Covestro and ParaMatters Co-Develop Anisotropic Optimization Software

By combining ParaMatters' and Covestro's expertise, the two companies are delivering a complete anisotropic design and workflow that explores use of filament extrusion 3D printing with fiber-reinforced materials.

By combining ParaMatters' and Covestro's expertise, the two companies are delivering a complete anisotropic design and workflow that explores use of filament extrusion 3D printing with fiber-reinforced materials.

Materials company Covestro and ParaMatters, a multi-threaded generative design and manufacturing optimization software company, announce their jointly developed optimization software for anisotropic materials. By combining ParaMatters' expertise in design and manufacturing optimization technology, and Covestro's knowledge in engineered materials, the two companies are delivering a complete anisotropic design and workflow that unlocks capabilities of filament extrusion 3D printing with fiber-reinforced materials, the companies report.

Using the new optimization tool, designers and engineers can quickly obtain the most optimal part design based on material deposition and fiber orientation and generate the most efficient printer toolpath. The result is materials, weight and cost savings—while maintaining part performance.

Benefits of Anisotropic Materials

Additively manufactured parts produced from fiber-reinforced materials are an alternative to metal parts due to a better strength-to-weight ratio—reducing part costs and supply chain complexities, the companies report. After successful initial evaluation by aerospace users, including Composite Technology Center / CTC GmbH (An Airbus Company), on multiple filament extrusion printers, Covestro and ParaMatters are introducing the beta version so more users can explore the full benefits of anisotropic materials.

Composite Technology Center / CTC GmbH (an Airbus Company), with expertise in composites design and manufacturing, was one of the first companies to fully evaluate and validate the value of ParaMatters anisotropic generative design and manufacturing engine, according to Covestro and ParaMatters.

“The anisotropic behavior of 3D printed parts with fiber reinforcement allows us to gain weight potentials compared to conventional approaches,” says Marc Fette, CEO of Composite Technology Center / CTC GmbH (an AIRBUS Company). “With our pre-existing methods of working, the design and sizing of 3D printed parts require multiple tools. ParaMatters anisotropic optimization capabilities allow us to combine multiple stages into a single step, enabling us to cut development times by orders of magnitude and create stronger and more light weighted components.”

“We are proud to partner with Covestro and be the first to market with such a powerful design and manufacturing optimizer for the benefit of aerospace, defense and automotive customer around the world,” Avi Reichental, ParaMatters co-founder and chairman, adds.

“The collaboration between software, materials and equipment players takes manufacturing, material science and generative design to the next level,” says Hugo Da Silva, head of Additive Manufacturing at Covestro. “We can now realize large savings in materials, printing time and cost while maintaining performance and quality. Definitely a promising route toward scalable and more sustainable 3D printing.

Users who want to join the expanding beta program as well as providers of filament-based extrusion 3D printers that want to qualify and certify their systems can contact ParaMatters here.

To learn more, check out this media kit and watch this video.

To learn more about upgrading your current filament extrusion 3D printer into a full capability composite system, Covestro and ParaMatters are organizing a series of webinars. More information on this link.

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