GE Additive Outlines AM Software Strategies and Partnerships for 2019
GE Additive announced its suite of build preparation services, which will be available at the Rapid + TCT show in May 2019.
At formnext, GE Additive demonstrated its digital workflow software solution and announced its suite of build preparation services, which will be available at the Rapid + TCT show May 2019. The software strategy centers on simplifying the additive process and enabling an interoperable workflow. The company intends to create a common experience through a secure tool that reduces design iterations and shortens the time to print an accurate part.
Improving additive manufacturing’s build preparation workflow involves several elements including a simplified workflow spanning the entire design to print process, interoperable build prep services available to CAD providers, the speed and accuracy of GeonX’s simulation coupled with iterative thermal compensation, improved slicing performance, and an off-machine build processor.
GE Additive also announced partnership agreements with software vendors including Autodesk, PTC, Siemens PLM Software and Vera Security, as well as a collaboration with Dassault Systems. The terms of these agreements have not yet been disclosed.
A dedicated AM facility is helping the company discover the technology’s potential for design as well as production.
Analyzing directed energy deposition and powder-bed fusion provides a thorough understanding of the extra machining necessary for a “near net shape” versus a “net shape” manufacturing process.
An engineering modification that would have been impractical or cost-prohibitive in the past is realized on a machine tool performing metal 3D printing and machining in the same cycle.