LOS ANGELES—– The 3D printing and additive manufacturing technology company Stratasys Ltd. is partnering with Dassault Systèmes to provide next generation design tools that improve the functionality, efficiency, and weight ratio of additively manufactured production parts, the companies said in a press release.
The companies have collaborated on design and simulation capabilities for Dassault Systèmes’ 3DExperience platform, which support Stratasys’s FDM® 3D printers and materials. These new capabilities include design optimization for lighter weight parts that are 3D printed in a fused deposition modeling (FDM) process, using less material than a traditional manufacturing technology to achieve the same performance. Weight savings increase efficiency and reduce cost beyond what is possible with traditional manufacturing processes, the release said.
The new design and simulation capabilities also include strength and fatigue analysis that provides confidence to expand applications for load-bearing 3D printed FDM parts and provide the tools needed to support part qualification, according to the release. They also include print process simulation, which is said to provide further insights into the residual stresses and performance of the 3D printed FDM part.
“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,” said Scott Berkey, CEO, Simulia, Dassault Systèmes, in the release. “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. We’re pleased to be partnering with Stratasys to bring these critical capabilities to customers.”
“Stratasys shares Dassault Systèmes’ vision for a fully integrated, end-to-end design to additive manufacturing solution,” said Jon Stevenson, Stratasys’s senior vice president, global software, in the release. “This partnership brings Stratasys one step closer to that vision with high performance simulation tools that accurately represent the fused deposition model process. 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.”
A long-time member of the SolidWorks Partner Program, Stratasys (www.stratasys.com) also introduced a GrabCAD Print Add In for SolidWorks that enables the user to estimate and print parts without leaving the SolidWorks environment. As a result, 3D printing on Stratasys systems is accessible to the entire community of SolidWorks design and engineering professionals. Functions include material selection, slice height selection, part orientation, automatic layout, and more.