Altair® Inspire™ Print3D

Efficient Design for Additive Manufacturing

Inspire Print3D accelerates the creation, optimization, and study of innovative, structurally efficient 3D-printed parts, providing a fast and accurate toolset for the design and process simulation of selective laser melting (SLM) parts.

Engineers can quickly understand changes to process or design that affect manufacturability, then export part and support structure geometry to major printer preparation software to produce the part. As a result, teams to cut product development and additive manufacturing costs by reducing material usage, print times and post-processing.

Starting from either topology optimization results or an imported CAD geometry, support structures can be easily generated and optimized. Design alternatives can be quickly explored and evaluated without leaving the familiar Inspire user environment.

The advanced thermo-mechanical simulation enables design engineers to develop parts ready for additive manufacturing. By capturing behavior independent of the printer type, with Inspire Print3D designers can evaluate and easily modify critical process variables. Reducing expensive trial and error by simulating part build, cooling, cutting and springback, Inspire Print3D delivers designs having the fewest supports, optimally oriented on the print bed.

Inspire Print3D simplifies the identification and correction of potential deformation, delamination and excessive heating issues before building a part.

Further manufacturing process analyses can be performed leveraging third-party tools available through the Altair Partner Alliance, all on one license.

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Why Inspire Print3D?

Reduce Manufacturing Costs

Minimize part supports andcorrect potential defects, such as part deformation, delamination, and overheating before printing to effectively enhance product design and reduce post-processing efforts.

Increase Process Efficiency

From generative design to manufacturability assessment, use performance and manufacturing simulation tools in a single environment that is fast, easy, accurate, and affordable.

Design Optimal Parts

Create the best performing designs for the SLM process by applying advanced thermo-mechanical simulation to reduce post-processing and avoid expensive trial and error.

Key Features

Part and Supports Design

Generate and optimize support structures as part of the design process; interactively create and edit a wide range of support types within the same environment as the designed part.

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Easy-to-learn Environment

The intuitive, process-driven user experience enables users to gain deep manufacturing insights quickly, driving faster and better design decisions.

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Printing Analysis

Run the embedded thermo-mechanical solver to accurately simulate the entire printing process from building and cooling to cutting and springback.

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Identify Defects

Easily detect and plot defects – large deformation, excessive heating, delamination – to aid design or process modification.

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Materials and Printers

Select from the growing library of additive manufacturing materials and standard printers or apply a variety of advanced options for a customized setup.

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Ready for Printing

Assess the part layer-by-layer to validate its geometry even before any 3D printing analysis is performed, then export a file containing the prepped part and supports.

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Inspire Print3D Workflow

  1. Part Orientation
  2. Support Optimization
  3. Results Visualization