Renishaw (Stone, England) has announced a collaboration with Dassault Systèmes (Vélizy-Villacoublay, France) to enhance software for laser metal additive manufacturing (AM). This alliance coincides with a partnership announced between Trumpf and Siemens to streamline their AM processes using software.
Users of Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE platform applications will be able to design, optimize, simulate, and set up additive manufacturing builds directly for production on Renishaw’s AM systems, which build 3D metal parts using laser powder bed fusion technology. Dedicated CATIA applications include a range of tools to develop and perform topological optimization of parts. DELMIA is employed to generate the process from build set up to generation of the necessary laser paths (scan paths). Simulation of the entire AM build, including stress analysis and distortion prediction, is carried out in SIMULIA.
Both Renishaw and Dassault Systemes have software which is accessible to authorised third parties and this plays a key role in the collaboration. It ensures the laser paths (scan paths) generated by DELMIA are optimized for Renishaw metal AM systems and produce the best quality builds. This open ecosystem enables collaboration with other experts working towards the common goal of creating a streamlined AM software experience.
“The 3DExperience platform coupled with QuantAM enables parts to be produced accurately from the outset, which is of tangible time and cost benefit to users. It marks the beginning of many enhancements we have in the pipeline to improve the AM user experience and streamline the frontend of the manufacturing process," explained Stephen Anderson, Renishaw’s Director of Group Software.