Teton Simulation’s Smart Slice software plugin is the latest Industry 4.0 tool added to AM solutions provider Dynamism‘s roster. The software is an Ultimaker Cura Slicing plugin that uses cloud-based finite element analysis. This analysis optimizes print parameters in order to create parts that meet sometimes-stringent performance requirements while reducing printing times and material use.
The Smart Slice plugin aims to reduce the uncertainty inherent in AM modelling. Parts often break after production because the digital design comprises a fault only noticeable once the object exists. Digital simulations analyze each slice in the additive process to better understand the object’s potential structural integrity.
Without simulation software, multiple iterations become necessary to ensure that a design does not contain faults. Such trial-and-error processes degrade two of the key advantages of 3D printing: reduced lead times and reduced waste.
Smart Slice offers one way for companies to better ensure these advantages. It exists alongside Autodesk’s Simulation 360 suite, which has recently been added to its Fusion suite. Smart Slice’s marketability within Dynamism’s offering enhances its ability to compete with the tech giant.
“As a leading provider of 3D printing solutions, it is important that we provide end-to-end solutions for professionals”, Dynamism’s CEO Douglas Krone said, “this includes 3D scanners, materials, coaching from 3D printing specialists, and now software.”
Smart Slice’s benefits become readily apparent after just a few days on the job. In a test 3D printing a production run of 50 moderately sized levers, Smart Slice’s optimization was able to save 3.15 days in total print time per run while saving nearly 1kg of filament, all while delivering a part that met its performance requirements. For users unable to utilize cloud-based functionality due to IT limitations, local options are also available.
“Our Smart Slice technology was built from the ground up to give 3D printer operators near instant feedback on the viability of their project. There is simply no other solution in the industry that can provide lightning-fast, accurate feedback on the ‘as printed’ state of a part. Plus, our optimization feature takes the guesswork out of determining the right slicing parameters. We do all the work, so the user doesn’t have to. All of this capability is provided within the slicer making it very easy to use.” said Mike Kmetz, CEO at Teton Simulation Software.