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Software Developments for Additive Manufacturing

Jan. 31, 2024
Software that supports additive manufacturing (AM) continues to improve, making intricate designs and lattices possible in the AM space.

The software that supports additive manufacturing is a vital part of the 3D printing process—arguably as important as the 3D printer itself. Computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering software all can help support the additive manufacturing process.

Most engineers will benefit from exposure to CAD and CAE software tools, but they should also be familiar with CAM, according to Michigan State University’s Master’s Engineering Program website. Knowing how CAD and CAM interact can help improve the design and analysis phase of planning products and structures.

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Given the ever-increasing use of software for additive manufacturing, Machine Design’s coverage of it continues to grow. In March, we are dedicating a full week of coverage on the topic to help our audience further expand its understanding of this piece of additive manufacturing.

Each day during the week of March 11, new content will be published on our website. We’ll examine market trends, new technology developments and some use cases for how CAD/CAM/CAE software is used for additive manufacturing, including 3D printing and post-print processes.

On Thurs., March 14, we are hosting the webinar “How to Use Simulation and Interactive Modeling for Additive Manufacturing,” where panelists from CAD/CAM Consulting Services Inc. and Metafold3D share specific ways they boost productivity and achieve high-fidelity results when applying upfront approaches to simulation and interactive modeling.

Visit the registration page to learn more about the panelists and sign up to attend.

Are You Using CAD/CAM/CAE Software?

As part of our upcoming week dedicated to these software types, we will be pulling together data from those within the industry who are using the technology as well as where they see it going.

To provide input, reach out to me directly at [email protected]; we’d love to hear your insights about this software. We will compile all input and share it with our audience during the CAD/CAM/CAE software topic takeover week in March. It also might be used in future articles.

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If there are software-related topics you’d like to see us cover, let us know so we can provide the information you want and need for your additive manufacturing operation.

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