Desktop Metal Partners with SOLIDWORKS and Introduces New 3D Design Software Tool –

Many exciting announcements came out of SOLIDWORKS World this week. HP announced a new color 3D printing system, while Nano Dimension and Rize announced new or expanded partnerships with Dassault Systèmes’ SOLIDWORKS brand. Each of these partnerships has a different focal point, and today it’s Desktop Metal’s turn. The startup is partnering with SOLIDWORKS to advance Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) through education, with a focus on educational initiatives and the development of advanced tools for generative design.

“The art of making metal parts in everyone’s hands. It’s not an easy task,” said Gian Paolo Bassi, CEO of SOLIDWORKS, Dassault Systèmes, during a press conference at SOLIDWORKS World. “Not everyone 3D prints metal. It takes a lot of intellectual property to get it right. The reason we work harder together is that a successful 3D printing strategy – especially metal 3D printing – is working hand in hand with an applications partner. That’s why we work together to master the capabilities of metal 3D printing. If you don’t know what you’re doing, 3D printed parts may not match specifications exactly. Design and manufacturing must work hand in hand. We know very well why they are building a partnership with us, amazing apps for generative design. »

Desktop Metal previewed a new software tool called Live Parts, a new solution to simplify generative design for 3D printing. It applies morphogenetic principles and advanced simulation to shape strong, lightweight parts in just minutes. It automatically generates designs in real time, powered by a GPU-accelerated multi-physics engine. It allows users to take advantage of all the benefits of 3D printing, including design flexibility and material and cost efficiency. Users do not need to have prior experience or knowledge of additive manufacturing to use the tool, which produces functional parts with complex geometries.

“3D printing starts with design. It’s a full production lifecycle,” said Jonah Myerberg, CTO and co-founder of Desktop Metal. “Our sole focus at DM was to make metal 3D printing more accessible… 3D printing is really at the intersection of the physical world and the digital world. It brings the designer closer to the finished part, arguably a little closer than traditional tooling. This environment in which the CAD designer lives is really related to metal 3D printing.

“We’re trying to create parts that take advantage of AM, but engineers don’t know what that means,” added Andy Roberts, senior software engineer at Desktop Metal. “We don’t want engineers to have to learn a whole new technique to create parts. In nature, no one draws a tree, draws a tree and puts it in place. It all starts with growing cells… as it grows, it adapts to its environment in real time. What is interesting in nature is that nothing happens in a vacuum; everything is constantly changing and evolving. We need to create a more nature-based tool that can generate these parts automatically. We basically created a system where we grow coins. It’s a radical approach: no one has tried to do quite that. There is a lot of biomimicry. No one said, let’s actually create the mechanism that makes cells and animals grow in nature.

Starting today, an early version of Live Parts will be available for all SOLIDWORKS users to preview and provide feedback. However, Live Parts is not the only aspect of the partnership between Desktop Metal and SOLIDWORKS; the two also work together to pursue a variety of educational initiatives, including metal 3D printing certification and joint curriculum and content. They will also collaborate on features that allow users to have a complete additive workflow from design to 3D printing.

“Advances in 3D technology, from 3D printing to materials science, are driving tremendous growth for key industries, especially as applications move into production,” Bassi said. “Partnering with an industry pioneer like Desktop Metal will help our customers take the guesswork and complexity out of developing products specifically for additive manufacturing – enabling engineers and designers to accelerate complex and mission-critical design applications. “

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