3D Printing Software uses Artificial Intelligence for Nesting

The new version of the 3D printing Software 4D_Additive uses artificial intelligence algorithms to achieve an optimal heat distribution. For the first time, this new technology is used to ensure an even arrangement of parts in the build space during nesting.

The new nesting function of the renowned 4D_Additive software from CoreTechnologie uses artificial intelligence (AI) for the first time to automate intelligent behavior and machine learning. The new technology simulates certain human decision-making structures based on the programming and by this means the computer independently processes complex tasks in the area of so called nesting.

Optimized Component Nesting

With its new “pack and optimize” strategy, the nesting module of the latest 4D_Additive software version is able to ensure both maximum filling of the installation space and even distribution of the mass to be printed, thus ensuring the most constant possible slice surfaces. The advanced program uses AI technology and imitates the behavior of an experienced user by automatically filling empty areas in the packaging space after pre-positioning. This has the advantage that even build spaces that are not fully loaded are filled evenly and without so-called heat nests. The printing results are maximally optimized by the even distribution of the components.

Intelligent Additional Functions

In addition to intelligent nesting, further functions are available to optimize heat distribution within the components. An analysis to determine so-called massive zones shows problematic areas with large material volumes and displayes these zones graphically in a highly visible manner. These zones then can be hollowed out with a few mouse clicks using the hollow and lattice functions and, if necessary, reinforced with an internal support structure. To remove powder from the inside of the hollowed parts, holes and the appropriate lids can be created automatically.

For the preparation of 3D printing data, the 4D_Additive tool has CAD data interfaces for all B-Rep native and standard formats as well as the common 3D printing formats such as STL and 3mf.

Further information on the new 4D_Additive software version is available at www.coretechnologie.com/products/4d-additive.

About CoreTechnologie

Since its foundation in 1998, the software manufacturer CoreTechnologie with locations in Germany, France, USA, Japan and Ireland has been led by the managing directors Dominique Arnault and Armin Bruening. With innovative products, the visionary company has consistently optimised its product portfolio and secured the technological leadership in the area of conversion software. Each year, CoreTechnologie invests more than 30 per cent of sales in the research and implementation of new technologies and has the most complete product range in this field.

In the focus of technology development is the product line of “3D Evolution” which guarantees efficient and lossless exchange of complex data structures between independent and heterogeneous CAX software solutions. With extremely powerful native interfaces for all leading CAD systems and for conversion of all common 3D formats, the software module ensures optimal interoperability of most various IT solutions.

Apart from providing visualisation and manufacturing data across most various systems, CoreTechnologie offers outstanding technologies for automatic data correction, feature-based conversion, geometry optimisation, quality control and long-time archiving as well as for visualisation of complex 3D models. The software components for software manufacturers of the most different CAX applications are the company’s second leg.

The customer portfolio of CoreTechnologie comprises more than 600 companies from the automotive, aerospace, engineering and consumer goods industry who are in many cases the quality leaders in their relevant segment.

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