Autodesk is extending Netfabb software into an end-to-end additive manufacturing solution, with enhanced simulation capabilities, new hybrid manufacturing functionality, and collaborative multi-head 3D printing.
Simulation for Netfabb helps users predict and adjust for deformation, enabling part designers and manufacturing engineers to optimize designs and reduce the number of iterations required for reliable build results.
To support hybrid manufacturing, Netfabb now includes solid modeling and near-net shape planning capabilities based on Autodesk PowerShape technology. Hybrid manufacturing functionality enables users to keep models in solid form and take advantage of solid modeling tools aligned to CAM workflows. It also enables manufacturers to keep sight of the original solid model and easily track the near-net shape as it is built to allow for the subtractive processes. With improved visibility of the original model and the near-net shape, Netfabb opens a connected workflow between build preparation and post-processing operations.
Also included in this update is control technology from Project Escher which powers machines with multiple extrusion-based print heads working together to print a single part. This collaborative 3D printing process makes printing industrial scale parts with greater speed and detail a possibility.
The company is also open-sourcing the hardware specifications and the software required to create machines with this new collaborative 3D printing capability. By doing so, hardware vendors will be able to create multi-head printers that can print parts faster than conventional single-head printers.