The 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions company Stratasys Ltd on Tuesday announced a collaboration with global 3D printing major Dassault Systemes to provide next-generation design tools in the field of additive manufacturing. The specific partnership with Simulia — an engineering simulation software brand under Dassault Systemes powered by the 3DEXPERIENCE platform — will enable final part designs that are optimized for weight and strength for aerospace and automotive applications. 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.
“By fully simulating the unique characteristics of the Fused Deposition Modelling (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,” Scott Berkey, CEO, SIMULIA, Dassault Systemes, told reporters.
“The idea is to take design to the next level and simplified the workflow further,” Berkey said during the SOLIDWORKS World 2017 conference here.With this partnership, the new industry leading capabilities include design optimization for lighter weight 3D parts, using less material than a traditional manufacturing technology to achieve the same performance.
“Stratasys shares Dassault Systemes’ vision for a fully integrated, end-to-end design to additive manufacturing solution. This partnership brings Stratasys one step closer to that vision with high performance simulation tools that accurately represent the fused deposition model process,” added Jon Stevenson, Senior Vice President, Global Software, Stratasys.
Stratasys’ FDM-based 3D printing solutions are already being used to create production parts by companies like United Launch Alliance, Opel, Volvo Trucks and Daihatsu. Earlier this month, the 3-billion Euro Dassault Systemes announced financial results for the fourth quarter and the full year ending December 31, 2016.
3D printing or additive manufacturing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file.The creation of a 3D printed object is achieved using additive processes. In an additive process an object is created by laying down successive layers of material until the object is created. Each of these layers can be seen as a thinly sliced horizontal cross-section of the eventual object.It all starts with making a virtual design of the object you want to create. This virtual design is for instance a CAD (Computer Aided Design) file. This CAD file is created using a 3D modeling application or with a 3D scanner (to copy an existing object). A 3D scanner can make a 3D digital copy of an object.