Simulation of AM Process: Fine-Tuning of Real Printing Process by Virtual

LUT University


Understand how simulation of AM can save precious time and learn about software tools for every step of manufacturing process.


This course aims to discuss how simulation of AM processes can be utilized to improve part quality and accompanying costs. Simulation enables early detection of potential production bottlenecks and aids in selection of process parameters, thereby ensuring the intended functionality of part. Simulation software tools are introduced, and overview of their applicability is given.


This course is for designers, engineers and business professionals who wish to expand their knowledge about applicability of additive manufacturing. Course participants will learn about software tools for different stages of AM and benefits of virtual simulation prior to printing real parts.


  • ­4 weeks, approximately 1 hour per week


  • NA after 12/2022


  • Heidi Piili,
  • Anna Unt,

WHAT are the learning outcomes for this course?

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Outline the additive manufacturing bottlenecks
  • Identify the digital process workflow of 3D printing simulation
  • Differentiate the approaches for different scale levels of simulation process
  • Know the possibilities and limitations of most used software tools of simulation process

WHAT subjects are covered on the course?

  • How virtual simulation of the printing process supports additive manufacturing
  • Effect of material selection, part design and manufacturing on cost of AM
  • Prediction and avoidance of manufacturing issues during printing
  • Influence of process parameters on print quality

WHY should learners join this course?

Additive manufacturing of metals is expensive and slow manufacturing method compared to traditional ones, thus its use must be justified. Creating the digital product prior to physical production has nowadays become a common industrial practice. Virtual simulation of the manufacturing process is taking productivity another step forward. This course introduces methods that can be used to bring down the cost of additive manufacturing by use of digital tools. Various software can be used for topology optimization, lattice generation and printing simulation to predict the outcome or reduce the time needed for product development. Many existing and yet to be discovered applications can be solved with AM innovations. The demand for specialists with applicable skillset is on the rise together with increasing robustness of printing machines and growing availability of materials. Knowledge about process simulation and virtual production will help to unlock the full potential of AM and its opportunities.


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