November 29, 2021
BigRep, a company focused on large-format 3D printing solutions, and Teton Simulation, creators of SmartSlice technology, have partnered to bring performance requirements-based validation and print parameter optimization to industrial large-format prints.
“We are convinced their industry-standard design verification will boost large-format FDM usage even in the most load-critical applications,” says Dr. Sven Thate, managing director of BigRep. “We also see the possibilities of their load based design optimization to deliver significant time and materials savings and make FDM usage on industrial level easier than ever.”
SmartSlice helps industrial users to quickly define load cases for parts they intend to print and validate the as-printed performance of these parts against mechanical limits of the material but also against part deflections. With built-in optimizer features, users can also let the software find slicer settings individually for each section of a 3D geometry, guaranteeing load performance with minimal amount of material.
“BigRep’s ability to create high-quality, production-level parts at such a large scale provides a great opportunity to reduce material waste, increase efficiency, and save project costs,” says Teton Simulation CEO Doug Kenik. “And with BigRep BLADE slicer software we have the perfect vehicle to harvest the full power of SmartSlice, bringing significant benefits to the users.”
The output of this partnership is expected to bring confidence that parts meet functional and performance requirements as well as time, money and material saving possibilities with automated part analysis and optimization from small- to large-format 3D printing, according to the companies.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.
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