Real-time analysis: Get immediate feedback on how part orientation impacts support areas, down-facing areas, approximated stress, print time, and material consumption.
Orientation constraints setting: Select faces or facets that should receive no supports or should not face downwards to ensure the best surface quality.
Automated best-fit positioning: Follow automated suggestions for part orientation that comply with predefined minimum criteria like tray area usage, number of supports, printing time, and stress. Or provide user-defined settings for each criterion priority.
Print environment visualization: View build tray volume, gas flow, and re-coater/roller directions.
Parametric, history-based hybrid CAD toolset: Use a rich set of parametric and history-based hybrid (b-rep and mesh) CAD tools and advanced direct modeling tools to improve part printability and prepare for post-processing operations like closing holes and adding material for machining.
ECOs (engineering change orders): Replace time-consuming manual operations with a fast, automated process by automatically applying all design operations performed on a previous model version to an imported, updated one.
Shrinkage compensation: Apply scaling to compensate for part shrinkage during the build process.
Volumetric lattice and infill structures: Hollow out parts while maintaining their shape and meeting their mechanical specifications.
Surface texture: Apply printable and conformal textures to achieve the required texture for each surface.
Lightning-fast optimization: Quickly create, edit, and visually manipulate lattice structures with history-based parametric feature with groundbreaking volume representation (V-Rep) technology.
Flexible automation: Use a rich library of pre-defined lattice structures. Design your own unit cell lattice structures and cell progression or import lattice structures designed in other systems.
Lattice optimization: Run an FEA stress analysis on lattice structure and the surrounding area and optimize lattice elements based on that analysis to meet functional property requirements while keeping weight, material usage, and printing time to a minimum.
End-to-end fault prediction: Predict issues that might result in build failure or damage to the printer before sending the part to print. Verify proper part orientation and support design and analyze the effects of taking the part off the build plate, removing supports, and applying heat treatment.
Integrated within the design environment: Easily apply corrections without going back and forth between multiple software solutions.
Offload simulation: Offload calculations to a separate computing platform and continue with your design work.
Detect defects early: Receive layer-by-layer simulation results without waiting for the entire simulation process to finish.
Compensated model: Use a geometrical model that offsets the deviations created during printing as a reference for adjustments to ensure the printed part matches the digital model.
Easily define areas. Use the patent-pending 3D Zoning feature to define virtual volumes with objects created by standard CAD operations and assign specific print strategies to those volumes.
Shorten printing time. Automatically and manually assign optimal print strategies to relevant objects like supports, lattices, internal volumes, small features, high-quality surfaces, and circular areas and match the required quality with printing speed and accuracy.
Maintain part integrity. Eliminate the need to divide the part into separate objects and use the automated zone fusion with different printing strategies to avoid weak spots and seam lines.
Eliminate supports in hard-to-reach areas. Set multi-exposure special printing strategies to ensure printing integrity without building supports.
Calculate scan paths intelligently. Increase throughput while maintaining print quality by combining control over the print head including auto balancing for 3D Systems multi-laser direct metal printers with zoning and part geometry.
Shorten calculation time. Offload and distribute the calculation to additional computers. Get a quick and accurate preview of the actual scan path for selected slices prior to calculating the entire part.
Choose from flexibile print strategies. Optimize your printer with pre-defined best-practice parameters for each machine, material, and print strategy. Or develop your own printing strategies with unprecedented control over scan path calculation methods and parameters.
Validate the print process. Use the slice view to navigate through the motions of the calculated scan path per each layer.
Arrange the tray. Automatically position and nest (2D and 3D) parts on the build platform to optimize the printing volume, eliminate collisions and interlocking, and create a united optimal scan-path for the entire build.
Label. Add labels to each of the parts placed on the tray or the tray itself to make them easily-identifiable and combine their scan path with the build scan path.
Verify. Use a range of analysis tools to verify all parts are ready for printing and view the combined scan path and estimations for print time, material consumption, and overall costs.
Send to print. Send to the printer as scan path information, generic CAD format like STEP and Parasolid, STL, 3MF, or CLI slicing data.
Prepare for post processing. Program machining and drilling tools to remove supports, machine high-quality surface areas, and drill, tap, or ream holes.
Shorten lead times. Automatically receive printing preparation data as stock including support geometry, support region contours, and machining offset objects and apply smart machining templates to them.