Tapping into the enormous potential this technology offers, AlphaSTAR, a long-standing software company based in Long Beach, CA, has developed innovative physics-based simulation technologies for AM material characterization, process modeling and build optimization. According to Dr. Frank Abdi, a renowned aerospace scientist with extensive knowledge of material science, structural analysis, and computational modeling, the company’s forte lies in its ability to dissect and solve the industry’s most complex problems. “We rely on the science of materials to anticipate their behavior,” says Abdi, founder, CEO and CTO of AlphaSTAR. “It has helped us stay on top of the game and stay relevant for over 30 years now.”
AlphaSTAR’s unique family of innovative solutions consists of an AM software suite called GENOA 3DP; a structural analysis solution, GENOA MS-PFA; and a material modeling software known as MCQ. GENOA 3DP is AlphaSTAR’s primary AM simulation tool-set that allows designers, engineers, and manufacturers to accurately predict and identify the root cause of deformation, residual stress, damage initiation, crack formation and other manufacturing anomalies that arise in the AM build process.
We rely on the science of materials to anticipate their behavior
“One of the biggest challenges in additive manufacturing is the lack of complete understanding surrounding the thermo-structural behavior of advanced materials used in the 3D printing process,” explains Abdi. This is where AlphaSTAR’s material characterization qualification (MCQ) software shines. It provides a detailed understanding of material behavior, by creating a virtual material model to consider the effect of defects, while providing battle hardened data coupled with a multiscale understanding of failure. “Our products add value to existing solutions and we bridge the gap currently recognized in FEA,” affirms Abdi. AlphaSTAR products provide solutions that help end-users understand the best way to optimize an AM build, thus eliminating trial and error; but also, utilize virtual analysis and testing to predict build outcomes and build lives, enabling manufacturers to get it right the very first time.
For three decades, AlphaSTAR has helped the aerospace and automotive sectors build better products. These efforts have translated into years of experience and knowledge. Not surprisingly, AlphaSTAR is the recipient of numerous industry and technology awards coming from its peers. Going forward, AlphaSTAR plans to focus on providing innovative solutions that assist customers in overcoming their toughest challenges. “AlphaSTAR’s unique capabilities are ready to address the 3DP market and assist engineers to address progressive challenges with confidence,” concludes Abdi.