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 (, the modular process automation platform helping corporations industrialise additive manufacturing, Authentise has released 3Diax Machine Analytics.

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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 ( have already been released publicly.



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 and follow on Twitter @authentise.



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Week in Review: Sept 5th to 11th – GE in the game!

Hello and welcome back to another Week in Review!

This has been a HUGE week for GE as it rocked the 3D printing market bidding $1.4 billion for the acquisition of SLM Solutions and Arcam. Its push into the AM market has been a driving force in the industry for years and now it’s looking to become the one actively pulling the strings. Here’s a good review of the deal. On the side we have exciting news coming from R&D around the world: telecommunications will soon get a major boost from 3D printed fiber optic tips and South Korea puts yet another 3D printed implant advancement in its wide ranging surgical arsenal.

Let’s get to it.


GE bidding $1.4B for Arcam and SLM, speeds up 3D printing push

The logo of General Electric is shown at their subsidiary company GE Aviation in Santa Ana, California April 13, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake - RTX2E4CJ

General Electric launched bids on Tuesday to buy two of the world’s top makers of machines for metal-based 3D printing – Sweden’s Arcam and Germany’s SLM Solutions – for a total $1.4 billion to bolster its position in the fast-growing technology. “Additive manufacturing will drive new levels of productivity for GE, our customers, including a wide array of additive manufacturing customers, and for the industrial world,” GE Chief Executive Jeff Immelt said in a statement.

Read more about the acquisition here.


Researchers devise method for 3D printing complex structures on micro optical fibers

A joint team of researchers have developed a new and innovative method for 3D printing minuscule but highly complex structures on tips of optical fibers, which have diameters as small as 125 micrometers. … “The development of this new technology offers many advantages in terms of reproducibility, flexibility in the design of optical structures, as well as cost” – Keiko Munechika, co-authore of the study.

Read the full article at 3ders.


Korea develops new 3D printed facial implants

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Professor Yoon Won-soo from Korea Polytechnic University  have developed a new biodegradable 3D printed implants’ material which will not only greatly avoid any complications but could also accelerate the regeneration of natural tissue. We’ve been using patients’ own bones to produce the implant for quite a long time, which could cause damage to the patient. This new material, however, could be made into satisfactory implants directly and is easier to implant with only two hours’ printing time compared to the original eight hours.

Read all about it here.


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Week in Review: Aug 29th to Sept 4th – Going Big!

Here we go, another news roundup ready for you.

This week is all about bigger printers and printing BIG! As the race to faster, larger 3D printers gets more and more exciting, EOS is improving its products with more lasers, upgraded print volume and speeds that could rival Carbon3D; in metal this is kind of a big deal. It’s a Guinness World Record week for Oak Ridge and their massive 5m plane wing trim-and-drill tool. Talking big in AM one cannot avoid talking about the MX3D bridge over an Amsterdam’s canal, and now many other companies (and startups!) are bringing their robotic arm printers out to play, first Stratasys, now Branch Technologies with impressive lattice structures for concrete walls.

Without further ado, let’s dig into this week’s huge (pun intended) news.

EOS to launch its biggest and fastest metal 3D printing system at IMTS 2016


EOS is to introduce its biggest and fastest additive manufacturing system to date at IMTS 2016 in Chicago (Sept. 12-17). Designed for industrial applications, the ultra-fast, quad-laser system builds on EOS DMLS and promises increased productivity, part quality and scalability. [It] offers a large build volume of 400 x 400 x 400 mm with four 400 Watt lasers operating independently. The exceptional beam and power stability ensures highest DMLS part quality and quadruples productivity.

Read more at TCT Magazine.


Oak Ridge tool takes world record for largest 3D-printed object

Guinness World Records judge Michael Empric measures ORNL's 3D printed trim-and-drill tool, which is now the ...

Made from carbon fiber and ABS thermoplastic composite materials, the new [plane wing trim-and-drill tool] measures 5.3 x 1.7 x 0.5 m and weighs around 748 kg. To meet the requirements of the record, the item needed to be one solid piece of 0.3 cubic m, which a Guinness World Records judge confirmed at a ceremony. Printable in just 30 hours, it’s an impressive time and cost saver, considering the existing metal version currently takes about three months to manufacture.

Read more about the world record feat at New Atlas.


