CERN Selects Simufact Additive for Simulation of Metal AM Processes

CERN Selects Simufact Additive for Simulation of Metal AM Processes

HAMBURG, Germany, May 25, 2018 – The Mechanical and Materials group at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) has chosen  Simufact Additive to simulate the Selective Laser Melting process for predicting the deformation of parts for High Energy Physics application, i.e. superconducting magnets and Radio-Frequency (RF) components.




“Predicting deformation is key to achieve first-time-right accurate parts, especially for parts made with expensive materials such as niobium developed for Superconducting RF application,” says Romain Gérard, AM engineer, CERN.

“We regard CERN as a flagship customer because of the level of expertise they instill in our growing academic community,” says Dr. Hendrik Schafstall, Managing Director and CTO at simufact engineering.

With only 15 months after market launch, Simufact has built up a broad user base for Simufact Additive with more than 60 customers that include more than 20 customers in academic research and other customers from the aerospace, automotive, medical technology, and AM services industries.

Simufact Additive is a powerful and scalable process simulation environment for ‘first time right’ optimization of laser powder bed fusion processes. Features include simulation of all the key AM process steps starting with ‘printing’ of the part; followed by heat treatment, cutting the part off the build plate and removal of support structures, plus heat and pressure combined processes (HIP). The simulation of 3D printing processes provides information about distortions and residual stresses in the component. The results serve as a basis for the user to meet production tolerances with appropriate countermeasures before the part is printed.

About CERN

CERN is a non-profit European intergovernmental organisation with 22 Member States. It has its seat in Geneva, Switzerland, but straddles the Swiss-French border. Its objective is to provide for collaboration among European States in the field of high energy particle physics research and to this end it designs, constructs, and runs the necessary particle accelerators and the associated experimental areas. About 7,000 physicists from more than 500 research institutes worldwide use the CERN installations for their experiments. For more information, visit .

About Simufact

Simufact Engineering – an MSC Software company – is a global operating software company providing process simulation solutions and services to manufacturing industries. More than 20 years’ experience with providing simulation solutions for the design and optimization of manufacturing techniques in metal processing and a dynamically growing customer base exceeding a number of 800 customers have made the Hamburg (Germany) headquartered company a leader in this business area. The software primarily aims at the automotive industry, mechanical engineering, aerospace industry and their respective suppliers. Typical fields of application for Simufact software are hot forging, cold forming, sheet metal forming, rolling, ring rolling, open die forging, mechanical joining, heat treatment, different welding processes, and additive manufacturing. Learn more at and follow us @Simufact.

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