War stories from the AM Battlefield

Despite its rapid growth in recent years, the Additive Manufacturing User Group is still just that: A user group of amazingly talented individuals with long experience with every aspect of the technology. It’s the reason we love being there.

So while we showed off our Manufacturing Execution System and 3Diax Modular Platforms in the Exhibits, we were keen to build on the ethos of AMUG during the sessions. The result was a roundtable on the challenges companies are experiencing while they seek to scale up their additive manufacturing operations. We act as organizers – the audience are the real star.

I do a lot of public speaking, and frankly – complete control via a prepared speech is a LOT less nerve-wracking than hoping that people participate. But we were not disappointed by the User Group; the collaborative nature of the event showed up in full force and thanks to the excellent moderation of Additive Manufacturing Media’s Editor-in-Chief, Pete Zelinski, came to highly productive uses.

Authentise AMUG roundtable on challenges in additive
Authentise AMUG roundtable on challenges in Additive Manufacturing

So what were some of the topics people came up with?

Multi-material Documentation

Challenge: Multi-material, for example ABS infused with carbon, is becoming more prevalent, but the file definitions remain a major barrier. Line drawings certainly don’t do the trick anymore, especially as the complexity grows with deviations, infill requirements, orientation and more.

Comments: One participant suggested using XML structures attached to the geometry, while others referred to Model Based Design efforts that help to go beyond simple geometries and address scalability issues with the first suggestion through NIST-sponsored standardization.

Managing Downtime

Challenge: Despite the digital nature of AM, there are still significant challenges even in basic operations: How do we know when something is down? How do we include expected, predicted or current downtime in our schedules? How do we maintain throughput in a failure scenario?

Comments: This one was close to our own heart, Authentise’s MES was mentioned not just once in this context. In addition, participants pointed out that solutions go beyond data-driven scheduling software – they include additional sensors, machine learning to better predict run times, standarizing machine data access, furthering the use of augmented reality for machine maintainance and more.

Part Certification

Challenge: Lack of fully documented testing knowledge means we might be spending too much time and money testing, documenting, standardizing and more. How much testing is really necessary to make sure a part can fly.

Comments: Naturally, answers here differ by industry. They range from dozens of successful builds to just two. Standard practice seems to be freezing particular machine and locking in orientation, build plate setting and support.
There was a vigorous exchange on these and other topics. Certainly, there were a lot of things we could have done better (like adding interactive voting tools, such as PollEverywhere), but the audience really took up the mantle; AMUG participants are collectively smarter than any speaker they could put up. Encouraging conversations about challenges and solutions is the best way to learn – for ourselves and for participants. We’ll certainly be back next year and build on this success.

Authentise Supports Roundtable on Process Automation @ AMUG 2017

We’re super excited to be a part of AMUG 2017, both as exhibitors and contributors. It’s always a great show.

The roundtable is titled “Identifying & Solving Process Inefficiencies in AM”. The idea is to bring together a number of experts in polymer, metal and hybrid production who all have challenges as well as ticks and tricks about how to improve the process. This is a chance to exchange ideas. There is no panel, but we are ensuring active participation at the event by making sure that certain experienced professionals will be there to share ideas.

We’re really excited to be working with Peter Zelinski, the Editor-in-Chief of the Additive Manufacturing magazine, who will moderate the session. He wants to speak to as many professionals in advance as possible. Are you one of them? Get in touch.

Time: Monday March 20, 3:30-4:30.
Room: Continental B (Lobby Level)
Content: This roundtable explores what inefficiencies additive manufacturing operations still exist and how they can be addressed. As additive technology enables more and more production use cases, it is becoming increasingly important improve the process: To reduce the latency of bringing a part to print, integrate the production into existing manufacturing processes, and eliminate manual steps from the process of preparing and making perfect parts, reliably. Nobody seems more excited or prepared to make this transition happen than operators, who have had to struggle with inefficiencies for decades. This roundtable taps that knowledge and helps exchange ideas of how manual processes can be automated and sidestepped. How to add serial numbers automatically, create cost benchmarks, know what is scheduled where, when the next available slot is, track traceability automatically and more

 

Authentise Releases 3Diax Machine Analytics – Real-time Status Monitoring for Additive Manufacturing

First tool to automatically monitor active prints and identify Key Performance Indicators is a key step to moving the technology from lab to production.

Mountain View, CA, September 12, 2016 – Building on the success of 3Diax (www.3diax.com), the modular process automation platform helping corporations industrialise additive manufacturing, Authentise has released 3Diax Machine Analytics.

Screenshot of Scheduling Page

3Diax Machine Analytics is the first off-the-shelf component of the 3Diax platform. It enables companies to monitor the status of all their additive manufacturing devices simultaneously, regardless of manufacturer. It also displays key statistics such as machine utilization and material usage on a convenient dashboard or Application Programming Interface (API). This gives companies the edge they need to acquire or maintain their lead. Using the system, customers will be able to increase throughput by quickly identifying available devices no matter where they are based, or reduce material waste by detecting inefficient printers or forgotten half-used material caches.

“You can’t improve what you can’t measure”,  says Andre Wegner, CEO of Authentise and Digital Manufacturing faculty at Singularity University. “Manufacturers and service providers who want to drive additive manufacturing to production scale know that they need operational transparency in real-time. 3Diax Machine Analytics provides it, but it’s just a start – using 3Diax’s other modules to build on the data enables measurable efficiency gain.”