Branch Technology on 3D-printing a better skeleton for concrete structures

KUKA robot used for large-scale 3D printing. Image courtesy of Branch Technology.

Platt Boyd is the Founder and CEO of Branch Technology, a start-up in Chattanooga, Tennessee… . Their Cellular Fabrication (C-Fab) system combines industrial robotics and material science to 3D print a large-scale, optimized lattice system for concrete structures. In order to source the design for the first full-scale application of their system, Branch recently held the Freeform Home Design Challenge—the winning entry by WATG Urban Architecture Studio will start production in early 2017.

Read the full interview here.

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Week in Review: August 22nd to 28th

Here’s our new weekly news roundup, this time we’ve got a bit of everything: big names announcing new 3D printers and partnerships, 4D printing developments and automotive customization on the horizon.

Let’s dig into it.

Stratasys launches two new 3D printers, partners with Boeing and Ford on applications


Two new 3D printers from Stratasys could revolutionize aerospace and automobile manufacturing, the company announced Wednesday. The machines represent the next step in large-scale 3D printing for manufacturing, which experts say will completely change the field in the next decade. The Stratasys Infinite-Build literally flips FDM on its side, allowing you to 3D print on a vertical plane instead of horizontally, without size limits. It also operates at a speed 10 times faster than previously possible, Sevcik said. It can change in and out different types of material, with process control embedded in the system. Meanwhile, the Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrator enables automation of high-value composite parts for the aerospace and automotive industries, but also for industries such as sporting goods. The machine includes an 8-axis motion system, which uses precise, directional material placement to build strength while reducing or eliminating support strategies—rare for this type of manufacturing, Sevcik said. Stratasys also partnered with Boeing to define the requirements and specifications for the Infinite-Build to meet their needs for customized flight parts. Ford Motor Company is also exploring the machine’s abilities for car manufacturing, Stratasys announced.

Keep reading at TechRepublic.


Giving 3D Printing a New Dimension

Lab researcher Jennifer Rodriguez examines a 3D printed box that was "programmed" to fold and unfold when heated. (Photo by Julie Russell/LLNL)

A team of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers has demonstrated the 3D printing of shape-shifting structures that can fold or unfold to reshape themselves when exposed to heat or electricity. The micro-architected structures were fabricated from a conductive, environmentally responsive polymer ink developed at the Lab. While the approach of using responsive materials in 3D printing, often known as “4D printing,” is not new, LLNL researchers are the first to combine the process of 3D printing and subsequent folding (via origami methods) with conductive smart materials to build complex structures. In the paper, the researchers describe creating primary shapes from an ink made from soybean oil, additional co-polymers and carbon nanofibers, and “programming” them into a temporary shape at an engineered temperature, determined by chemical composition. Then the shape-morphing effect was induced by ambient heat or by heating the material with an electrical current, which reverts the part’s temporary shape back to its original shape.

Read more at Additive Manufacturing.


Japanese 3D printed Copens could be customizable from 2017

Japanese automobile company Daihastu and 3D printer manufacturer Stratasys said last year that clients of Copen would be able to design and assemble customized 3D printed exterior panels. Recently they announced that the large-scale customization system is fully prepared and is waiting to be tested. At the moment, the Effect Skins have several different patterns and colors. All drivers could assemble and disassemble the panel according to their changing taste. It is said that there are totally 15 geometric and compound patterns to choose from. They are designed by the designers cooperating with this project. Besides, there are also 10 colors available. It takes about two weeks to change the color of their cars. Traditionally, this whole process could have taken as long as two to three months. What’s more, clients could even redesign their exterior panels, which means drivers of Copen could create unique “skins” of their own!

Read the rest at 3D Printing Industry.


Russian researchers are building a drone powered by a 3D printed engine

VIAM, in collaboration with the Russian defense industry Foundation for Advanced Research (FPI) has announced it will be developing a drone that can be powered by a 3D printed engine that has also been developed by VIAM and which was unveiled last month. The small-scale engine is reportedly made entirely from 3D printed parts, weighs only 900 grams, and has a thrust of 75 kilograms. According to VIAM, the 3D printed engine’s thrust could also be increased by another 75kg with only a minimal increase in mass. VIAM, which began working with additive manufacturing technologies in 2015 for the construction of a combustion chamber swirler for an upcoming PD-14 turbofan, has found that 3D printing offers them a more precise and efficient way of manufacturing parts. For instance, using laser sintering technology and metal powder materials, VIAM has been able to produce parts 30 times faster than with traditional manufacturing methods and with a high level of precision. In terms of structure as well, 3D printing has opened to doors for what can actually be produced.

