GE Additive—a supplier of additive technology, materials and services and part of American multinational conglomerate General Electric (GE)—has acquired GeonX, a Belgium-based, privately-owned developer of simulation software.
GeonX brought to market the Virfac (Virtual Factory) tool, comprising a number of software products that can be used by engineers to simulate additive manufacturing (AM), heat treatment, machining and welding processes in industries such as energy, aerospace, automotive.
Virfac allows users to evaluate their products prior to production, specifically they can predict the impact manufacturing is going to have on their products’ durability in terms of defects, distortions and stresses. This, in turn, helps to reduce the number of prototypes required during the development phase as well as improve the quality and lifetime of the products.
Commenting on the acqusition, Mohammad Ehteshami, vice president and general manager of GE Additive, said: ‘As a business, GE Additive is committed to accelerating the additive manufacturing industry. Innovative simulation software solutions like Virfac do just that by adding real value to our customers who want to speed up product design and development, while maintaining the best possible quality. We’re delighted to welcome GeonX to the GE Additive family.’