AMD is a 3D interactive environment that enables Manufacturing Engineers to optimize additive manufacturing techniques based on materiel deposition. AMD makes it easy for Engineers to setup, program, analyze, and re-use additive manufacturing processes.
Users can generate scanned paths based on the 3D geometry and apply appropriate strategies to add material from machine tools or robots equipped with a laser. The program will be generated under a specific neutral format that will be translated for the machine by post processors.
AMD provides basic design capabilities to help additive manufacturing engineers refine a part design for the fabrication process by providing a full suite of powerful tools for designing and validating components to support production engineering at all levels of the enterprise.
Maximize machine tool or robot utilization
AMD’s wide range of operations and strategies helps manufacturing engineers create material deposition programs that minimize non-value-added motion. Optimized programs, including in-fill & contouring operations with or without upskin/downskin regions, reduce overall printing cycle time. AMD simulates the material deposition sequences to validate what will happen on the machine.
Mitigate risk to production
AMD’s 3D environment enables manufacturing engineers to create optimized programs in the manufacturing context: machine, laser, accessories, tooling and other elements. This provides a better understanding of the machining cell and ensures that the laser path and strategy consider the machine’s physical environment. It reduces the risk of unexpected issues and production delays.
Leverage intellectual property
AMD improves automation and standardization of additive manufacturing programs. Users can define and store machining processes for slicing operations as dedicated templates, and store them in catalogs for reuse. Company intellectual property is capitalized and re-used to make programming more efficient. The gains in productivity and standardization are significant.
A single design-to-machining solution to understand engineering changes
Based on the 3DEXPERIENCE® platform, AMD provides an unrivaled level of associativity between product engineering, manufacturing processes, and resources. Companies can manage concurrent engineering and manufacturing flows better and shorten the design-to-manufacturing cycle. AMD offers the best available support of design changes or design variants and the rapid creation of programs for families of parts. Native implementation links connect additive manufacturing programs to engineering and manufacturing data. These links can be used to see which machine programs are impacted by engineering or manufacturing changes. Like a new laser, for example, and to see whether manufacturing data is up to date with respect to engineering changes.
Design and validate a part before printing
Manufacturing Engineers can rework the part design using Boolean operations. This allows the removal of small holes or the replacement of bigger holes by auto-supporting shapes such as diamonds, adding thickness on functional surfaces that will be removed in post-treatment to conform to the geometrical constraints. These geometrical modifications will result in a part that can be finished downstream applications.
Validate the additive process virtually
Process prove-out on the additive machine can take a lot of time and material, only to repeat the process multiple times to successfully produce a part. The Material Deposition Machine Programmer role allows users to validate the additive process virtually. Using AMD, users can select the appropriate strategy, beam direction and intensity, as well as layer thickness, hatching direction and then adjust their process virtually.
Create the laser path
AMD generates a laser path based on the 3D geometry. Users can then implement a variety of techniques including contouring, hatching or hexagonal scan paths. They can also adjust laser management parameters such as power, speed, spot diameter and melting depth.
Program the additive system
AMD has the ability to program the additive system. Once the laser path has been created, it can then be translated to APT code or machine tool language to be loaded directly into the additive system, or other outputs are available for robots.
Re-use best practices
Once the optimum laser path with laser parameters, machine, etc. are defined, they can be stored as templates to be used again. These best practices for additive manufacturing can be searched and applied to other parts of the same type in the enterprise.
Create or modify any 3D part
CATIA Part Design Essentials apps gives you best-in-class features combined with Boolean operations. Choose between several features (offset, thickness, scaling) to prepare the printed part to support downstream applications such as machining, wire EDM, or anticipate the part distortion. AMD gives you the ability to add a label to the part.
Create complex surfacesGenerative wireframe & surface functionality provides an extensive set of tools for creating and modifying mechanical surfaces for complex shapes or hybrid parts.
Additional contouring strategies to manage the printing of thin walls in the Construction Industry
- Define the neutral line in between contours
- Precision with thin wall construction
- Achieve complex wall contours and shape
- Mitigate frequent starts and stops that could otherwise lead to material waste and excess material turns
- Reduce overall completion time
AMD was repackaged for 2021x with the following 2020x roles:
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