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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.

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:


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.


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:

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Week in Review: Aug 15th to 21st

Here we go again with the best news from this week’s AM world.

This week was all about the metal. I had 2 visits from startups perporting to be doing something radically new in the space to make it super fast or super cheap or both. In fact, come to think of it, we’ve been saying for a while that all the major investment in AM is going into metal:

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Another call I had with one of the major metal studios swore by Arcam “because they can put more power into their lasers”. Plus, all the top news we saw was about cheaper printers, expansion of metal print service providers (Norsk) and grants to solve some of the clear remaining challenges.  Clearly, there are exciting times ahead.

$50K 3D Metal Printer on the Horizon

Aurora a leading light in fast, efficient printing

The company, based in the aptly named Ambitious Link in Bibra Lake, is creating two types of metal 3-D printers which, it claims, consist of world-first technology that could change industry for ever. After 3 1/2 years, Aurora is turning its attention to life as a public company and is set to list on Tuesday after raising $2.8 million in an initial public offering. The company is completing the beta testing of its two small-format printer models with a view to moving into production by the end of this year. The small-format printers retail for under $US50,000. According to Mr Budge, a self-described robotics fanatic, the difference between its technology and the plethora of competing metal 3-D printers is it is cheaper and, for medium and large-format printers that are being developed, faster.

Read the full article here.

Norsk Titanium’s New Strategy for Metal AM, Brings Business to US

The NTi Technical Center in Oslo, Norway. (Image courtesy of NTi.)

While Norsk Titanium (NTi) was founded 2007, it wasn’t until the last few years that the Norwegian metal 3D printing company began attracting a lot of attention and investment dollars in the United States. That’s because, not only has NTi begun to expand its focus from 3D printing for the oil and gas industry to aerospace, but it has also started to work with a lot of big names, including Alcoa, Boeing, Airbus and, even, the State of New York. Chip Yates, vice president of Marketing at NTi, explained that NTi began with a lucrative career in the oil and gas space, working with the leading supplier of oil in Norway, but made the shift to aerospace when oil prices began to drop dramatically.

Yates pointed out that, unlike other metal 3D printing companies, NTi is not in the business of selling machines. Instead, the firm is a parts producer that leverages its RPD expertise to fill orders for its clients. According to Yates, this client list is actually quite a long one, and NTi is aggressively expanding the capacity to fulfill demand. For that reason, NTi has just opened a second MERKE IV manufacturing plant in Norway and will open an industrial-scale metal 3D printing facility in Plattsburgh, N.Y.

Read all about it at


$350K to PITT Researchers to Optimize Designs for Metal AM

A team of researchers from the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering and from Pittsburgh-based motion-control manufacturer Aerotech has recently been awarded a grant of $350,000 by the NSF to pursue their research and development of fast computational modeling systems for metal 3D printing. Metal AM is hard to design for because of the issues of distortions and stresses which can oftentimes arise when 3D printing complex geometries. In response to these 3D printing hurdles, the PITT research team led by Dr. Albert To is working on developing a both simple and accurate thermomechanics model which will help to predict residual stress and distortion in 3D printed metal parts. Once that phase of the research is complete, the engineers will then work on devising a topology optimization system that will be capable of generating 3D designs with both free-form and machining-friendly surfaces,

Read the full article here.

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Week in Review: Aug 8th to 14th

Here’s our latest news roundup: we have a lot of tech related news as well as juicy reports and the latest statistics.

KPMG reports provide interesting insights in metal AM market


Two reports issued by KPMG provide useful insights into the manufacturing industry and how 3D printing companies may benefit from opportunities in this area. The latest report reveals that more than 50% of business executives either plan to invest, or have already invested in 3D printing. “Metals executives should have no concerns about their ability to source raw materials — for the time being, at historically low prices,” says Richard Sharman, KPMG’s global head of commodity trading. However, the processing of these raw materials into feedstock for use in 3D printing is an area where activity during 2016 is beginning to heat up.

