Simulation for Additive Manufacturing  (Sim-AM 2021)


The recordings of the presentations are available at the GCEC YouTube Channel.


The Third International Conference on Simulation for Additive Manufacturing (Sim-AM 2021) will be organized online from 31 August - 2 September 2021. The previous conferences were held in Munich (Germany) on 11-13 October, 2017 and Pavia (Italy) on 11-13 September, 2019.


The tragedy of the Covid-19 pandemic has made it impossible to organise and host Sim-AM in Glasgow. We have thus decided to move Sim-AM 2021 online.

Presentations at Sim-AM 2021 are via invitation. The broader community will be able to view the presentations and participate at no cost. For more information, see Community participation.

We will be using Zoom Webinar to host the conference.


Additive manufacturing (AM) is evolving as one of the most promising manufacturing technologies for creating solid structures of virtually any shape. AM can produce more complex shapes than those obtained through classical manufacturing techniques. As a consequence, areas of engineering applications for AM products include design models, lightweight components for the automotive or aerospace industry, patient-specific medical implants, civil engineering structural and/or architectural components

AM presents new challenges for numerical simulations, computational modeling and design optimization of the involved products and processes. While products obtained by innovative design approaches through a real shape and/or topology optimization have the potential to revolutionize the market, their design is significantly more complicated than for classic manufacturing techniques. Additionally AM processes involve multi-physics and multi-scale phenomena. The relevant spatial scales range over many orders of magnitude, and important time scales start at microseconds for physical processes and reach to hours or even days. The involved physics often include mechanical, thermal, and phase change problems.

Finally, validation and verification are clearly essential steps to accelerate the transformation of AM into an integrated design to manufacturing tool.

Main topics

  • CAD to part chain
  • Innovative application
  • Material modeling
  • Multi-physics and multi-scale simulation
  • Shape and topology optimization
  • Simulation for different AM technologies (fused deposition, laser based methods, etc)
  • Validation and verification