Tutorial video

FEA-Based Thickness in Materialise 3-matic

Materialise 3-matic software enables users to perform a finite-element thickness analysis and optimize components in their designs quicker. Follow the video below to learn how to efficiently perform this analysis in just a few simple steps.

This video was recorded using Materialise 3-matic Remesh module.

Prerequisites

Video topics

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Remesh 0:28

Create lightweight structures 2:00

Finite element analysis results 4:27

Description of the different steps

 

Remesh (Optional)

1. Perform a Remesh

  • Ensure that you have an empty shell by selecting Remesh > Adaptive Remesh > Section List > desired section > Section > Enable Clipping
  • Adjust positioning of the part to check for red sections displaying the empty interior
  • Navigate to Remesh > Create Volume Mesh > select entity > >Apply
  • Once it has been applied, you can view the volume elements within the part

 

2. Create a Volume Mesh

  • Ensure that you have an empty shell by selecting Remesh > Adaptive Remesh > Section List > desired section > Section > Enable Clipping
  • Adjust positioning of the part to check for red sections displaying the empty interior
  • Navigate to Remesh > Create Volume Mesh > select entity > Apply
  • Once it has been applied, you can view the volume elements within the part

 

Create lightweight structures

1. View the part’s volume that will be replaced by a graph by navigating to the Object Tree, selecting the part’s volume, and pressing Show

  • Optional: Deactivate mesh by unselecting Smooth Shaded

 

2. View the unit cell by select Unit cell in the Object Tree, then click Show

 

3. Repeat the unit cell: Create Unit Graph > Select desired Graph set > Select desired graph size and Method > Apply

 

4. Assign initial graph thickness

  • Under the Lightweights toolbar, select Graph to AM Build
  • Choose your entity in the Object Tree and desired thickness under Operations > Graph to AM Build > Global AM Build Parameters
  • Press Apply

 

5. Analyze lightweight structure

  • Choose File > Export > ABAQUS
  • Choose the entity and frame, then select Export volume mesh and further details under Operations
  • Determine where you’d like to save the file under Output filename

 

Finite Element Analysis results

1. Import your file

  • Under the Analyze toolbar, select Import File
  • Below Operations > Import FEA Results, click Target model and Import report to select the files you’d like to import
  • Click Apply

 

2. Show analysis results

  • Navigate to Object Tree > entity > Analysis List > Average Values – Graph > Show
  • Select Average Values – Graph below Properties to view the results

 

3. Apply thickness based on results

  • Click the Lightweights toolbar, then FEA Based
  • Choose your entity under the Object Tree, then select your graph from the Graph List
  • Choose your result by clicking Analysis under Operations, then Object Tree > entity > Analysis List > Average Values – Graph
  • Press Apply

 

4. Convert your graph to STL, if needed

  • Navigate to Lightweights > STL
  • Choose desired graph in Object Tree > entity > Graph List > desired graph
  • Set your Accuracy below Operations > Graph to STL > STL parameters
  • Click Apply

 

5. Use Smooth operation for improved result

Author(s) Oleksandr Kostiuchenko
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Tutorial created on 16 December 2016
Last modified on 16 December 2016