Global science company, Royal DSM has announced the addition of four additive manufacturing (AM) grades into e-Xstream’s Digimat-AM simulation solution
In the upcoming Digimat 2019.0 release, the digital twins of these materials will be available as Digimat material models to allow end-users to perform FFF process simulation and part performance prediction in the Digimat Additive Manufacturing Solution. The combination of DSM’s high-performance AM grades with e-Xstream’s printing process simulation, which also includes profiles for Solvay filaments, will allow manufacturers to identify manufacturing issues before printing.
Nirali Surati, Product manager Additive Manufacturing Solids at DSM commented: “Additive manufacturing is quickly evolving from prototyping into mainstream manufacturing. One of the most important enablers is the capability to predict the behaviour and performance of 3D printed parts in applications. Thanks to the collaboration with e-Xstream Engineering our customers now have the toolbox to design and predict reliable parts with the performance required for their application.”
The four 3D printing grades added to the Digimat-AM database are:
Novamid ID 1030, a high-quality polyamide 6/polyamide 66, which can produce parts with a good balance between stiffness, modulus and impact properties with excellent interlayer strength and high surface quality.
Novamid ID 1030 -CF10, a 1% Carbon fibre reinforced PA6/66 filament designed for printing functional prototypes and industrial parts. Its mechanical properties and smooth surface appearance make it ideal for a very broad range of applications that require robust mechanical performance at elevated temperatures (HDT up to 180°C).
Novamid ID 1070, a premium PA6 with good mechanical performance due to unique co-polymer technology which offers high stiffness due to high crystallinity and very high interlayer strength for robust parts.
Arnite ID 3040, a high-performance engineering plastic which combines high strength and impact resistance with good processing characteristics. With a melting point a 255°C, Arnite ID 3040 is well suited for a broad range of automotive, electrical & electronic consumer goods applications.
Olivier Lietaer, Business Development Engineer for Additive Manufacturing at e-Xstream engineering added: “We are very excited to work with DSM on the characterisation and simulation of their high performance FFF grades to answer a key challenge of today’s AM industry: the need of AM-focus numerical simulation models and tools. Working with a pioneer actor of the AM industry will also help continuously improving our Digimat Additive Manufacturing simulations. This recent joint effort on AM ultimately strengthens the long beneficial collaboration between e-Xstream and DSM.”
DSM and e-Xstream will exhibit at Formnext, from 13-16 November in Frankfurt Messe. Company experts will present on Modelling Process and Performance of Fused Filament Fabrication at the TCT Introduction stage @ Formnext on 16th November at 1.30pm.