Read more at 3D Printing Industry.

Nanoscale 3D printing breakthrough in EBM technology


Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have produced a process that could finally master Focused Electron Beam Induced Deposition and drive nanoscale 3D printing forward. Their findings were published in the journal ACS Nano in a paper entitled: “Simulation-guided 3-D nanomanufacturing via focused electron beam induced deposition.” FEBID has frustrated the best minds in the business and outside of a lab it has just proved impossible for anything larger than a few nanometers. But the researchers, together with a team from the Graz University of Technology, have developed a simulation to truly harness the process and open up a world of possibilities. One of the best examples that could benefit from this procedure is manufacturing of graphene sheets: a wonder material that could transform the technological world overnight but has yet to be produced reliably on a large, industrial scale.

Read all the techie details here.

BMW talks implementing in-house 3D printing


Throughout its history, the BMW Group has been an early adopter of 3D printing systems, first leveraging early 3D printers for prototyping purposes and, more recently, for serial production. In fact, the Rolls-Royce Phantom features 10,000 additively manufactured parts, demonstrating BMW’s overall confidence in the technology and the ability to wield it. Jens Ertel, head of the BMW Group’s Additive Manufacturing Center, elaborated on the transition from 3D printing as a prototyping process to an actual additive manufacturing technology: “Due to our product portfolio, it was obvious for us to use 3D printing or, better, additive manufacturing for more than just prototyping. Subsequently, we started doing our own research on the materials and technologies. Based on these activities, we are continuously screening possible parts and try to find projects where a positive business case is given and where additive manufacturing fits to the specifications. Due to improvements in machine technologies and materials, we had the chance to do those further steps.”

Read the full article and interview at Engineering.

Week in Review: Aug 1st to 7th

We’re back. The Week in Review took an Hiatus but we’re back for more. Send us any news you have.

Loads of funding news this time. 3D Hubs landed $7m from Europeans, Formlabs closed on $35m mostly from Foundry (congrats to both teams, so well deserved. Amazing mgt and product!). Siemens Oil and Gas bought what it didn’t already own of a print bureau in the UK (see below).

Formlabs was called out for moving towards the industrial, but there’s a world between Formlabs’ definition of industrial and Siemens’s. 3D Hubs also called out more professional focus in a sign of the times but as Authentise learned the hard way its tough to swing from consumer completely the other way in this industry. They are ostensibly different markets. What do you think the secret ingredients to an industrial transition are?

More news:

Siemens Acquires Rest of UK Print Breau


Siemens has recently acquired the majority stake (85%) in AM materials manufacturer Materials Solutions. The UK based company specializes in selective laser melting (SLM) materials and the investment is part of a growing interest by Siemens in advanced manufacturing technologies. “With the acquisition of Materials Solutions, we are able to secure world-leading expertise in materials and AM process development with focus on high-temperature super alloys,” said Willi Meixner, CEO of Siemens Power and Gas Division. “The company’s strength is to turn models into high quality components in record time. Clearly Materials Solutions fits perfectly within our vision for growth and application of advanced technologies within our Power & Gas portfolio.”

Keep reading about it at 3Ders.

Vibration Absorption Through Lattice Structures.


Vibration absorption materials can offer good properties at the cost of stiffness and strength: now 3D printing can help solve this issue. Rigid vibration absorption lattice structures, created through 3D printing lattice of 3.5mm spacing and embedding steel cubes as resonators, provide efficient traps for vibration as well as high structural strength and optimal weight. Plastic and lightweight metals can be used, as long as the lattice structure and the resonators mass density ratio is preserved.

Read more here.

Raytheon Scaling up AM Deployments with $523m Missile Contract


Arizona based Raytheon Missile Systems Co. got a $523 million contract from the Department of Defense for the manufacturing, test and delivery of 47 SM-3 Block IB missiles by the end of fiscal 2016. The contract could be replicated for a total of three option years and a yield of 52 missiles per option year. The contract is all based upon the company’s missile designs which incorporated 3D printing in many if not all aspects of manufacturing, including rocket engines, guidance and control systems and fins. Looking ahead, engineers at Raytheon are looking for effective ways to print electronic circuits and microwave components. “You could potentially have these in the field,” said Jeremy Danforth, a Raytheon engineer who has printed working rocket motors. “Machines making machines. The user could [print on demand]. That’s the vision.”

