Flemish Government awards AdditiveLab funding for extending its Direct Energy Deposition Simulation solution
The Flemish institute of VLAIO (Agentschap Innoveren & Ondernemen) is an established government organization promoting entrepreneurs in the Belgium Flanders region. The mission of VLAIO is to stimulate and support innovation and entrepreneurship and to contribute to a favorable business-climate in Flanders.
AdditiveLab’s team is honored to announce the trust shown by VLAIO in our advancements in the AM simulation field. More specifically, VLAIO supports AdditiveLab in its 200k€ project to further advance the simulation for Direct Energy Deposition Additive Manufacturing process.
In the coming months, AdditiveLab will be releasing newer versions for our DED simulation software, helping our users predict their processes with high levels of accuracy, consider their customized setup of their DED process better and prevent failures in their production.
Find out more about how AdditiveLab can help you predict your DED process better by contacting AdditiveLab team directly via our Contact page.
Published 19 December 2019.
‘One Click Metal’ introduces MPREP software with embedded AdditiveLab technology
One Click Metal, is a start-up OEM of low-cost and easy-to-use metal AM printers. Located in Germany, this young and innovative team believes in an all inclusive Metal AM solution with budgets affordable enough to open up this technology to the world.
AdditiveLab team is proud to announce a close collaboration with the One Click Metal team.
As a young start-up, One Click Metal recently announced its novel low-cost metal printers. Can you tell us a little bit more about what you do and your unique machines?
Bjoern: Metal additive manufacturing is a great technology with huge potential, but only very few people/companies/industries can actually use it – because of high costs and high complexity. This is basically where the idea of One Click Metal was born: democratizing metal 3D printing, making it accessible to every company, every industry.
Hence, we started developing a system which is not only affordable but also intuitive and easy to understand. We want the user being able to instantly start building a part – without a deep understanding of AM-technology, without being trained on how to handle powder. Our BOLDSeries is the whole bundle: software, printer, unpacking station. So, you have everything together without having to buy periphery components. That´s what we are aiming for. Bringing metal additive manufacturing to the mainstream.
One Click Metal provides complete solutions with their machines including build preparation software MPREP. What was the main motivation behind that?
Bjoern: We want to offer the all-in-one solution, meaning the customer buys our system and that´s it. He´s got the software, he´s got the printer, he´s got the unpacking station. Coming from this, it was clear that a preparation software was also mandatory for our system. Therefore, we looked for an affordable yet powerful software that would fit our and our customers needs.
You decided to provide dedicated additive manufacturing process simulation tools within MPREP. How would you explain the benefit of process simulation to your users?
Bjoern: Especially for newcomers to AM-technologies it can be a bit tricky to predict the outcome of a designed part. With offering simulation tools within our software we want the user to instantly be able to optimize every aspect of his building part. With integrated simulation tools the user doesn´t need a profound technological understanding of AM-processes. The user saves time and money by being able to detect errors immediately. In this way it goes along with our idea of making metal 3D printing understandable and more accessible.
How would you describe One Click Metal’s roadmap in regard to AM process simulation in the coming years?
Bjoern: Our plan on the long run is to simplify AM-processes so that printing metal 3D parts is possible with one click. Our vision regarding process simulation in the coming years is its complete integration in our preparation software. We want to integrate more aspects of simulation tools such as deformation, stresses, automatic distortion compensation, shrinkline/whiteline detection, re-coater impact detection and temperatures to make our system user-friendly in every possible way.
Is there anything else you would like our readers to know about?
Bjoern: To spread knowledge and make metal 3D printing more accessible there is one more thing that we are doing: the AMcademy. Our YouTube-channel is dedicated to everyone who is interested in metal 3D printing and wants to learn more. We provide educational content by explaining processes, materials, geometries, technologies – everything that is necessary to understand AM-processes.
Published 21 Nov 2019.
ParaMatters embeds AdditiveLab Simulation in CogniCAD Cloud solution
ParaMatters, a leading provider of cloud-based design and manufacturing software solutions, recently announced that it will launch at Formnext 2019 its complete end-to-end solution platform. CogniCAD 3.0 will offer novel generative design tools and optimized additive manufacturing features, including AM process simulation functionality powered by AdditiveLab’s cutting-edge simulation technologies.
ParaMatters provides leading solutions for generative design creation. Can you tell us a little bit more about what you do and your unique solution?
Generative Design and Topology Optimization have been in the market for a while. However, all the previously available solutions have been able to generate an inspiration only not the real designs. Therefore, engineers were expected to manually reconstruct geometry around the inspiration. After the geometry recreation, iterative validation analysis and shape adjustment are required. This old legacy process is very labor intensive, time consuming and did not bring much economic benefit to users.
ParaMatters, on the other hand, represents a paradigm shift from the old concept. CogniCAD – is DESIGN tool, which is completely autonomous. It generates manufacturable and CAD agnostic models fully automatically as one-click solution, eliminating tedious and manual labor, shortening design cycle and reducing cost.
Additionally, CogniCAD delivers superior performance designs for real life challenging problem due to high resolution, robust feature size control, ability to control stress, natural frequencies and stiffness.
At CogniCAD 3.0 we also introduce thermal generative design for passive cooling systems.
CogniCAD has evolved from a generative design solution to a complete end-to-end solution for additive manufacturing. What was the main motivation behind that?
Industry 4.0 is all about automation and digitalization of the design-to-manufacturing processes.
At ParaMatters we succeed to completely automate the design process. The next natural step is to take the designs to the manufacturing. Additive Manufacturing is an eco-system which includes several steps in order to manufacture final and validated design. First, is to obtain the correct print orientation and to generate support structures, dependent on the manufacturing process. Second, is to simulate the manufacturing process in order to predict possible failure or inaccuracies.
