3D printing has the reputation for its speed, versatility, and cost benefits but we are starting to see other technologies integrate with additive manufacturing.
Teton Simulation is a leader in optimization technology that integrates directly into additive manufacturing slicing software programs. Using simulation technology purposely built for FDM, Teton’s SmartSlice focuses on meeting the performance needs that a part has to fulfill. And now, having joined the GrabCAD Software Partner Program, companies now have access to Teton’s cutting edge software. Customers can optimize their print settings so that their printed parts spend less time in R&D, shorten development cycles and much more .
“SmartSlice replaces traditional print-break-iterate design cycles with physics-based simulation and optimization algorithms. These traditional design cycles are time consuming and expensive as it can take several cycles to find the print settings and/or the ideal filament for a part.” -- (need speaker of quote)
Breaking the Cycle With SmartSlice
When trying to get a part to market. There are so many aspects to consider from a performance standpoint.
“Again, the objective is to optimize the print settings to use the least amount of material and print time, while satisfying the stiffness and strength requirements. Our customers see the greatest benefit in optimizing to minimize print time.” - Doug Kenik, Chief Executive Officer, Teton Simulation
Teton Simulation’s greatest strength is their focus on structural requirements. Stiffness and overall strength for a part are the biggest requirements across a variety of industries which SmartSlice covers.
“There are obvious industries like aerospace and automotive that feature parts with strength and/or stiffness requirements but there are less obvious industries as well. For example, the assembly lines in cosmetics and beverage industries use FDM parts that have strength requirements because, if the part fails, the assembly line must shut down and that is clearly something to avoid.”
SmartSlice simply figures out the ideal print settings for a part. There is no need to take a designed part back into CAD to make alterations or waste time testing then redesigning.
Having this all self contained in the printer software saves time and reduces the headache associated with DFAM.
As Teton Simulation continues to develop SmartSlice, the list of compatible printers will only grow. Later down the line we may see an increase of process automation within the tools and manufacturing process.
To learn about Teton Simulation and the value it will bring to Stratasys Customers being a part of the partner program visit https://www.tetonsim.com/!