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An Introduction to Markforged Simulation Software

Blog Article  September 1, 2023

Additive manufacturing enables organizations to produce parts on demand, alleviating delays due to supply chain constraints. 3D printing cuts lead times from months to weeks or even days and can reduce costs as well. It is especially valuable for replacing parts that have been discontinued.

However, transitioning to 3D printing from legacy processes often presents a challenge. In order to validate the replacement part’s strength and performance, organizations must print and test it manually. Multiple design iterations are often needed, lengthening lead times, wasting materials and negating many of the benefits of 3D printing.

There are a number of part validation tools on the market, but they tend to be of limited value with additive manufacturing. These tools weren’t designed to handle the many variables associated with 3D printing, such as infill geometries and layer heights. Without proper validation, manufacturers sometimes resort to overbuilding the part with excessive infill or reinforcement or stick with legacy methods for producing load-bearing parts.

Markforged Simulation overcomes these obstacles by enabling the virtual validation of parts. Simulation helps organizations take full advantage of Markforged 3D printing technology to produce parts for demanding production use cases.

About Markforged Simulation

Introduced in November 2022, Markforged Simulation is the result of the company’s acquisition of Teton Simulation. Markforged based its simulation software on the Teton product and integrated it into its Eiger software.

It is included in the Advanced Digital Forge Subscription tier and accessed through the Eiger cloud software platform. It currently works for parts printed with the Markforged Onyx filament alone or Onyx reinforced with carbon fiber using any Markforged 3D printer, and 17-4PH Stainless Steel v2 on the Metal X. In future updates, Markforged will include compatibility with other materials.

Benefits of Markforged Simulation

Simulation enables the virtual validation of parts from within Eiger as part of the slice and print workflow. Because it is cloud-based and accessed on a subscription basis, Simulation doesn’t require investments in costly validation tools or onsite hardware.

Parts can be validated by entering a few parameters and clicking a few buttons, eliminating the need for time-consuming analysis by experts. Simulation even takes the guesswork out of print configurations, enabling the optimization of settings to improve strength, reduce material costs or shorten print time.

With Simulation, there’s no need for multiple design-print-test-iterations or overbuilding parts. Designers can optimize the part for the specific application and know before printing that it will meet performance requirements. Organizations can save hundreds or thousands of dollars per part in labor and material costs while gaining faster delivery of trusted parts.

Designers also gain the confidence to use thermoplastic and fiber-reinforced parts in applications that would traditionally require metal. This enables organizations to maximize the benefits of additive manufacturing.

How Markforged Simulation Works

Designers can access Simulation from within Eiger before printing a part that has been sliced. Selecting the Simulation button in the upper right corner of the view screen will take the user to the Simulation Configuration tool.

Why Saratech Recommends Markforged Simulation

Markforged Simulation uniquely fills a need in additive manufacturing. This easy-to-use software dramatically reduces the time and cost associated with the design-print-test process. It also eliminates the need to validate parts using legacy tools and techniques. It assures the designer that the part will meet the requirements of the use case and optimizes the printing process and material use. Organizations can take advantage of trusted parts faster and maximize the value of their 3D printing investments.

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