrometer sensors for powder bed metal AM machines.
Predict Thermal History
- Calculates temperature history and offers the ability to track phase transformations from powder to liquid to solid — through the entire build process — allowing users to control the final properties of the printed part.
- Predicts the grain size, texture and segregation in each part based upon process-parameter inputs, including build plate temperature and laser power, speed and scan strategy.
- Predicts material microstructure, enabling users to control anisotropic mechanical properties, such as material strength and elastic modulus.
Run Parametric Studies
- Utilises the power of ANSYS Workbench to evaluate hundreds or thousands of criteria virtually.
Track Phase Transformation
- Uses chemistry-dependent and thermal-gradient-dependent phase change details to predict thermal history, sensor output and microstructure — all with unparalleled accuracy.