Ansys Additive Suite

The most powerful simulation solution for metal additive manufacturing

Ansys Additive Suite delivers the critical insights required into the develop and analysis of an AM product to avoid build failure and create parts that accurately conform to design specifications. This comprehensive solution spans the entire AM workflow, from design for additive manufacturing (DfAM) through validation, print design, process simulation and exploration of materials.

Ansys Additive Suite is available as an add-on to the Ansys Mechanical Enterprise license. Therefore, it combines the native features and capabilities offers within Ansys Mechanical like structural, thermal, acoustic and other effects analysis, the built in Topology Optimization to find optimum geometry shapes that efficiently meet objectives and Ansys SpaceClaim Direct Modeler with its toolsets for reverse engineering faceted/scanned data, and editing or optimizing STL files for additive manufacturing and 3D printing along with specific tools related to AM. It means the access to the Ansys Workbench environment streamlining the setup and resolution of AM simulations, while offering maximum flexibility according to the required needs.

Ansys Additive Suite is a product of Ansys Inc

Main Benefits

  Support to Design for AM (DfAM) utilizing topology optimization and lattice structures

  Conduct design validation

  Improve build setup, with additional design features for part manufacturing

  Simulate print process

  Explore and gain greater understanding of materials and optimal machine parameters

  Ensure high quality and certifiable parts

  Provides full-user access to process settings for customization

  Efficient HPC performance scaling with Ansys HPC products


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Ansys Additive Suite

Ansys Additive Prep is built into Ansys SpaceClaim that allows you to prepare the component for the 3D printing process. It is tightly integrated into the additive workflow allowing to easily investigate a set of variables to export for simulation to identify failure modes and determine the expected distortions and stresses, without utilizing machine time and print materials.

Ansys Additive Prep enables to:

  • Creates build volume
  • Orients part
  • Creates support regions
  • Create advanced support geometries with full control over all details
  • View the Build File with the Slice Viewer
  • Modify or specify build parameters
  • Export geometries for simulation
  • Estimate costs
  • Create and export build files to additive manufacturing equipment

Ansys Additive Prep is included in ANSYS Additive Suite and Ansys Additive Print and is also available as an add-on to Ansys SpaceClaim.


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ANSYS Additive Print eliminates the guesswork and hours of wasted time in metal additive manufacturing workflows. This easy-to-use stand-alone solution is useful for Additive machine operators and design engineers who need to build parts first-time-right.

Additive Print allows to:

  • Reduces costly trial-and-error experiments for metal powder-bed additive manufacturing
  • Mitigate uncertainty
  • Design geometries for more accurate printing
  • Accelerate production
  • Gain confidence in prices quoted to customers

Additive Print enables to predict:

  • Final shape of the printed part
  • Layer-by-layer distortion and stress
  • Optimal support structures
  • Auto generation of distortion-compensated STL files
  • Build failure and potential blade crash

Ansys Additive Print is included in Ansys Additive Suite and is also available as a stand-alone module.


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Ansys Workbench Additive is a native feature within Ansys Mechanical. It allows to simulate the entire Design to Print Additive Manufacturing process with full user control in Workbench Mechanical. Furthermore, it provides a post-treatment simulation capability.

Ansys Workbench Additive allows to:

  • Enables physics-based topology optimization with built-in manufacturing constraints for AM
  • Calculate efficient lattice structures
  • Simulates the AM process for accurate prediction of part distortion and stresses
  • Provides simple input of process parameters to define the AM build process
  • Enables use of nonlinear and temperature-dependent material properties
  • Provide full-user access to process settings for customization
  • Enable efficient HPC performance scaling with Ansys HPC products

Ansys Workbench Additive enables to:

  • Predict residual stress and distortion at every process step
  • Simulate the post-process phases like support and base-plate removal as well as heat treatment
  • Run Parametric Studies, exploiting the capability of Ansys Workbench

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Ansys Additive Science is a stand-alone solution specifically designed for scientists and engineers to provide an exploratory environment to determine the optimum process parameters for metal additive manufacturing machines and materials.

Ansys Additive Science helps users to ensure the achievement of the highest part integrity allowing to:

  • Determine optimum machine/material parameters
  • Control microstructure and material properties
  • Manufacture using new metal powders faster and more efficiently
  • Reduce the number of experiments needed to qualify components
  • Mitigate risk while accelerating innovation
  • Create process qualification procedures based on comparisons between simulation-predicted “correct” — and sensor-measured “actual” — machine behaviour

Ansys Additive Science enables to gain insight into the microscale meltpool phenomena and to study the effect of various process parameters by enabling prediction of:

  • Meltpool and Porosity
  • Thermal history
  • Thermal sensor measurements
  • Microstructure and material properties
  • Grain morphology
  • DOE via parametric studies

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