Computational Tools for Design Analysis and Optimisation of AM Parts
There are several possible purposes for using simulation tools related to AM. The first aim, just as with traditional design analysis, is to simulate the behaviour and performance of a virtual design, and to use this information to either manually or automatically improve the design according to some given criteria. This avoids the time-consuming and costly step of manufacturing a prototype and setting up test rigs, thus enabling rapid iteration in the design process. The second aim is to simulate the physical build process to aid in finding an optimal build orientation, support structures, material properties or to compensate for distortions.