Royal DSM has reportedly added four additive manufacturing (AM) grades to the Digimat-AM simulation solution of e-Xstream. In the planned Digimat 2019.0 release, the digital twins of the four materials would be made available as Digimat material models to enable end-users to perform FFF process simulation in the Digimat Additive Manufacturing Solution, along with part performance prediction.
According to credible sources, the high-performance AM grades from DSM in combination with e-Xstream’s printing process simulation will allow manufacturers to detect issues in manufacturing before printing. DSM and e-Xstream will be exhibiting from 13-16 November at Formnext, in Frankfurt Messe.
DSM’s product manager for Additive Manufacturing Solids, Nirali Surati stated that additive manufacturing is evolving from prototyping into conventional manufacturing very fast. Predicting the performance and behavior of 3D printed parts in applications is an important capability, and with this partnership, customers will now have a toolbox to design and predict reliable parts, Surati added.
The four 3D printing grades which were added to the Digimat-AM database include Novamid ID 1030, a high-quality polyamide 6/polyamide 66 for producing parts that have a good balance of stiffness, modulus as well as impact properties. Novamid ID 1030 -CF10, a PA6/66 filament reinforced with 1% Carbon fiber is also added to the solution, for printing industrial parts and functional prototypes.
The other two grades added are Novamid ID 1070 and Arnite ID 3040. Novamid ID 1070 is a premium PA6 having good mechanical performance. This is owing to the unique co-polymer technology which provides high stiffness, resulting from high crystallinity and excessive interlayer strength required for robust parts.
Arnite ID 3040, which is a high-performance engineering plastic combining high impact resistance and strength with good processing characteristics. Arnite ID 3040 is ideal for a wide range of applications like automotive, electronics and electrical consumer goods due to a melting point of 255°C.