Partnership Brings Cads Support-Structure Tech. Into New Version of Hexagon’s Simufact Additive

December 1, 2021

Hexagon-CADS-SimufactHexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division has partnered with Cads Additive, a manufacturer of data-preparation and data-management software, with the goal to reduce waste and improve additive-design-for-manufacturing productivity.

Hexagon’s new version of metal-additive-manufacturing (AM) build-simulation software, Simufact Additive 2021, recently highlighted at Formnext, includes support-structure technology provided by Cads Additive that reportedly enables users to further reduce their manufacturing preparation effort, material costs and build time. And, as part of the partnership, Cads Additive is integrating Hexagon’s build-simulation capabilities into its AM-Studio software.

Users employ Simufact Additive to predict and compensate for distortion, residual stress and temperature distribution throughout the printing, heat treatment, cutting, hot isostatic pressing and machining processes virtually, before the part is manufactured via laser powder-bed fusion and metal binder jetting processes. This results in production of high-quality parts with minimal waste, according to Hexagon officials.

Users now can create lightweight, hollow rod supports, complex line supports or block supports using Cads Additive, and achieve further optimization of material utilization with access to high-stiffness “heart cell” support structures and metal-optimized tree supports. These support structures can be added to parts using a native Simufact Additive interface that utilizes all of the features of the Cads Additive technology. This integration reportedly provides users with complete control over support-structure parameters and enable simulation of the support structure and part build without any additional steps or software.

“(The addition of Cads Additive’s support-structure capabilities) complements our build simulation perfectly, enabling customers to not only optimize the material and process used to make the part, but to provide complete control over the creation of highly efficient and innovative support structures that significantly reduce material waste,” says Patrick Mehmert, solution manager of metal AM at Hexagon.

Also new in Simufact Additive 2021: The ability to simulate subtractive-manufacturing processes in order to predict the distortions after a machining process; enhancements to the Metal Binder Jetting that include a new and faster solver, and a new, dedicated compensation algorithm; an extended calibration algorithm; and increased speed of support generation and slicing—as much as 10 times faster than in the previous version.

And, under the partnership, Cads Additive also has licensed build-process-simulation capabilities from Hexagon that will be embedded in its AM-Studio software, enabling users to validate their build feasibility and predict distortions to avoid print issues.

Industry-Related Terms: Binder jetting, Build time, Residual stress
View Glossary of 3D Metal Printing Terms


See also: Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, Cads Additive

Technologies: Software


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