A key element of 3Diax Machine Analytics is its extensibility with corporate IT systems, atop Authentise’s open API’s, or other elements of the 3Diax platform. Utilizing production data intelligently can yield more accurate quotes, automatic distribution of prints, or more efficient material inventory management, among other benefits.

“As the industry overcomes hardware, design and material challenges to identify more and more disruptive use cases for additive, the volumes rise exponentially,” continues Andre Wegner. “Current processes and software solutions are just not ready for that. 3Diax provides a modular solution that integrates and augments existing processes to address discrete automation challenges one-by-one rather than ripping and replacing the whole system.”

3Diax Machine Analytics, currently in beta, is available in the cloud or as locally installable solution. Many 3Diax modules (https://3diax.com/modules.html) have already been released publicly.

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ABOUT AUTHENTISE

Authentise provides modular process automation solutions to leaders in the additive manufacturing market. It’s 3Diax platform builds on patent-pending secure delivery and quality assurance technology and is used by several Fortune 100 companies and leaders in additive manufacturing. Authentise was founded in 2012 and  is based at the NASA Research Park campus in Mountain View, CA as well as Sandy, Utah. It has been covered in Bloomberg, the BBC, Wired, and many other news sources. For further information on Authentise please visit www.authentise.com and follow on Twitter @authentise.

 

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CONTACT:

Andre Wegner, CEO

info@authentise.com

www.authentise.com

August Newsletter 2016

Hi there, nice to meet you again!
It’s been a long time since our last newsletter – we’ve been busy! From now on, expect to hear from us at the monthly intervals you were used to. Here’s what we’ve been up to since our last newsletter.


 INTEGRATIONS
We’re kicking off work on integrated 3Diax, our modular process automation platform, with three of the world’s leading users of Additive Manufacturing. Projects include:

Clients

These are just the first steps. Each of our clients has a roadmap of automation challenges for our modules to solve. Arrange a time to discuss how we can help your company grow Additive Manufacturing to production scale.


 MODULES

Every time we extend the platform, we open them up to everybody. That’s right, you too! Here are the important updates for this news cycle:

Of course, you could also try one of our existing services including slicing, streaming, or vision.

Now, do yourself a favour and sign up for our newsletter below to get it delivered into your inbox every month:


SexShop3D Partners With Authentise To Offer Secure Streaming Of 3D Files

APRIL 21, 2015

Every day the sex toy industry is expanding and breaking into the mainstream culture. Sex toys have come out of the bedroom and become something openly discussed by people who a few generations back would have considered the topic taboo. Technology will only make these items more accessible for the average person. The Internet allows people to search for fun and exciting toys from the comfort of their homes with a selection that cannot be beat by brick-and-mortar stores.

We are witnessing an exciting time for the industry since 3D printing came along. The availability and convenience of 3D printers combined with the advantages of online shopping mean that customers are now able to shop and have their own sex toy created before their eyes in a fraction of the time shipping takes. This growth is even more remarkable as it brings in a few advantages we wish for when shopping for sex toys: privacy, convenience, customization, speed, low cost, etc.

Authentise partnership

SexShop3D partnered with Authentise, the leading licencing platform for 3D printing, to provide its customers and creators a complete hassle-free experience. The great team at Authentise built a technology that optimizes designs and securely streams them to printers. This streaming service monitors production and ensures its quality. It helps customers through the printing process and it addresses designers’ concerns about file security.

Pay-per-print model

Many 3D designers do not share their designs because they fear they are going to be modified, shared, or even sold without their consent. With Authentise software, instead of paying to download the files, customers are able to print their sex toy once. They never download or own the design, it is securely streamed to the printer. The result of streaming 3D models directly to printers is an enhanced user experience and an improved print quality. Both customers and creators benefit from Authentise technology.

Never before have companies been able to combine privacy, selection, creativity, security, and most of all fun! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and don’t forget to sign up to our newsletter for the latest SexShop3D and 3D printing news.

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Why 3D Printing Needs Secure Streaming

This post was co-published with the Autodesk Spark Blog 

Authentise and Autodesk just announced a strategic partnership, which might have left some of you guessing. Why would Spark, the open platform for 3D printing, partner with Authentise, the leading licensing platform for the industry? Hopefully this post makes things clearer.

There’s been a lot of excitement about 3D printing over the last two years. Media outlets are hungry for new use cases, arriving peu-a-peu, niche by niche every other day. Those stories make for nice coverage. But the excitement is based on more: 3D printing has the promise to disrupt supply chains.
A distributed manufacturing future needs more than niches – it demands designs every part, ever made. Secure streaming can help get us there by reassuring rights holders that engaging with the technology is safe, easy and reliable. This brings a whole new class of content owners to the industry – those who own most of the world’s designs.
 
The massive injection of of high quality data can catapult the industry to new heights. It helps break a vicious cycle that’s currently delaying the industry. Without these designs, we’ll continue to niche by niche, depressing use cases, and as a result printer sales which drive industry revenue and R&D, which leads to reduced use cases again, and as a result less printer sales.
Samir Hanna, VP of Autodesk’s Consumer group, said that, “as 3D printing becomes more widely adopted by both corporations and consumers alike, protecting intellectual property is more important than ever.”
Streaming can be a boon for everybody: It can make printing safer and better at the same time. Certainly that’s what the partnership between Authentise and Autodesk aims to do. We’re delighted to be shaping the 3D printing future together.