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19th July 2018, Omaha, NE

Improving performance data for 3D composites

MultiMechanics, a developer of composite modelling and simulation software based in Omaha, Nebraska, has formed a strategic technology partnership with Fortify, a Boston-based additive manufacturing company to improve the predictability of composite 3D printing.

Fortify will employ the MultiMechanics MultiMech to predict the structural integrity of printed parts before printing, and help optimize the design by controlling the fibre orientation throughout the structure.

Fortify will employ the MultiMechanics MultiMech to predict the structural integrity of printed parts before printing. © MultiMechanics

Additionally, R&D will be performed to further enhance Fortify’s print analysis software, Inform, and generate more sophisticated microstructures using the Fluxprint process based on microstructure analyses performed in MultiMech.

Many companies involved in 3D printing of composites struggle to determine how their printed part will behave. With the Fortify print analysis software and Fluxprint printing capabilities, MultiMech will act as a tool to provide the required feedback for closed-loop iterative design of composite parts with optimized fibre orientation. This collaboration will enable users to optimise the design and manufacturing of parts to fit specific applications.

“We see a definite need for better predictability in 3D printing, and we believe that our application poses a unique use case for the MultiMechanics software,” said Josh Martin, CEO of Fortify. “The resulting printed parts take full advantage of the strength-to-weight benefits of composite materials to a degree of resolution and complexity not possible before. We have a few exciting projects in the pipeline that will benefit from the use of MultiMech, including end use components for industrial UAVs and injection molding tools.”

As the two start-ups continue to expand, MultiMechanics and Fortify plan to integrate the MultiMech API in Fortify printers. The simulation capabilities of MultiMechanics would then be available to users of Fortify, giving engineers full control over the 3D printing process, from design and testing to final production.

“We are excited to partner with Fortify because both companies offer users the ability to control microstructural design at every single point of a product,” said Leandro Castro, CEO of MultiMechanics. “Fortify allows that in the real world, while MultiMechanics enables that virtually. This strong synergy removes design constraints to create truly optimized parts.”

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