Metal 3D printing company, Velo3D, has today announced a number of updates to its Flow print preparation software.
The software is designed specifically for use with Velo3D’s Sapphire laser fusion metal additive manufacturing system to enable part orientation, support generation, simulated print predictions, per-surface process application, and process review. Velo3D says these updates will result in reduced print preparation time and the ability to print complex part geometries, including low angles and overhangs below five degrees, without supports.
Key features include a new physics-driven simulation engine which contributes to achieving a first print success rate of up to 90 percent and the ability to predict the print outcome, apply deformation correction and validate the feasibility of the part before printing. Meanwhile, a sophisticated composer detects geometric features and applies the optimised, proven print process to specific features to deliver predictable outcomes. Velo3D believes the integration of print preparation, simulation and composing capabilities into a single software will significantly simplify the workflow.
In addition to simulation, native CAD workflow controls allow smart selection, refinement, and filtering of part features. With the native CAD import, the design intent is preserved, and users can optimise for target cost and quality parameters by surface. Flow allows the user to optimise a print within the design requirements by delivering the highest possible quality for critical surfaces, while non-critical surfaces can be optimised for throughput.
“Build preparation software has always been an afterthought,” said Benny Buller, CEO of Velo3D. “Velo3D’s strategy is to offer an integrated hardware, software and process solution. The system is process driven, where the software manages the hardware and can predict and control the outcome. It is the only way to fulfil our mission to manufacture any design, assure accuracy and consistency and thus take additive manufacturing mainstream.”
Prior to its latest software updates, last month Velo3D announced efforts to enhance the material portion of the AM process chain in a partnership with Praxair Surface Technologies, a leading producer of premium specialty alloy-based solutions, to develop process parameters for new materials. The partnership will see Velo3D develop parameters for new alloys with Praxair’s TruForm powders to be used with its Sapphire system.