The Altair Partner Alliance(APA) is welcoming Additive Works’ Amphyon to its software offering. Amphyon is a simulation-driven, process software for powder bed-based, laser beam melting additive manufacturing processes. It allows for automatic optimization of part orientation as well as a build-up process simulation and the adaption of process parameters in order to achieve a higher part quality and more process stability.
“Amphyon’s innovative approach to 3D printing simulation provides an efficient and practical solution to benefit a wide range of industrial users involved with designing and printing complex metallic parts,” said Subir Roy, Senior Director of Industry Solutions at Altair. “The GPU based software with its intuitive GUI enables the user to do trade-off studies for part orientation as a function of accessibility, support volume, build time etc. Distortion calculations from simulation can be used to compensate the part geometry to minimize deviation from the design target.”
Amphyon saves money, time and energy in the development of additively manufactured components. By integrating fast numerical process analysis and simulation into the process chain, surface quality and shape accuracy can be increased without the need for further action by the user. Amphyon consists of several modules which support the pre-processing steps and enhance the process itself. There are three major applications Amphyon and its modules focus on: helping designers learn how to deal with AM and its issues, helping researchers study process physics by numerical simulation and helping production optimize pre-processing and build data in a few steps.
“Amphyon was designed to replace the experiment driven development of build-up strategies in laser beam melting with simulations and geometry analyses,” said Dr. rer. Nat. Nils Keller, Co-Founder & CEO at Additive Works. “Due to the numerically calculated knowledge about process-induced thermal and mechanical loads, the build-up process can already be optimized on the level of pre-processing. This will save HyperWorks users a lot of resources and additionally enhance the part quality as well as the level of automation.”
As a simulation-based process software for additive manufacturing, Amphyon can be used to calculate the optimal orientation of a part to additively manufacture it. Also, the build-up process can be simulated in order to calculate stresses and part deformation and generate a predeformed STL file.
Altair’s HyperWorks platform applies a revolutionary subscription-based licensing model in which customers use floating licenses to access a broad suite of Altair-developed, as well as third-party, software applications on demand. The Altair Partner Alliance effectively extends the HyperWorks Platform from more than 20 internally developed solutions to upwards of 60 applications with the addition of new partner applications. Customers can invoke these third-party applications at no incremental cost using their existing HyperWorks licenses. Customers benefit from unmatched flexibility and access, resulting in maximum software utilization, productivity and ROI. For more information about the Altair Partner Alliance, visit http://www.altairhyperworks.com/apa.
Additive Works GmbH was founded by four interdisciplinary professionals in late 2015. As a Spin-Off company of ISEMP, University of Bremen, Additive Works combines state-of-the-art scientific approaches with application-oriented software engineering to offer innovative software solutions for simulation based additive processes.
All activities of Additive Works focus on one general mission: To provide highly usable solutions for first time right additive manufacturing and take this technology to the next level. The growing team of Additive Works started with four motivated scientists and entrepreneurs. It combines essential skills in physical modelling, software development and algorithm optimization with years of experience in simulation and control of additive manufacturing. Especially the diversity in scientific backgrounds within the team provides the flexibility, innovativeness and agility necessary for solving the complex and manifold difficulties of this marvelous yet challenging process. Find out more at www.additive.works.
Altair is focused on the development and broad application of simulation technology to synthesize and optimize designs, processes and decisions for improved business performance. Privately held with more than 2,600 employees, Altair is headquartered in Troy, Michigan, USA and operates 67 offices throughout 23 countries. Today, Altair serves more than 5,000 corporate clients across broad industry segments. To learn more, please visit www.altair.com.