The CALFDM project aims to develop a simulation and characterization software to evaluate the mechanical properties and to ensure the functional resistance of components manufactured in 3D printing.
The process of additive manufacture by deposition of molten wire (FDM), also called 3D printing, is today commonly recognized as an integral part of a new industrial revolution. This procedure is complementary to conventional methods because it makes it possible to address geometries that cannot be realized by molding and manufacturing and to be able to manufacture parts without tools. Additive manufacturing of great potential profits in turnaround time and in final product costs.
However, the adoption of this technology for high value-added mechanical parts in the Aerospace, Defense, Industry and Automotive sectors is prevented by the lack of sizing means, allowing to predict the mechanical behavior of the produced parts.