Read more at 3D Printing Industry.

Week in Review: Mar 16th to 22nd

Gartner says 65% of supply chain professionals to invest in 3D printing, eco friendly material system for binder jetting, and Boeing files patent to 3D print artificial “ice.”



According to a recent Gartner report, 65% of supply chain professionals are using or will invest in 3D printing over the next two years. “We found widespread acceptance of 3D printing which is having a near-term impact on supply chains,” explained Pete Basiliere, who co-authored the report alongside Mike Burkett.

They provided further insights to break down these findings. Of the 248 supply chain professionals from across various industries who were interviewed:

  • 26% said they are currently using or piloting 3D printing
  • 39% said they plan to invest in 3D printing within 2 years
  • 25% plan to invest in 3D printing within 2-5 years
  • and only 10% said they have no plans to invest in 3D printing within the next 5 years.

Want to learn more? 3Ders has the scoop.


Additive Elements introduced this week an ecologically friendly material for binder jetting 3D printing, right on target with concerns that manufacturers and consumers have globally due to materials made from fossil fuels or limited resources, toxic fumes emitted during printing causing health issues and expensive disposal procedures due to hazard.

Their new ‘material system’ is comprised of inert contents and commodities that are FDA approved. Not only that, but users will be able to look forward to recycling it in totality, with other ‘built-in parts’ being easily recycled also. According to Additive Elements, with the binder-jetting process, users are able to print volumes up to 4 meters in a single print, and they recommend the technology for applications in interior design, architecture, and furniture manufacturing.



The Chicago-headquartered aircraft manufacturer Boeing has showed no signs of cooling down either (pun slightly intended), having filed an application to the US Patent Office for their freshly developed process to 3D print artificial “ice.”

Ice buildups on aircraft wing edges can pose a substantial risk, such as aerodynamic degradation and increased risk of a fatal stall while in-flight and the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), among other international aeronautical entities, require certification that all new aircraft can safely operate in the iciest of situations. Makes sense now? tells you hoe Boeing wants to use their 3D printed ice to streamline the strict aircraft certification standards process at a greatly reduced cost.

Like always, we invite you to visit our Dev Team blog Layer0. This week we are talking about detecting circular shapes using contours. See you there!



Week in Review: Mar 9th to 15th

Airbus 3D printing Aerospace in Germany, General Electric 3DP Facility in India and Missouri S&T and Honeywell five-year metal 3D printing research project


Airbus Group will be establishing a new 3D printing centre in Munich, Germany, dubbed the ‘Aerospace Factory.’ Based at the Ludwig Bölkow Campus, an interdisciplinary venture between industry and universities at the Ottobrunn/Taufkirchen site, the Aerospace Factory will research and apply innovative 3D printing materials and production methods for the aerospace industry, with a focus on developing lightweight, cost-efficient, and structurally complex propulsion systems.

In addition to the 3D printing Aerospace Factory, Airbus Group also announced a new partnership with Siemens in the field of electric flight, inaugurated a new material research laboratory, and celebrated a symbolic groundbreaking ceremony for its upcoming E-Aircraft System House. You can read more at 3Ders.


General Electric announced that they will be opening up a $200 million manufacturing facility in Chakan, located in the Pune district of the Indian State of Maharashtra. The plant will feature advanced 3D printing technology, capable of churning out high level plastic, and eventually metal parts, used for jets, engines, and turbines. It will be the first plant in India which is dedicated to manufacturing via 3D printing, and will create a significant number of new jobs for the area, which is located in the western part of Maharashtra. has the scoop.


A team of researchers from the Missouri University of Science and Technology are collaborating with Kansas-based Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies to further develop metal 3D printing and to identify various factors that affect the additive manufacturing process. Together, the institutions will work on a five-year project aimed at performing material analysis for selective laser melting (SLM) processes.

The project, along with a team of seven Missouri S&T professors, is being led by Dr. Ming Leu, the Keith and Pat Bailey Missouri Distinguished Professor of Integrated Product Manufacturing and the director of the Intelligent Systems Center at Missouri S&T. Read more at 3Ders.

This week we invite you to visit our Dev Team blog Layer0. This week we talk about how to save lines in tests with Payload Helper functions. Hope you like it!