AM Path Optimizer

Jan. 21, 2020


Siemens Digital Industries Software today announced Additive Manufacturing (AM) Path Optimizer, a beta technology integrated into NX software, to help customers solve overheating challenges and help reduce scrap and increase production yield to achieve the industrialization of AM or the use of AM at the industrial scale. Siemens has developed this next generation advanced simulation technology to help maximize the production yield and quality of powder bed fusion manufactured parts. This latest extension of Siemens’ end-to-end additive manufacturing solution feeds the digital thread, informing each step of the industrialized additive manufacturing process.


Building on the Simcenter Additive Manufacturing Process Simulation solution announced in November 2018, AM Path Optimizer complements Siemens’ strategy for the digital twin of the manufacturing process and addresses errors originated from suboptimal scan strategies and process parameters. These can lead to systematic failures due to overheating, which can cause scrap and inconsistencies in component quality.


The technology uses an innovative approach combining physics-based simulation with machine learning to analyze a full job file in few minutes before execution on the machine. This technology is expected to help achieve “first time right” prints and drastically reduce trial and error. It can also help reduce printing costs and enable the printing of components that are nearly impossible to achieve today.