Predict, validate, and optimize the performance of metal additive parts during the printing process to minimize failures and maximize your additive manufacturing output.

Composite image showcasing multi-scale process simulation of a component at part level and moving heat source level

What is additive manufacturing simulation?

Additive manufacturing simulation software allows you to replicate real world additive manufacturing processes. The software predicts print outcomes based on the material properties and additive hardware process parameters and can be used to validate upfront engineering work or help optimize processes by visually representing design errors before they occur.

Key benefits of metal additive software

  • Visualization of evaluating additive manufacturing design options for printability


    Evaluate additive design options for printability before they even get to the additive engineering team increasing your productivity.

  • Final additive manufacturing printed product showing a print failure that could have been prevented with simulation software


    Metal additive simulation software helps you predict print failures, improving the profitability and throughput of your additive manufacturing business.

  • Simulation results being used to compensate for print distortion


    Automatically compensate geometries based on simulation results to achieve the desired shape when your parts are manufactured or 3D printed.

Capabilities of metal additive simulation software

Metal additive hardware and materials can be expensive. Additive manufacturing simulation software can help you minimize print failures and maximize your output, saving time, money and frustration.

  • Metal additive prints damaged by hot temperatures

    Predict hot spots and lack of fusion

    Undesirable thermal effects can lead to poor build quality. Predict regions of a build that could experience temperatures too hot or not hot enough for proper fusion during processing.

  • Metal additive print damaged by recoater interference

    Identify and fix recoater interference

    Recoater interference is a common cause of failed prints or equipment damage. Metal additive simulation software will highlight areas of potential recoater interference.

  • Metal additive print with support structure failure

    Predict support structure failure

    Support structures are often required to achieve a successful build with laser powder bed fusion process. Simulation software can aid in design of support strutures by predicting potential failure zones.

  • Netfabb simulation software image showing adaptive mesh strategy to speed processing time

    Finite element mesh adaptivity

    The adaptive mesher included in Netfabb simulation uses elements only when necessary and updates the mesh with each time step to minimize compensation time for simulation solutions.

Metal additive manufacturing software

Fast, predictive simulation (1:07 min.)

Multi-scale model for metal laser powder bed fusion simulation

The simulation process involves mapping results from a small-scale moving source thermo-mechanical simulation on to a part scale thermo-mechanical simulation. Since this process is fully predictive and physics based, it requires no experimental calibration to achieve accurate results.

To Run a Directed Energy Deposition Simulation (6:18 min.)

Directed energy deposition (DED) simulation

The simulation software can analyze DED for both powder and wire fed systems. The DED process is simulated as a moving source thermo-mechanical analysis, similar to traditional weld modeling techniques. A novel element formulation and element activation approach, allows for fast simulation of each individual weld bead.



Saving money with simulation software for metal additive manufacturing

APWORKS saves costs for customers reducing additive manufacturing print failures with Autodesk Netfabb Simulation software.

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