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How to Use Simulation and Interactive Modeling for Additive Manufacturing

3D design experts talk about boosting productivity and quality with upfront approaches to software that supports 3D printing and additive manufacturing.

This webinar was originally held on March 14th, 2024, and is now available for on demand viewing. 

Duration: 1 hour

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In an up-to-the-minute discussion about the software interface for 3D design engineers, panelists share specific ways they boost productivity and achieve high-fidelity results when applying upfront approaches to simulation and interactive modeling for additive manufacturing. For example:

  • Implicit modeling defines the 3D models in a mathematical equation, allowing lattice structures to be generated quickly.
  • Cloud-based platforms allow for complicated geometries to be designed in one location and printed thousands of miles away.
  • Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) is key to achieving the right result.
  • Hardware and software must be able to communicate.
  • In addition to monitoring and controlling the process, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) will not only predict errors but propose corrective actions, so that parts are printed error-free, which might be used for critical applications such as aerospace and defense.


    Axel Fernandes
    Additive Manufacturing Lead
    CAD/CAM Consulting Services Inc.

    Axel Fernandes is additive manufacturing lead at CAD/CAM Consulting Services Inc. and an accomplished engineering manager with vast experience in developing products, tools and solutions using a range of manufacturing technologies with a deep expertise in additive manufacturing (SLA, FDM, SLS, DMLS, binder jetting). He also has expertise in 3D CAD, build preparation, G-code generation, process setting and optimization, topology optimization and generative design. Fernandes’ passion lies in building engineering teams from scratch and finding solutions to complex problems using the right engineering mindset and tools.

    Dalia Mahmoud
    Research Engineer

    Dalia Mahmoud is a dedicated research engineer at Metafold3D, where she has made significant contributions over the past 6 months as a key member of the team developing cutting-edge simulation capabilities. Equipped with a Ph.D. in metal additive manufacturing from McMaster University, Canada, Mahmoud is a recognized expert in her field. Her passion for additive manufacturing stems from a belief in its power to unlock true innovation and overcome the limitations of traditional manufacturing methods.


    Sharon Spielman
    Technical Editor
    Machine Design

    Sharon Spielman is technical editor for Machine Design, where her beat includes 3D printing/additive manufacturing; automation; robotics; and mechanical and motion systems, with an emphasis on pneumatics and linear motion. She has more than three decades of experience as a writer and editor for a range of B2B brands, including those that cover electrical design and manufacturing; interconnection technology; food and beverage manufacturing; process heating and cooling; finishing; and package converting.

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