October 29, 2018
Identifying parts and components that are suitable for 3D printing remains a big challenge for companies that have implemented, or are considering the implementation of 3D printing in everyday production. 3YOURMIND’s updated Additive Manufacturing Part Identifier helps solve this issue, the company reports.
The AM Part Identifier automatically checks large part databases to detect which parts are good businesses cases for 3D printing, and whether to switch from traditional to additive manufacturing for any given part. The analysis consists of both technical and economic aspects and is based on metadata of individual components, such as material selection, quality, and production requirements or specifications from CAD programs (optional).
For companies, the AM Part Identifier makes it easier to embrace additive manufacturing and helps to reduce research time and cost while looking for applications for 3D printing.
“Working closely with customers, we added two new ways to find AM suitable parts: first, it’s now possible for any employee to suggest items for AM by feeding them directly into AMPI. Second, by enabling newly arriving print orders to be screened prior to being placed, companies can ensure the items are a definite fit for AM before moving into production,” says Stephan Kühr, 3YOURMIND’s CEO. “AMPI, alongside our other platforms, enables companies to fully exploit the advantages of additive manufacturing and ensures a significantly more efficient production workflow.”
One of the new features of the revised AM Part Identifier is the Use Case Screening. Most employees in the company, whether in design, procurement or production, can now check components for their economic and technical AM-feasibility using a clearly structured and digitized process.
“The value the new Use Case Screening directly affects employee's workflow. Designers, for example, can run new parts through our screening process and check whether they are potential AM parts before they even open a CAD program. They can then create an AM optimized design, avoiding costly redesigning of parts. And this is just one example of how departments can benefit from Use Case Screening,” says Dominik Lindenberger, AM Part Identifier product manager at 3YOURMIND. “With the new version of the AM Part Identifier, we’ve stripped back the preparatory work and the expertise needed during the whole process of part identification for AM to make it even faster and even to be usable by average employees.”
The AM Part Identifier enables users to start incorporating additive manufacturing into their manufacturing processes by performing a Use Case Screening on potential 3D parts and assemblies. With a click, relevant 3D models can be transferred into 3YOURMIND’s other tools to enter an end-to-end AM workflow.The full suite of tools facilitates fully automated printability analysis, the optimization of components, material selection and price calculation, the placement of print jobs in the production workflow, and comprehensive data analysis for optimizing additive manufacturing. These tools are integrated in the latest version of 3YOURMIND's Enterprise platform.
3YOURMIND’s software solutions also include features like the connection to the On-Demand Production network where customers can access external printing capacities from selected printing service providers around the world.
Sources: Press materials received from the company.
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