Materialise has introduced updates to its CO-AM High quality & Course of Management (QPC) system in a bid to take additive manufacturing high quality and course of management ‘to the following stage.’
This newest software program development, introduced forward of Formnext 2023, will allow AM customers to trace, monitor, analyse, and correlate all knowledge crucial to half high quality. It interconnects AM knowledge sources corresponding to 3D fashions, uncooked supplies, course of parameters, in-situ course of monitoring, post-processing, and high quality inspection, which could be monitored at completely different levels of product improvement, from analysis to manufacturing.
The QPC system is a part of the Materialise CO-AM software program platform, which provides producers entry to software program instruments from Materialise and CO-AM companions to plan, handle, and optimise every step of the 3D printing course of utilizing one platform. Earlier this yr, Materialise launched the primary QPC Layer Evaluation module, a software program to analyse and correlate layer knowledge from the 3D printing course of. The QPC Layer Evaluation module has been additional developed to incorporate extra in-situ course of monitoring knowledge sources and to correlate its outcomes with CT scans. Materialise says the brand new QPC Course of Lab module fosters collaboration between completely different groups to centralise analysis and manufacturing knowledge in a structured manner.
Furthering its software program collaborations, Materialise has introduced a partnership with Ansys to optimise simulation for Materialise Magics customers, serving to to drive down prices and enhance effectivity. Ansys’ simulation expertise, Ansys Additive Suite, has been launched into Magics knowledge and construct preparation software program to supply quick simulation, and decrease the complexity of making use of simulation outcomes to construct preparation. In future, Ansys and Materialise plan to discover additional alternatives for simulation within the AM course of.
“We stay up for supporting our prospects with Ansys expertise,” says Karel Brans, Senior Director Partnerships at Materialise. “Simulation is a key ingredient for metallic 3D printing to enhance cost-efficiency. Ansys and Materialise will work collectively to combine simulation expertise even additional into the AM workflow and supply unparalleled connectivity.”
Moreover, Materialise can also be asserting an extra collaboration with DigiFabster, a cloud-based SAAS quoting automation and e-commerce resolution for superior manufacturing firms. DigiFabster’s eCommerce portal, automated quoting and costing, and cost automation will likely be built-in into the Materialise CO-AM software program platform. The totally white-labeled eCommerce portal makes use of machine studying to assist producers automate their quoting course of. The CO-AM integration allows streamlined administration of order knowledge in CO-AM’s Order Administration System to assist producers preserve monitor of orders and provides instantaneous standing updates to their prospects.
“It’s time to prioritise buyer expertise in B2B, particularly when enabling AM service bureaus,” shares Pieter Hens, Senior Accomplice Supervisor at Materialise. “Integrating DigiFabster’s resolution into CO-AM closes the hole between front-end and back-end.”