The availability of additive manufacturing presents engineers with new opportunities to improve the performance of load bearing structures but brings new development challenges and costs.

MSC Software is hosting a 2 day workshop aimed at discussing how Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) software applications and methods can be used to address additive manufacturing challenges and costs.  Attendees will also have an opportunity to use the latest CAE technology to simulate the additive manufacturing process.

Workshop Location

When - December 11-12, 2018 
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Where - Microtek El Segundo, 222 North Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 1240, El Segundo, CA 90245

Benefits of Attending:

  • Additive Manufacturing Simulation - The additive manufacturing process can cause many problems and questions to arise
    • Are the deformations during manufacturing excessive?
    • Are the final residual stresses excessive?
    • Can the build-up orientation be optimized?
    • Can the supporting structure be improved?
These questions, as they relate to metallic and plastic materials, can be readily addressed with the CAE software and methods discussed in this workshop.

  • Model Preparation - Before an additive manufacturing simulation is performed, the simulation model of the part must be prepared. The preparation involves meshing CAD geometry, but with traditional CAE tools, the meshing process can often require hours or days to complete.  This workshop covers the latest CAE tool MSC Apex that has been proven to expedite the meshing process up to 10x.  In one instance, model preparation that previously took 8 hours, was reduced to 1 hour with MSC Apex.

Who Should Attend?

  • CAE Analysis
  • Product Design Engineers
  • Engineering Manager


Day 1 December 11, 2018 - Simufact & Digimat

Time        Segment
8:00 AM      Coffee, Breakfast, Networking
8:30 AM Welcoming Remarks and Introductions
9:00 AM Metallic AM Simulation using Simufact: Presentations and Demonstrations
10:30 AM Simufact: Hands-on Workshop
12:00 PM Lunch, Networking
1:00 PM          Plastics AM Simulation using Digimat: Presentations and Demonstrations
2:30 PM Digimat: Hands-on Workshop
4:00 PM Closing Remarks

Day 2 December 12, 2018 - Apex 

Time   Segment
8:00 AM           Coffee, Breakfast, Networking
8:30 AM Welcoming Remarks and Introductions
9:00 AM Introduction to MSC Apex
Demo: Mid-surface Extraction, Geometry Repair and 2D Meshing
10:30 AM     Hands-on Workshops
1. Getting Started with MSC Apex
2. Mid-surface Extraction and Geometry Repair
12:00 PM Lunch, Networking
1:00 PM Introduction to Geometry Defeaturing, Direct Modeling and Sold Meshing
Demo: Solid Model Defeaturing and Meshing. Plus Basic Structural Analysis and Past-processing Results
2:30 PM Hands-on Workshops
1. Solid Meshing and Basic Structural Analysis
2. Advanced Structural Analysis (Assembly Modeling with Glued Control)
4:00 PM Closing Remarks

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MSC Software Workshop Instructors:

Arjaan Buijk, MSC Software

Technical Business Development - Simufact

After receiving his MS in Aerospace Engineering from the Technical University of Delft, he joined MSC.Software in 1988. In 2008, he joined Simufact, and is responsible for the Americas region. Since 2015, he is technical business development manager for MSC.Software, responsible for the Simufact products in the Americas region.  Over the course of 25+ years in the industry, he has gained specific expertise in the field of metal forming, welding and additive simulation.

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Pierre-Yves (PY) Lavertu, MSC Software

Applications Engineer - Digimat

Completed a Bachelor of Material Engineering with a Design and Analysis specialization at Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal. Over 10 years of experience in the aerospace industry covering interior design, finite elements analysis, FAA certification analysis & reports, process simulation of thermoset composites and failure analysis and investigation.  Worked closely with aerospace OEMs to develop & teach technical training's covering process and design and analysis software. 

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James Fillon, MSC Software

Lead Application Engineer - Apex

James is a lead application engineer at MSC Software for 19 years helping aerospace customers use MSC Software applications to solve today's aerospace challenges.  Prior to joining MSC, James spent 12 years as a structural analyst at aerospace companies McDonnel Douglas and TRW.  James has a BSAE degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and an MSE concentrating in structural mechanics form Cal State Long Beach.