Many customers look for good end-to-end solution, and there is a lack of solution where each component is really high quality.
ParaMatters team developed a unique machine learning-based approach to design support structures and optimize build orientation. We see a lot of demand for high quality automated supports design and we think there is a lot of opportunity in this area.
Therefore, given our best-in-class generative design solution, reverse engineering offering, plus build orientation and support design; we felt like we are able to cover most of the design-to-manufacturing aspects and CogniCAD becomes high productivity platform, which has a very flexible business model. Users can achieve unprecedented level of quality and automation for a very affordable prices without an investment in expensive computation infrastructure, because CogniCAD is cloud-based.
ParaMatters is providing additive manufacturing process simulation capabilities in CogniCAD 3.0. How would you explain the benefit of process simulation to your users?
Metal Additive Manufacturing process is very expensive and very time consuming. Ability to virtually simulate the build process, detect potential failures and undesired distortions prior actual manufacturing is crucial from operational and economical perspectives.
As I explained before, CogniCAD becomes end-to-end design-to-manufacturing platform, and the missing puzzle is manufacturing simulation. We are very happy to collaborate with AdditiveLab to integrate metal AM simulation solution into CogniCAD.
Now CogniCAD users are able to:
• Generatively Design or Reverse Engineer parts
• Obtain Optimal Orientation and Design Supports
• Simulate metal AM process
CogniCAD users who designed high quality functional design, obtained orientation and designed support, have an access to a very fast and reliable simulation of metal AM process powered by AdditiveLab. AM process simulation will provide an indication and prediction if the planned print will be successful, and if not engineer will be able to add supports and improve the setup prior actual manufacturing.
How would you describe ParaMatter’s roadmap in regard to AM process simulation in the coming years?
AM process simulation is very important and it goes beyond metal. Polymers AM simulation is very interesting to explore.
Is there anything else you would like our readers to know about?
CogniCAD is a game changer. It is a high productivity design-to-manufacturing platform which allows companies to scale. Try it out !
Know more about this collaboration directly from AdditiveLab team at our booth in Hall 12.0, B81G, in the Formnext Startup area from 19 Nov - 22 Nov. Watch demos of our solutions, learn about how our team can help you optimize and customize your metal production process simulations.
Published 15 November 2019.
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AdditiveLab is Formnext Startup Challenge Winner
Formnext is a leading global trade fair event for Additive Manufacturing (AM). Organized in Frankfurt yearly, with more than 600 exhibitors, 26000 visitors of which 49% are international visitors – formnext acts as a hub of information for the AM world. During the fair, the big AM players show evolution in AM field, latest trends, and their innovative solutions to complex problems. In addition to the industrial leaders, Formnext also gives an opportunity to several young, innovative startups to demonstrate their solution’s uniqueness by competing in Formnext’s Startup Challenge.
AdditiveLab team is proud to announce that we are a winner of the renowned Formnext’s Startup Challenge award in 2019. AdditiveLab was selected, by a decorated jury of global key players experienced in AM technology and business growth, for its innovative approach to AM process simulation. AdditiveLab is a novel software solution for creating customized models for additive manufacturing process simulation. It enables users to simulate processes on scales ranging from micro-scale (scanning path) up to entire build configurations and helps to understand, predict and optimize manufacturing outcomes. With AdditiveLab, users can create their own simulation applications and automated workflows, and distribute them to design teams, manufacturing departments, test labs and customers.
Join our team at our booth in Hall 12.0, B81G, in the Formnext Startup area to watch demos of our solutions, learn about how our team can help you optimize and customize your metal production process simulations.
Published 9 September 2019.
AdditiveLab and ADDvance Manufacturing Technologies Enter Exclusivity Distribution Agreement in Spain and Portugal
As a result of the agreement with AdditiveLab, ADDvance will distribute AdditiveLab software for customers in Spain and Portugal.
“ADDvance is the leading Additive Manufacturing consultancy, with the goal to make adaption and strategic advancements in AM easier for the industry. With its team’s years of expertise in setting up new AM businesses in companies, helping adopt processes to optimize production and finding the best tools in industry fitting the user needs. ADDvance is well equipped to optimize the processes of its customers. It is an honor for us to be represented in Spanish and Portuguese region by ADDvance.” Announces Mariam Mir, Co-Founder of AdditiveLab.
“AdditiveLab is the most open and versatile software in the market for metal additive manufacturing process simulation. Due to its state of the art mechanical, thermal and thermo-mechanical simulation capabilities it allows engineers to identify potential issues and modify manufacturing configurations prior to the job, optimizing the process and saving time and money.” Says Elvira León, Managing Director of ADDvance. “AdditiveLab also offers full access to all simulation functionality for researchers enabling them in-depth production process and material insights and the power to customize their simulations.”
About ADDvance, advanced manufacturing consultancy services
ADDvance offers Advanced Manufacturing Consulting Services. Formed by a team of multi-disciplinary engineers, who offer all the necessary services and products for an integral solution for AM industrialization. ADDvance Consulting team is specialized in sustainable business models for additive manufacturing in different industries.
ADDvance supports customers in the industrialization of additive manufacturing, and performs feasibility analysis and validation projects adapted to the requirements of each sector. Through strategic partnerships with selected service providers as AdditiveLab, ADDvance provides the best technologies for each specific need. ADDvance has also a strong focus on research and development, performing projects of integration of equipment and software and designing customized automation solutions.
ADDvance supplies services to clients worldwide, but especially across Spain and Portugal and South American countries. For more information, please visit www.addvance3d.com
Published 11 July 2019.