3-matic enables design modification and remeshing, allowing you to (re)design CAD, scanned or topology-optimized data for 3D Printing. 3-matic is the ideal tool to clean up and enhance the surface quality of rough topology data.
3-matic allows you to create complex, 3D printable internal and external structures that add extra strength, provide cushioning, increase porosity, or simply reduce the weight of your design (lightweight structures). In addition, you can easily enhance your design with aesthetic or functional textures, perforations and patterns. Since you work directly on STL data, your design is ready for FEA analysis or can be used for 3D Printing.
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Not every component or product is suitable for 3D printing, depending on its size, form and design as well as the quantity needed. A valve block is very suitable for 3D printing and has a high potential for improvement in weight, performance, and design freedom when additively manufactured.
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Materialise Slicing Technology Enables Toyota’s Lightweight Car Seat
Toyota Motor Corporation and Toyota Central R&D Labs Inc. wanted to produce a lightweight car seat prototype with a minimal volume and an optimal heat capacity. To assist them in creating the complex design, Toyota contacted Materialise’s engineering team.
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Materialise began as a specialist in Rapid Prototyping (RP) and Additive Manufacturing (AM) and has grown into the market leader for 3D Printing and digital CAD software. Materialise has a state-of-the-art AM facility with numerous technologies, which has allowed their team to become industry experts.
With first-hand knowledge of all the technologies and bottlenecks in AM, Materialise’s software development staff, the largest in the sector stays ahead of the trends. They provide software solutions for every step of the AM process, from design to printed part, as well as solutions for 3D printers varying from the smallest to the largest.
Together these solutions form a software platform for 3D Printing which links applications from various markets and industries, ranging from automotive, aerospace, medical industry, consumer goods and many more to the wide range of 3D printers and AM technologies.
"The 3-matic package is a suitable and efficient method for the post-processing of TO results. Compared to other methods, the proposed workflow is able to reduce the required post-processing time from days to hours.”
–Max van der Kolk, PhD Researcher
Delft University of Technology
Key Features & Benefits
3-matic comes standard with sketcher and CAD functions, which help simplify the topology data, if needed. Working directly on STL levels generates a large degree of freedom: parts of the geometry can easily be replaced by another geometry, designed in 3-matic, or imported from a CAD package. Furthermore, 3-matic contains several operations to enhance the surface quality of the topology data and parts of a design can be replaced by a lattice structure. Finally, making changes directly on STL data makes your design immediately ready for FEA analysis or 3D Printing.
- Convert CAD data to STL
- Execute fixing operations or Boolean operations on STL files
- Group and split sets of triangles into surfaces to bring structure to an STL file (several segmentation methods are provided)
- Perform surface level and surface contour level operations
- Use additional elements on a part, such as curves and sketches
- Re-build analytical shapes (cylinders, planes, etc.) on the topology in just one click.
- Replace rough surfaces by using splines and surface reconstruction algorithms, making the newly created surface tangent to the existing surface
- Apply lattice structures
- Smooth, clean up and redesign the raw output after topology optimization on STL level
- Easily compare and combine different topology results into one
- Optimize surface quality to make it immediately ready for the next steps in the process
- Save time by avoiding iterations in a CAD package
- Extensive surface and volume meshing capabilities in order to quickly simulate a given geometry in FEA
- Export to CAD (feature recognition can be applied) or FEA
- Get better products to the market faster
Fast workflow of topology data clean-up. Easy link to 3D Printing, FEA and CAD. Project of TUDelft, KMWE & TNO.
Engine bracket printed in Titanium after design enhancement in 3-matic. Project of TUDelft, KMWE & TNO.
Topology-optimized Titanium hinge with a gradient lattice structure (3-matic).
Workflow of pressure valve, from Altair software to STL. Project: Nurmi & VTT
Rough surface of part cleaned and remeshed in 3-matic. Project: Nurmi & VTT
Due to the redesign tools in 3-matic, the maximal stress regions could be solved. Project: Nurmi & VTT
Final pressure valve, printed in steel. Project: Nurmi & VTT
3-matic is used many industries including:
- Automotive: Interior design, concept cars, wind tunnel models
- Aerospace: Lightweight parts
- Medical: Porous structures
- Consumer Goods
- Orthopedics and Footwear
3-matic has interfaces with Altair's Evolve, Inspire and OptiStruct.
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