Now that the design concept is put in place it’s time to get down to the nitty gritty. How to optimize performance and usability? How to optimize for ergonomics and costs? In short, at this point, D&E is making the design live up to its full potential. And printing a prototype as needed.
Textures can add esthetic appeal or enhanced functionality to your 3D-printed parts. You can use textures to improve grip, aerodynamics and tactility, or even just to personalize a product. You can also mimic the look of other materials, like leather or wood. And you don’t need to spend valuable time in post-production to add textures: we can apply surface textures, patterns or perforations directly on your CAD file, thanks to our software Materialise 3-matic. Your part is 3D-printed directly with your chosen texture, no matter how complex or customized you need it to be.
Complexity doesn’t cost you extra in Additive Manufacturing. Whether you’re trying to optimize your costs or use lightweight parts for their performance value or create tailored cushioning, lattice structures can be of tremendous value to you.
Additive Manufacturing allows you to create shapes and designs which are impossible or too costly to produce with traditional technologies. Talk to our engineers to see how we can optimize your designs by leveraging this capability.
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(Post-) Topology Optimization
After topology optimization, the resulting CAD file most likely features uneven surfaces which aren’t ideal for 3D Printing.
Our engineering team can help with rebuilding the new organic design in CAD, using our dedicated post-topology optimization module in Materialise 3-matic. Whether it was you or we that created the topology-optimized file(s), we will smooth, reconstruct and simplify the design for a cleaner part that is ready to print.
Re-design for AM
Whatever your goals for Additive Manufacturing are, you’ll only reach them if you design towards them from the start.
Sometimes however Additive Manufacturing is not top of mind at the start of a project and therefore we offer our expertise to help you re-design for Additive Manufacturing as an alternative to traditional machining techniques
Our in-house scanning systems allow us to digitize whatever components you have in mind. This digital information can then be used to create a new component or directly optimize its design for Additive Manufacturing. If you’re looking to optimize the design of a legacy part, or construct a replacement for a broken component, reverse engineering from a 3D scan can save you days or weeks of manual design. Our software Materialise 3-matic lets you go straight from scanned or CAD data to analysis and other CAE applications.
Design on scanned data
3D scanning can be a key contributor to your design process, by acting as a starting point for 3D modeling. Our engineers have the tools to make design modifications or even new designs on the mesh level.
The Materialise Magics software plays a key role in the metal Additive Manufacturing process. Our engineering experts use the tool to benefit from an in-depth understanding of the mechanisms behind metal AM, guiding you on the issues such as best part orientation and support generation.
A number of advanced build validation tools first simulate the build of a part and then analyze the build risks of a part and its support structures to help detect and avoid issues at a later stage.