Renishaw collaborates with Simufact to enhance the success of laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) builds through accurate simulation and streamlined additive manufacturing (AM) build preparation. The collaboration includes the integration of Renishaw’s QuantAM build preparation software into Simufact Additive 2020. The two companies are also working together on improved simulation of the complex metallurgy of commonly used materials to enable successful prediction, and compensation, of stress and distortion during the printing process.
Simufact Additive 2020 includes an integrated Renishaw QuantAM API for build job preparation and export, which provides the user an error-free data transmission from Simufact Additive directly to Renishaw systems. This functionality also improves productivity because the entire work process from design to printed part is possible within the software. The QuantAM API now enables multi-laser build file preparation for Renishaw’s popular RenAM 500Q quad-laser machine.
The collaboration extends to improving the simulation process itself. The increasing adoption of multi-laser LPBF systems for production applications presents new simulation challenges.