At Solidworks World 2017 in Los Angeles, 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions company, Stratasys, announced that it is partnering with Dassault Systèmes to provide advanced set of design tools that improve the functionality, efficiency and weight ratio of additively manufactured production parts.
The companies have collaborated on design and simulation capabilities for Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform which support Stratasys’ FDM 3D printers and materials.
The weight of this Stratasys 3D printed circuit box for space applications was reduced by 30% using SIMULIA design optimization of Dassault.
Weight savings increase efficiency and reduce cost beyond what is possible with traditional manufacturing processes. Parts were 3D printed in a Fused Deposition Modeling process (FDM), using less material than a traditional manufacturing technology to achieve the same performance.
The strength and fatigue analysis that gives the confidence to expand applications for load-bearing 3D printed FDM parts and provide the tools needed to support part qualification.
Print process simulation provides further insights into the residual stresses and performance of the 3D printed FDM part. ”This partnership brings Stratasys one step closer to that vision with high performance simulation tools that accurately represent the fused deposition model process,” said Jon Stevenson, Senior VP Global Software, Stratasys. “We believe the solution’s predictive capabilities and efficient workflow will significantly expand the range of parts that can be confidently produced with Stratasys FDM-based 3D printing solutions. These are already being used to create production parts by companies like United Launch Alliance, Opel, Volvo Trucks and Daihatsu.”
“For additive manufacturing to reach its true potential, engineers need tools that will allow them to harness the virtually limitless geometric freedom that it provides. By fully simulating the unique characteristics of the FDM process, we’re able to bring unprecedented accuracy and speed to the design and validation process,” said Scott Berkey, CEO, SIMULIA, Dassault Systèmes.