When Netfabb was brought on board in 2016, Ozel switched to the 3D printing team to see how he could apply his expertise in simulation to 3D printing. As his team improved the simulation capabilities of Netfabb Local Simulation over time, Autodesk set about turning Fusion 360 into a cohesive modeling platform that not only takes care of the design portion of production, but also the actual manufacturing tasks. Now, through various extensions, Fusion 360 can generate toolpaths for CAM and 3D printing, making it possible to go from design to production within a single interface. At the moment, the Additive Simulation Extension for Fusion 360 can simulate laser PBF. Accessing the extension is as easy as clicking a couple of buttons within the software. That is to say that those are the three problems that Fusion 360 can currently detect with the Additive Simulation Extension. As a professor in mechanical engineering at Carnegie Mellon, Ozel pointed out that, not only is simulation increasingly important to outcome success in metal 3D printing, but it’s even aiding in the education of metal 3D printing to engineering students. “A lot of the education facilities in manufacturing quickly went virtual with COVID. A lot of folks who were 3D printing metal in their labs, wanted to know ‘Hey, how can we explain additive manufacturing, but in a virtual setting?’ And simulation is the first thing that immediately jumps to everyone’s mind. Fusion 360 is very accessible to education. So now with the release of Additive Simulation Extension, those folks can do all the picks and clicks and get all the results out of the box with Fusion 360.”.

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