Stratasys, Dassault Systèmes develop design tools to optimize FDM 3D printed production parts

Feb 8, 2017 | By Tess

3D printing giant Stratasys has been creating lots of buzz at the ongoing SOLIDWORKS World 2017 event in Los Angeles. Not only did the company unveil a brand new series of professional FDM 3D printers (the F123 Series), it has also announced a new partnership with French multinational software company Dassault Systèmes through which they will develop next-gen design tools that will increase the functionality, efficiency, and weight ratio of FDM 3D printed parts.

SIMULIA design optimization allowed this 3D printed circuit box’s weight to be reduced by 30%

Stratasys will be working with Dassault Systèmes’ SIMULIA platform, which is designed for  product simulation. Together, the companies will develop advanced simulation tools for optimizing FDM 3D printed parts for a range of applications, including in the aerospace and automotive sectors.

More information about the collaboration will be revealed during a joint webinar on February 16, 2017. The webinar, called “Simulation-Driven Design and 3D Printing with Dassault Systèmes and Stratasys” will reportedly address the early solution capabilities of their next-gen design tools.

Scott Berkey, CEO of SIMULIA, Dassault Systèmes, commented on the partnership, saying, “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 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.”

Strength and fatigue analysis

The 3D technology leaders have already worked together on Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform, which includes applications SOLIDWORKS and SIMULIA among others, and which supports Stratasys’ FDM 3D printing systems and materials. Additionally, the companies list capabilities that have and will continue to be addressed through their partnership, such as “design optimization for lighter weight parts,” which could increase efficiency in terms of part performance and material consumption; strength and fatigue analysis, which could promote the increased use of FDM 3D printed parts for load-bearing purposes; and print process simulation, which could offer insights into the performance of the 3D printed part, including residual stresses.

“Stratasys shares Dassault Systèmes’ vision for a fully integrated, end-to-end design to additive manufacturing solution,” said Jon Stevenson, Senior VP Global Software, Stratasys. “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.”

In addition to announcing its collaboration with Dassault Systèmes, Stratasys also revealed it was launching a GrabCAD Print Add-In for SOLIDWORKS. The new Add-In will allow users to estimate and 3D print parts all within the SOLIDWORKS environment, effectively making it easier to use Stratasys 3D printers in tandem with the SOLIDWORKS platform. Stratasys says the GrabCAD Print Add-In will include such features as material selection, slice height, part orientation, automatic layout, and more.

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