Material Deposition Machine Programmer

Prepare, program and validate optimal additive manufacturing techniques in 3D with the Material Deposition Machine Programmer Role on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform

The DELMIA 3DEXPERIENCE Material Deposition Machine Programmer Role supports Additive Manufacturing Engineers to set up, program, analyze, and re-use additive manufacturing processes. A suite of powerful tools makes it easy to design, refine and validate components for production engineering.

Manufacturing techniques based on material deposition can be virtually optimized in an immersive 3D environment. Industries like aerospace or construction can use this solution to create large parts with minimal waste. It’s even possible to 3D print large structures such as an entire buildings.

DELMIA Material Deposition Programmer

DELMIA Material Deposition Programmer

Material Deposition Machine Programmer Benefits

Optimize the use of machine tools or robots

A wide range of operations and strategies help Manufacturing Engineers to create material deposition programs that minimize non-value-added motion. Optimized programs, in-fill and contouring strategies (e.g. etching or curve following) ensure precision and reduce printing cycle time. Material deposition sequences can be simulated, so programs are validated in the context of the machine. Results include huge savings in both cost and waste, especially for parts such as those used in aerospace.

Single source of data from design to machining

Based on the 3DEXPERIENCE® platform, Material Deposition Machine Programmer offers an unrivaled level of concurrent and collaborative associativity between product engineering, manufacturing and resources. Adding and removing materials is done in the same environment. Hybrid manufacturing processes are supported, such as those combining robots and machines. Additive manufacturing programs connect to engineering and manufacturing data for stronger management of concurrent flows. The organization benefits from an efficient, fast design-to-manufacturing cycle.

Design and validate a part before printing

Material Deposition Machine Programmer’s 3D environment enables the creation of optimal manufacturing programs in a real life context. The machine’s physical environment, laser paths, tooling and other elements are all incorporated. Geometrical constraints are catered for at early design stage or during modifications. Part designs are easily reworked using Boolean operations. This capacity to validate before production mitigates overall risk to production. Standardization and company learning also benefit from machining process templates, which can be stored in catalogues for re-use.

Maximize machine tool or robot utilization

Material Deposition Machine Programmer’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. Material Deposition Machine Programmer simulates the material deposition sequences to validate what will happen on the machine.

Mitigate risk to production

Material Deposition Machine Programmer’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

Material Deposition Machine Programmer 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, Material Deposition Machine Programmer 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. Material Deposition Machine Programmer 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.

DELMIA Material Deposition Process

DELMIA Material Deposition Process

Material Deposition Machine Programmer Highlights

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 Material Deposition Machine Programmer, 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

Material Deposition Machine Programmer 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 additive / material deposition systems

Material Deposition Machine Programmer has the ability to program material deposition systems. 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. Material Deposition Machine Programmer gives you the ability to add a label to the part.

Create complex surfaces

Generative wireframe & surface functionality provides an extensive set of tools for creating and modifying mechanical surfaces for complex shapes or hybrid parts.

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Safe: Customer controlled access. Transparent cloud backup. Encrypted communication protocols. Data always safe-no overwrite, no loss of data.

Social: Integrated structured and unstructured collaboration tools enabling social innovation. Collaborate on product design or engage with your stakeholders early in product development.

Connected: Every user always connected to a single, common database. Access data anywhere, anytime, on any device. Review and markup models.

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