BAE Systems Air, a multinational defense, security, and aerospace company, has chosen MSC´s Simufact Additive software for the simulation of metal AM components after a long assessment of all the major AM simulation tools. BAE Systems opened back in 2015 a new Product and Process Development Centre, where they have conducted trials of the market leading packages for the simulation of metal AM processes. At the end of this trial phase, they have concluded that Simufact Additive software can deliver good results and they gained great confidence from the trials that they have carried out. Furthermore, BAE Systems is already using other MSC Software products such as MSC Nastran, Patran, and MSC Apex.
While manufacturing components additively, BAE systems must face the main challenges of residual stresses and distortions. At this stage, their application engineers will use the MSC software solution that enables them to create the build preparation of a component in order to get the best orientation and support strategies for a particular build. Employing Simufact Additive, BAE Systems is now able to reduce the distortion in components by more than 70% at the first iteration step.