Control Your Variables and Minimize Build Failures
Three unique software tools from Ansys enable engineers to control some of the most challenging variables within metal AM: build orientation, distortion and deposition paths. In this video we discuss the first tool in the set, preparing you for success out-of-the-gate.
Manufacturing Challenge: For manufacturability and assembly constraints, the outdated simulation methods, in which models are investigated one at a time by physically defining their geometry, or dozens at a time by parametrically fluctuating their proportions, are simply not up to the task of exploring a potentially unlimited design space.
Manufacturing Instance: Injection Molding
Manufacturing Solution: Three-dimensional printing eliminates these and other constraints for plastic and metal parts, making it economically viable to develop complex structures that deliver higher performance-to-weight and performance-to-cost proportions than can be reached with standard manufacturing practices.
Manufacturing Challenge: One of the core challenges of implementing additive manufacturing (AM) practices for the intent of production is the lack of understanding of its fundamental process-structure-property connection. Parts manufactured using AM machineries may be too unpredictable and erratic to meet the strict requirements for many business applications.
Manufacturing Instance: Mission-critical Applications
The lack of geometric accuracy of AM parts is a major barrier preventing its use in mission-critical applications. Quantifying the geometric deviations of additively manufactured parts from a large data set of laser-scanned coordinates using an unsupervised machine learning approach is out-of-range for traditional software capabilities.
Manufacturing Solution: Fortunately, a core objective in designing the Ansys Additive Suite software has been to characterize the underlying thermo-physical dynamic forces of the AM process, captured by melt pool signals, and calculating porosity during the build.
Building components as a network of unit cells can significantly improve material utilization and performance. Many of our business partners have shared similar challenges of additively manufacturing parts that were not designed to be fabricated layer by layer. Our software is an all-encompassing suite designed to account for, and solve these nuances through multifaceted integration.