Capabilities: Simulation


Explore design and process optimization strategies in a safe environment, reducing design time and development costs while improving part performance. 



Now with flexible cloud solving option

Active Netfabb subscribers now have access to a free technology preview that allows you to take advantage of the power of the cloud to increase computing capacity and get fast and accurate metal process simulation results without investing in more hardware.*

A local solver is also available, please contact sales for more information. 

*Use of Simulation for Netfabb is subject to A360 Terms of service to which you have accepted -

Autodesk Netfabb Simulation workflow

Part of a complete workflow

Virtually all metal additive manufactured parts require machining in order to achieve the desired geometry and tolerances. Simulation for Netfabb helps you create reliable production plans and robust manufacturing processes. 

This includes defining the net-near-shape for the additive process, part orientation and nesting, addition of supports and reference geometry, and machining processes.

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Fast and accurate additive process simulation from Autodesk Netfabb

Fast and accurate results

Additive simulation is only valuable if it can be performed significantly faster than actually printing a part. Simulation for Netfabb uses several techniques to produce results in a fraction of the time required to produce a part.

Automatic meshing using customized hexahedral elements, mesh additivity, and multi-scale modelling approach help reduce the time it takes to accurately simulate production processes.

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Predict deformation

Predict how metal additive manufactured parts will deform so that designs can be compensated. Reduce build failures and the number of iterations required to create a finished part. 

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Predict part deformation with additive process simulation from Autodesk Netfabb

Detect recoater interference

Additive simulation can predict potential build failures associated with powder bed processes that may cause equipment damage.

Simulation for Netfabb helps eliminate re-coater damage, which causes expensive downtime and manufacturing delays.

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Detect Recoater Interference with Autodesk Netfabb

Predict build support failures with Autodesk Netfabb Simulation

Predict Build Support Failures

Build supports are subject to stresses associated with the process and must be designed to be easy to remove, yet robust enough not to fail.

Simulation for Netfabb helps predict support failure, helping part designers and manufacturing engineers to optimize the support designs.

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