3D-printing was invented for rapid prototyping purposes in the 1980’s. There were many niche applications that were mostly non-structural, and the technology’s true potential remained untapped for decades. With the advent of highly controlled materials and processes made possible through advanced software, we are now seeing a proliferation of much more functional engineering applications using layer-wise manufacturing methods.
In this seminar we will discuss three critical aspects for Additive Manufacturing: Materials, Design and Process. We will address how simulation is being used to bridged the gap between ‘as-designed’ and ‘as-manufactured’ products.
In the second segment we will demonstrate how topology optimization is leveraged to produce designs specifically for AM with no overhangs (hence no supports). Finally, we will show how new SIMULIA technology is able to model the printing process to predict the thermal histories as well as residual stresses.
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