Fraunhofer IAPT integrates its “Additive Design Toolkit” into Synera – to address DfAM challenges

Vizualize and extract opposing regions of a mesh that are close apart from each other. Credit: Synera | Visualiser et extraire des régions opposées d'un maillage qui sont proches les unes des autres. Crédit : Synera

To address the challenges related to DfAM, research institute Fraunhofer IAPT has developed an Additive Design Toolkit (ADT) for the Synera platform. Synera, previously known as ELISE, is an open generative engineering platform that provides a strong base to operators that would like to leverage modeling and simulation tools.

With the Additive Design Toolkit, Synera aims to enable engineers using its platform to evaluate and optimize part designs for AM. A few tasks the ADT enables to conduct include the evaluation of part designs, support structure estimation or even integration with optimization workflows.

As you may know, small geometric features, cavities, and varying surface qualities can impact the final part’s integrity and quality.  The ADT assists in identifying small geometric features, cavities, and surface regions that may impact the final print quality. It provides insights for optimizing part designs.

On another note, determining the optimal location and volume of support structures can be crucial for successful Additive Manufacturing. The ADT can help estimate these parameters, streamlining the design process.

‍According to Fraunhofer IAPT, three main benefits can be outlined when it comes to ADT:

  • Accelerated Design Guideline Checks: The ADT reduces the time and effort required for manual design guideline checks. This helps to decrease engineering costs and speeds up the design iteration process.
  • Efficient Evaluation of Design Candidates: Additive manufacturing offers unparalleled design freedom, but navigating through numerous design candidates and orientations can be overwhelming. The ADT automates this process, enabling the evaluation of large numbers of design options quickly and effectively.
  • Lowering the Barrier to Adoption: The Additive Design Toolkit (ADT) empowers newcomers to additive manufacturing by providing tools and insights that simplify the design process. This helps lower the barrier to entry and encourages wider adoption of this advanced manufacturing method.


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