John Doyle
Ansys Employee

Please Refer to the LBPF Simulation Guide. 

The goal of AM Process Simulation in Workbench Additive is to predict the macro-level distortions and stresses in parts to prevent build failures and provide trend data for improving designs for additive manufacturing including part orientation and support placement and sizing.

The simulation is not meant to provide detailed thermal or structural results needed for prediction of micro-level process phenomena (that is, microstructure). The simulation will also not provide detailed guidance on the setting of the machine’s process parameters. Our complementary offerings of Ansys Additive Print and Additive Science (within Additive Suite) are the products to use to achieve those goals.

For porosity and grain boundary predictions on a microscopic level, please refer to the Additive Print and Science Users Guide.