MSC's current offerings for engineers involved in additive manufacturing (AM) of polymers or metals are designed to optimize the 3D printing process in order to:
- reduce production costs,
- increase robustness/reliability and
- improve performance by optimizing design and printing parameters.
Additive Manufacturing (AM) has been successfully applied using both metals and plastics in the aerospace, automotive, bio-medical, tooling, and other applications.
MSC's solution offerings:
MSC's solution for Metal Additive Manufacturing – Simufact Additive – puts its focus on build simulation and subsequent steps including heat treatment, cutting the base plate, removing supports, and Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP). The process simulation solution addresses both manufacturers and researchers and their needs.
Simufact Additive helps produce metal AM parts right-first-time in order to save time and money:
Simufact Additive is the leading simulation package for metal build process optimization concerning speed, accuracy, functionality, and usability. The software comes with a workflow-oriented user interface, which customers report as the best-in-class GUI.
The solutions' functionality helps you to answer urgent challenges in the build process while providing higher efficiency by automation and assistant functionality:
Simufact Additive is ready for High Performance Computing based on Linux clusters.
Digimat Additive Manufacturing Solution addresses the industry need to "print right the first time" and constitutes the corner stone of the first simulation chain of additive manufacturing with a unique combination of material engineering, process simulation and structural engineering to address standard AM problems:
Our objective is to accelerate the adoption of the AM technology as production technique by providing AM-focus predictive simulation tools that replicate the standard engineering workflow:
Optimize quality control on Additive Manufacturing processes and parameters with a next-generation material lifecycle management system
MSC Apex Generative Design is the fully automated generative design solution built on the most intuitive CAE environment in the world, MSC Apex. It exploits all the easy-to-use and easy-to-learn features of MSC Apex while employing the most innovative generative design engine in the background. The software delivers a new and innovative approach for design optimization which overcomes the constraints of classical topology optimization techniques and dramatically decreases the effort required in the design optimization workflow.
MSC vision for the Future of Additive Manufacturing
MSC's vision for the future is to provide a complete AM toolkit that helps companies to optimize their entire AM process chain - including CAE, selection of raw material, manufacturing, and quality assurance.
Some of the challenges that currently exist in this space include ill-defined and poorly tracked process parameters, which leads to engineers running several print jobs against several parameters. This in turn leads to longer process development time, high amounts of material waste, and time wasted on printing parts that are unfit for service.