David Conover, Chief Technologist, Mechanical Products, ANSYS
While Additive Manufacturing (AM) offers improved and more cost-effective designs for many industrial products and components, it requires a distinct set of tools to harness its full potential. This presentation will address three areas that are required to do so in collaboration with partners in the Pittsburgh region. First, the design freedoms AM offers are uncovered using tools such as topology optimization and latticing while respecting the design for manufacturing constraints (DFAM). Secondly, the AM process for metals introduces strong thermal gradients leading to thermal distortions that must be simulated in order to provide physics-based process parameters, build orientation, and optimal build supports. Lastly, the same thermal gradients lead to spatially varying microstructure that must be understood and controlled.