Application specific optimization of build-up orientation based on the analysis and evaluation of required Support volume, Build time, Surface accessibility, Distortion sensitivity and Post-processing effort for every orientation.
Generation of optimized support structures that adjust support perforation and interfaces between part and support structure according to the loads that occur during the build-up process (MPS-Module required).
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Fast mechanical simulation of the laser beam melting process, calculating the residual stress and distortion fields on regular desktop hardware.
Fast thermal simulation of the laser beam melting process, calculating the temperature history and field on regular desktop hardware.
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One-click solution to pre-compensate residual distortions by adapting the build-up geometry (MPS-Module required).
The ASAP-Principle describes four ideal steps on the way to a stable, efficient and reliable process chain: Assessment, Simulation, Adaption and the Process itself. By examining all possible build-up orientations with respect to economical and physical aspects of the process on the Assessment stage, both, limitations of the design and optimal orientations can be calculated. The integration of simulation based, automatic generation of optimized support structures and fast process simulation tools into the pre-processing chain on the Simulation stage ensures geometric accuracy and increases process stability while tremendously reducing the costs of process preparation. Finally, on the Adaption stage, process parameters should be controlled with respect to thermal and mechanical aspects via hatch re-orientation and parameter adaption. After going through these steps of pre-processing, on the last stage the first-time-right process itself concludes the ASAP-Principle.
(Additional modules required)
Additive Works believes, that process parameters like scan speed or laser power should be adapted to and specified by the properties of the application. Since scan parameters in additive manufacturing processes constitute a major know how of both, technology provider and technology users, the innovative and patented technology of Additive Works is working on a level that respects aspects already optimized. Please contact us for more information on this field.