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Simulation Will Unlock the Industrial Potential of Additive Manufacturing

Metal additive manufacturing is tricky without the use of simulation to predict errors.

Additive manufacturing has caught the public’s eye, but it hasn’t fully realized its industrial potential.

The real promise of additive manufacturing is its ability to offer industry a way to customize, lightweight and consolidate parts.

For example, imagine the potential cost savings of taking 12 parts, consolidating them into one part and cutting the total weight by 20 percent.

However, when companies first try additive manufacturing, they often produce failed builds that waste expensive production time and raw materials.

Some pioneering companies are making the dream of additive manufacturing a reality with the help of simulation. You can find out how these pioneers use simulation to ensure their parts print correctly the first time in this issue of ANSYS Advantage.

How Simulation Helps Industry Design for Additive Manufacturing

Properly printing a part with this much detail takes a lot of planning and redesign. This can only be done with simulation software.

Designing parts to be built by additive manufacturing isn’t the same as designing a part for traditional manufacturing.

Companies need to account for the overhangs, supports and print direction to ensure their part is built properly.

Simulation software — like ANSYS Additive Suite — offers a way to design parts for additive manufacturing.

Simulation empowers companies to predict how their part will print without wasting any builds.

Companies can even predict areas where their parts will distort, break or experience high stresses. This information can then help them iterate their designs to avoid any pitfalls in the real world.

To learn more about how ANSYS Additive Suite helps unlock the potential of additive manufacturing, read The Shape of Things to Come and Build Additive Manufacturing Proficiency, Layer by Layer in ANSYS Advantage magazine.