Stratasys and Dassault Systèmes partner to improve performance of AM production parts

Stratasys has announced a partnership with Dassault Systèmes to provide next generation design tools that improve the functionality, efficiency and weight ratio of additively manufactured (AM) production parts.

“By fully simulating the unique characteristics of the FDM process, we’re able to bring unprecedented accuracy and speed to the design and validation process,” said Scott Berkey, CEO, SIMULIA, Dassault Systèmes. “We’re pleased to be partnering with Stratasys to bring these critical capabilities to customers.”

The companies have collaborated on design and simulation capabilities for Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform which supports Stratasys’ FDM 3D printers and materials. These capabilities include design optimisation for lighter weight parts - 3D printed in a Fused Deposition Modelling process (FDM); Strength and fatigue analysis that provides the tools needed to support part qualification; And print process simulation providing further insights into the residual stresses and performance of the 3D printed FDM part.

Jon Stevenson, senior VP Global Software, Stratasys, said: “We believe the solution’s predictive capabilities and efficient workflow will significantly expand the range of parts that can be confidently produced with Stratasys FDM-based 3D printing solutions.”

Stratasys also announced a GrabCAD Print Add In for SOLIDWORKS. It enables the user to estimate and print parts without leaving the SOLIDWORKS environment, making 3D printing on Stratasys systems accessible to the entire community of SOLIDWORKS design and engineering professionals. Functions include material selection, slice height selection, part orientation, automatic layout, and more.