Software Solutions for Design, Simulation, Additive Production
Autodesk’s Netfabb software is designed to take additive manufacturing beyond prototyping and plastics to create production-grade parts at scale.
The company provides a suite of modular manufacturing solutions, including CAM, additive manufacturing, composite processing, inspection, factory layout and robotics. The company also features its Within software for generative design optimization. These solutions create a “manufacturing ecosystem” engineered to streamline the design-for-manufacturing workflow in order to improve process efficiency, reduce failure rates and lower product development costs.
A video from Pratt & Whitney illustrates the steps needed to additively manufacture an aerospace component.
The widespread outsourcing of large machine castings led a collaborative team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to tackle the machine tool supply chain. The first step? 3D print the largest cast component.
A new metal AM system for batches of end-use parts was designed to permit productivity and machine pricing comparable to a CNC machine tool.