Materialise Magics I SG+ Module

The SG+ Module is a support generation module for metal 3D printing. Materialise Magics is required to use SG+.

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The SG+ Module for Metal Printing

When 3D printing with metal , the user and the software have to be aware of the differences in classic resin print and metal print. Additive manufacturing with metal parts has proven itself difficult. For well printed pieces it is important to understand that the entire process needs to be taken into consideration, from powder characteristics and design guidelines to process parameters. However the positioning and generation of the support structure has a big role to play in the success of a build. To help ensure all pieces are printed with the correct support, Materialise Magics offers the SG+ Module, designed to support additive manufacturing of metal parts.

Metal print with support structure

The Right Support for Every Design

When 3D printing with metal material, the support structure plays an important part in ensuring a flawless print. The SG+ software goes beyond physically supporting the model during the printing process by also minimising deformation and preventing build crashes. With multiple options, SG+ helps the user carefully select the structure that is right for their print. Geometries such as cones or tree supports can ensure even the thinnest and smallest parts of the user's design are printed correctly.

The software Magics works with a semi-automated process, meaning users can trust the software to provide the right condition for printing but can also set custom parameter profile and tweak the software's initial plan according to their requirements. Users can also design their own support structures in CAD and import them into Materialise Magics for use.

Building Successfully with Magics Tools

A new Materialise Magics tool, is the slice distribution graph, made for metal applications. This tool gives the user complete control of the build process. Check the surface area per slice to improve the quality of part and build. Users can either do this for single parts or for an entire design. The tool takes into account support structures so no added space is needed.

Saving material is always welcome that is why the Magics orientation tools help you orient parts smartly. This can lead to needing less support structures thus needing less material and it reduces post-processing work. Adjust the orientation of parts and place them in different areas on the platform. To analyse the optimal part orientation, users can export all data to Excel for a detailed study of the results.

Screenshot of the Software

Control Heat and Avoid Deformation

SG+ lets the user use volumetric support elements to efficiently let the print pass on the heat to the build platform. To decrease the chances of deformation, the support elements also mount the print firmly onto the platform. Check out the different supports in the software library and mold them to design specifications.

Improve Stability for Prints

To avoid crashes of parts or a shift during print, the platform projection area tool helps users expand support structures and strengthen the connection of the print to the platform. The size, shape and penetration level also dictate the strength of the support structure, which is why choosing the right structure for each print's design is crucial.

Removing the Support

Materialise Magics SG+ simplifies the removal of the support structure with smart support placement and semi-automated support generation. With SG+ the user keeps enough control to manually tweak the design and placement of the support structure, while being able to rely on the software to cover the basics.

This print is supported by angled support structures

Smart support placement

Users can choose the structure that best fits their print and place it in the areas most inclined to warp or deform during the printing process. When working with hollow object design, the support structure can be angled to properly reach the parts of the print that need support. Users can change the structure of the support to easy to process surfaces and downsize the support structure to limit the area that requires post-processing. The right support placement lets the user remove the support with ease and most importantly while maintaining surface quality.

Fine teeth combined with solid support structures give prints the needed support while remaining easy to remove. Additionally, users can choose predefined break-off points, these are in the shape of an hour glass and will break off in the middle. This avoids pitting and damaging the part. Fragmented block supports or a clearance between support structures further aids the removal of support structures. The Materialise Magics feature Milling Offset, adds extra material to places that need the most support that can later be milled to achieve the intended final shape.

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