Design and Simulation Solution for Additive Manufacturing

ALTAIR announced launch of new manufacturing simulation solution, Inspire Print3D

Inspire Print3D provides a fast and accurate toolset to design and simulate the manufacturing process for selective laser melting (SLM) parts. The easy-to-use, advanced thermo-mechanical solution enables design engineers to develop parts ready for additive manufacturing. Designers can optimally generate designs that meet performance requirements as well as evaluate and easily modify critical process variables in one single immersive environment. Reducing expensive trial and error by simulating part build, cooling, cutting and springback, Inspire Print3D delivers designs having the fewest support structures, optimally oriented on any 3D printer.

Engineers working with Inspire Print3D will be able to quickly understand and correct potential defects such as part deformation, delamination, and overheating before printing. Inspire Print3D will also allow engineers to create best performing designs for the SLM process by applying advanced thermo-mechanical simulation to reduce post-processing and avoid expensive trial-and-error.

Key features of Inspire Print3D include:

  • Part and Support Design – Generate support structures as part of the design process; interactively create and edit supports within the same environment as the designed part.
  • Easy-to-Learn Environment – The intuitive, process-driven user experience enables users to gain deep manufacturing insights quickly, driving faster and better design decisions.
  • Printing Analysis – Run the embedded thermo-mechanical solver to accurately simulate the entire printing process from building and cooling to cutting and springback.
  • Defect Identification – Easily detect and plot defects including large deformation, excessive heating and delamination to aid design or process modification.
  • Ready for Printing – Assess parts, layer-by-layer, to validate geometry even before any 3D printing analysis is performed, then export a file containing the prepped part and supports.