Formnext 2022: Dyndrite launches LPBF end-user software
Today at Formnext 2022, Dyndrite – a developer of GPU-accelerated computation engines for creating digital manufacturing hardware and software – announced the release of its first end-user application software focused on materials and process development for laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) machines.
The new software gives LPBF materials, part/process, and applications engineers ‘unprecedented’ power and control over their geometry, build-specific toolpathing and laser parameters, which the firm says opens the door to new alloys, build rate strategies, and methods for printing previously unprintable parts.
The software utilises Dyndrite’s Accelerated Computation Engine (ACE) to work directly with native CAD data, handle exceptionally large files, create shareable build recipes, and improve print quality for various geometric features such as domes, cantilevers, and thin walls.
It also takes advantage of the company’s previously announced 3D Volumetric Part Segmentation technology, which enables the detection of upskins, downskins, inskins, and part features typically missed by 2.5D layer-by-layer-based solutions. Using the new geometry query method, parts, materials and machines can now be quickly qualified using geometric operations to compensate for challenges associated with process physics. Moreover, 3D Volumetric Segmentation means users never need to manually combine multiple build files again.
“After 12 years at a large rocket manufacturer leading the assembly of one of the world’s most advanced AM factories, the Dyndrite engineers and I have been hard at work creating the tool that I wish I had in my prior role,” said Steve Walton, Head of Product, Dyndrite. “The industry previously did not have the software needed to rationally explore the opportunities provided by LPBF processes. Users could not efficiently investigate new materials, new build strategies, or even new machine architectures. Dyndrite changes this. This new software provides a flexible new approach, a new data model, innovative and performant APIs, and complete access to toolpath geometry for those who want or need to go further.”
The software’s intrinsic ability to save out “build recipes'' opens the door to transparent and shareable toolpathing recipes that unlock the full potential of what’s possible on LPBF machines. Anyone can now make a recipe and share it. Working with CAD data directly also enables seamless and automated CAD-to-print strategies that shorten print preparation, enable flexible part support strategies and speed DOE experiments.
"Dyndrite’s Toolpathing API unlocked a new dimension of flexibility for our additive manufacturing processes,'' said Sam Miller, Director of AM software for an automotive manufacturer. "The additional control over our SLM machines enables us to achieve better material performance and cost productivity in a high-quality manufacturing environment."
“Dyndrite represents the biggest step forward in AM software development for LPBF in the last decade,” continued Steve Walton, Head of Product, Dyndrite. “I’m proud to be a part of the company delivering what the industry has long needed, a toolkit that marries software to hardware and the basis for a powerful, next-generation tool for the emerging AM production market. I’m excited to see the amazing materials and parts the LPBF community produces, and am exceptionally proud of our engineering team and early customers who helped get us to this point.”
The new software is available via Dyndrite’s “Early Adopter Program” – a white-glove service offered to a limited number of customers. The software provides off-the-shelf support for the leading LPBF machines including Aconity3D, AddUp, EOS, Farsoon, Renishaw, SLM Solutions, Trumpf and others (see below).
OEM support for Dyndrite LPBF:
Aconity: “Dyndrite’s new software approach allows for fine toolpathing control and fully automated data preparation – a missing link to further exploit LPBF’s full industrial potential,” said, Yves Hagedorn, CEO, Aconity3D. “We look forward to putting their software into our customer’s hands.”
Addup: “AddUp focuses on making L-PBF systems that provide the best compromise between productivity and parts quality. Our solutions differ from many competitors by being totally open in terms of parameters, meaning you can develop specific manufacturing recipes for your project,” said Mathieu Roche, Software Product Manager, AddUp. “We are pleased to work with Dyndrite to help mutual customers develop their most optimal parameters for throughput and quality”
Farsoon: “Farsoon’s mission is to expand the additive manufacturing marketplace with truly open industrial 3D printers suitable for volume production,” said Don Xu, Farsoon Technologies' Global Business Director. “We are enthused to support Dyndrite in bringing value-added production-oriented solutions to our customer base and the global market.”
Renishaw: “Renishaw’s focus is on maximum productivity AM hardware,” said Matt Parkes, Product Manager, Additive Manufacturing, Renishaw. “With the RenAM 500 series optimized for volume applications and the Dyndrite software accelerating the software space, we’re thrilled to be working together to drive AM forward.”
SLM: “Our open architecture approach drives creativity and innovation, but most of all, it allows our customers to be more successful,” said Nicolas Lemaire, Product Strategist - Software & Digitalization for Additive Manufacturing, SLM Solutions. “We are excited about the new applications that will emerge from our relationship with Dyndrite.”
Trumpf: “We are excited to support Dyndrite’s new LPBF software and bring additional possibilities to our customers,” says Timo Degen, Product Manager Data Preparation, TRUMPF Laser- und Systemtechnik GmbH. “At Trumpf we believe that our customers need a complete solution consisting of machine, service, consultancy and software. We look forward to working with Dyndrite to offer our customers even more flexibility in their choice of the right data preparation tool for their individual needs.”