GrabCAD Print’s Advanced FDM feature would facilitate the design phase until the 3D printing process
This expertise is not often put forward and yet 3D printer manufacturers also have to ensure efficient use of their software in order to enable an appropriate 3D Printing process.
During SOLIDWORKS WORLD 2019, Stratasys unveiled the new features of its software for FDM technology, designed to facilitate the transformation of CAD files into STL. The software aims to streamline workflow, production times and efficient usage of the AM system. The “Advanced FDM” feature has therefore been integrated to the software to further reach this goal.
The new feature aims at ensuring design intent via intuitive model interaction to rapidly deliver strong, light, and purpose-built parts.
The reality is that the conversion of CAD-to-STL is not that easy and often requires a lot of time. Hat’s why Stratasys aims at removing this complexity through this feature that would accelerate part production while creating light parts with all heir mechanical properties.
The good news is that the feature doesn’t require manual intervention for complex toolpaths – cutting overall programming times for 3D printing.
Assigning attributes directly to CAD models, users pinpoint areas of strength and rigidity, control infills, ensure sufficient material around holes with inserts, and avoid seams. Since toolpaths are automatically generated from model assignments, the user can expect to spend significantly less time on part setup, without losing strong, high-quality, purpose-built FDM parts.
“Advanced FDM has proved invaluable in improving our part processing time. When processing a very large number of tools and fixtures in a very time pressured environment, it was crucial to ensure stronger tool areas were correct first time, every time,” said Dave Hewitson, Rapid Prototyping Programmer at McLaren. “Advanced FDM negates the requirement for multiple programs – creating a more streamlined process. It’s also allowed us to more effectively control the structure of end-use car parts, something that was previously very difficult with the solutions we had in hand. This means we can get better parts to the track faster.”
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