SPEE3D, the Australian manufacturer of systems based on a kinetic consolidation (cold blow powder) high-speed metal 3D printing technology, released SPEE3DCraft, a novel free-to-download additive manufacturing (AM) simulator where individuals can explore genuine metal 3D printing technologies and processes in a way that is both fun and educational, directly from their PC. As Autodesk Product Marketing Manager Paul Sohi recently tested first hand and reported, the software also features an in-game version of the Fusion 360 design software.
“SPEE3D’s latest endeavor is […] a training-based simulator where you can develop your metal additive manufacturing skills and virtually design, print, post-process, and supply metal parts using SPEE3D tech,” Sohi explained. “SPEE3DCraft also features Fusion 360—yes! Fusion 360 is officially in a video game!—so you can interact with your project and realistically design metal 3D printed parts all in the same environment.”
Developed in-house, SPEE3DCraft is a multi-environment simulator designed to provide users the most authentic AM experience possible. Almost every aspect of the simulator has been programmed to be a reflection of the existing SPEE3D process and its technology. For example, the duration of each operation in SPEE3DCraft, from printing to post-processing the metal part is scaled to real-time. Users are also able to craft real metal parts currently used in everyday manufacturing. The CAD station featured in the SPEE3DCraft simulator has been designed to imitate real Autodesk Fusion 360 CAD software that is used in the actual SPEE3D process.
The downloadable simulator offers craftspeople and 3D printing enthusiasts the opportunity to discover real-life metal 3D printing workflows using the same technology and equipment developed by SPEE3D. Through this intuitive, gamified simulator, individuals can now engage with additive manufacturing techniques once shrouded in ambiguity, virtually anywhere, and for free.
Craftspeople often require direct access to a technology to refine or develop their manufacturing capability, or if the technology is new, to learn how it works. Recent workplace COVID-19 safety restrictions and postponed events that feature new tech has limited an individual’s opportunity to augment their skillset. SPEE3DCraft was conceptualized to overcome these limitations, as an easily obtainable alternative for individuals to experience and learn about real-life metal 3D printing.
“SPEE3DCraft shows people how SPEE3D’s metal 3D printing process works from start to finish in a way unlike anything seen before,” explained SPEE3D CTO Steve Camilleri. “From aspiring engineers to manufacturing craftspeople, we are excited to see how it inspires the practice of those who use it”.
In SPEE3DCraft users play as a craftsperson. They are tasked to interact with additive manufacturing technology and machinery to design, print, post-process and supply as many metal parts as possible. The user’s score is determined based on how many high-quality metal parts they can deliver within a time limit.
Autodesk provides 3D design, engineering and entertainment software services across various industries, such as manufacturing, architecture, building, construction, and media and entertainment. Accurate simulation of Autodesk’s Fusion 360 software within SPEE3DCraft presents an innovative way a user can interact with the technology as part of the experience.
Autodesk director of additive manufacturing Alexander Oster commented: “Autodesk Fusion 360 exists to provide users the power to create anything. SPEE3D brings a paradigm shift to metal additive manufacturing, providing dramatic reductions in production costs that will be revolutionary for the industry. Having the representation of Fusion 360 in SPEE3DCraft is really unique, and we’re excited to see how it drives our complementary technologies providing value to new and existing users”.