Stratasys and e-Xstream Engineering Cooperate to Offer Customers Predictive Simulation Tools for Improved Process, Material and Part Performance
- Collaboration aims to enable appropriate mechanical properties and faithful part functionality to deliver ‘print right, first time’ capability - supporting improved cost and time efficiencies for customers
- Customers also set to benefit from increased material understanding and greater dimensional accuracy of 3D printed parts
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The combination of
“Stratasys recognizes the importance of simulation and modeling as a way
for customers to optimize part production by designing with additive in
mind, while ensuring that the material and process will deliver ‘print
right the first time’ assurance,” said
Central to the collaboration is the objective to develop predictive simulation solutions for Stratasys’ Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) technology to enable the production of tighter tolerance, higher performance parts. This is aimed at being achieved in conjunction with e-Xstream engineering’s standalone material modeling platform, Digimat, which offers a self-contained module to enable a flexible interface that is accessible for basic to advanced level designers, as well as other users across multiple manufacturing based workflows.
Core functions of the collaboration comprise:
- Process simulation applied to the design-to-3D-print workflow to achieve the high accuracy and repeatability required by manufacturing users. Advanced numerical tools are needed to predict and mitigate part warpage as well as realize the impact of design decisions on the manufacturing process before the part is produced.
- Material engineering to create a framework and methodology for characterization by understanding the key parameters driving the material’s behavior. This framework will support the accelerated development and optimization of future material system solutions.
- Part performance predictions that are applied daily to complete the engineering workflow for traditional manufacturing processes, providing the product designer with an accurate early design. The extension of Digimat’s structural analysis solution for FDM will predict part performance (stiffness, strength, etc.) as a function of the material and the printing process parameters, such as printing direction or toolpath.
“For engineers to unlock the design freedom that additive manufacturing offers, they need tools for accurate and effective analysis. We are happy to be collaborating with simulation leaders, such as e-Xstream, whose customized tools are a key contributor to enabling additive manufacturing to become a high-performance production technology,” continued Sevcik.
Further to the collaboration, the next release of e-Xstream’s material modeling platform, Digimat, will deliver the first material models of ULTEM™ 9085 resin, a strong, lightweight thermoplastic meeting aerospace requirements, with a complete process package for the Stratasys Fortus 900mc Production 3D Printer. Customers are provided the numerical tools necessary to perform both process simulation and structural analysis by feeding critical process information from Stratasys’ pre-processing software, Insight, to Digimat’s AM module*.
“We are very excited about this collaboration, which we believe will
“The ability to foresee the influence of designs on part printing and performance should enable users to save time and reduce costs by improving overall accuracy, reliability and workflow efficiencies,” he concluded.
*Digimat 2018.0 will be available for download at the end of
formnext 2017 attendees can learn more about Stratasys’ collaboration with e-Xstream engineering by visiting Stratasys’ stand (Hall 3.1, #F40), where experts will be available to explain the benefits to users in more detail.
About e-Xstream engineering
Founded in 2003, e-Xstream
engineering is a software and engineering services company 100%
focused on the multi-scale modeling of composite materials and
structures. The company helps customers, material suppliers, and
material users across many industries reduce the cost and time needed to
engineer innovative materials and products using Digimat, the nonlinear
multi-scale material and structure-modeling platform. Since
About MSC Software
MSC Software is one of the ten original software companies and a global leader in helping product manufacturers to advance their engineering methods with simulation software and services. As a trusted partner, MSC Software helps companies improve quality, save time, and reduce costs associated with design and test of manufactured products. Academic institutions, researchers, and students employ MSC’s technology to expand individual knowledge as well as expand the horizon of simulation. MSC Software employs 1,300 professionals in 20 countries. For additional information about MSC Software’s products and services, please visit: www.mscsoftware.com
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