Authentise Empowers Manufacturing Operators through Collaboration with Microsoft

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Collaboration puts Manufacturing Execution Systems in the cloud and makes digital automations available to all those on the front lines of additive production.

Philadelphia, PA, 28 March 2019 – Authentise (www.authentise.com), a leader in data-driven workflow tools for additive manufacturing, has agreed to a multi-year collaboration with Microsoft to utilize Microsoft Azure and integrate Authentise’s workflow management system into Microsoft Flow (flow.microsoft.com).

The integration with Flow, which goes live this week on the Microsoft Flow Gallery, gives operators directly involved in additive manufacturing quoting, production and analytics processes the opportunity to create their own automations without any coding knowledge. Flow allows them to connect Authentise’s data with third-party applications such as Microsoft Office 365, Quickbooks, text messaging, email and more, simply by dragging and dropping the operations into place. In doing so they can create custom alerts, dashboards, and other workflow automations to further increase transparency and efficiency in their additive manufacturing operations.

“We’re delighted to be working with Microsoft to put power into the hands of operators,” says Andre Wegner, CEO of Authentise. “Our work has shown us how creative those involved with additive production are, and how that ingenuity is often stifled within their operations. Yet, there are many ways in which they could improve their daily operations with zero risks. Thanks to this collaboration, we are giving the power to make those changes to anyone, no matter their background.”

“Danfoss’ additive operations have quadrupled over the last year,” reports Werner Stapela, Global Head of Additive Design & Manufacturing at Danfoss. “Working with Authentise has helped us manage that workload, but every operator has slightly different requirements and preferences. Giving individuals within any part of the additive workflow the opportunity to craft their own automations is the only way to ensure that the production processes is working as smoothly as possible. We’re delighted that Authentise and Microsoft have recognized this and are providing our staff with the necessary tools and integrations.”

In addition to the integration with Flow, Authentise is also switching its existing customers to Azure.

“Microsoft is pleased to help Authentise empower manufacturing workers by enabling them to create their own business workflows on the Microsoft cloud,” says Diego Tamburini, Principal Manufacturing Industry Lead for Cloud Commercial Communities at Microsoft. “By adding manufacturing-specific connectors to the Microsoft Flow gallery, Authentise is unlocking the workers’ creativity so they can improve the efficiency of their own work. With 54 regions across the globe delivering services to 140 countries, Microsoft Azure is uniquely positioned to help manufacturers meet their compliance obligations including ITAR and GDPR. While Manufacturers may have once shied away from the cloud, they are no longer doing so.”

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For information, please contact:

Andre Wegner, CEO Authentise, andre@authentise.com, +1-650-861-7077

The Authentise CEO published a background essay on the subject: Enabling Operator Driven Automation

Authentise delivers data-driven process automation software for the additive industry. It’s two products include the Additive Accelerator, a workflow management engine connected to additive machine data, and 3Diax, a platform of additive manufacturing related software modules. These tools now help some of the most exciting companies involved in additive R&D, prototyping and production to reduce effort and cost, improve traceability and transparency and deliver quality. Authentise was founded 2012 at Singularity University in California. More information is available on www.authentise.com. Visit Authentise at AMUG, Booth 37.

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Authentise Announces App for Additive Manufacturing Operators

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Mobile web app extends the Digital Thread into Post-Processing

Philadelphia, PA, 28 March 2019 – Authentise (www.authentise.com), the leader in data-driven workflow tools for additive manufacturing, has released a mobile web application for its users. With this tool, Authentise extends its digital thread from the printers, data of which it has already integrated, to every post processing step.

The app uses scans of QR codes implanted on travelers to help operators move parts through manual post processing stages such as powder or support removal, inspection, testing and more. This makes it easier for operators to track parts in progress, which in turn allows managers to see order progress and increases detail on traceability report for customers. The data these actions generate can also be used in Authentise’s Machine Learning algorithms to improve time estimates, quality predictions and more.

“Despite the fact that additive devices are nearly entirely digital, the entire process is far from it,” says Andre Wegner, CEO of Authentise. “Our software already retrieves data from more additive devices than anybody else, as well as some post processing tools, but that’s not enough. Manual process steps are tedious enough for operators; reporting their progress shouldn’t be. By releasing this app, we’re simply doing what we always do; focus on making the life of the operator easier. The fact that we’re using the data generated to add further value is just added bonus.”

The App will be available as a trial release in the Google Play store next week or via the web. In addition, Authentise released a minimalist traveler that allows additive manufacturing facilities to start the process of going completely paperless. Additional functionality will be released in the coming weeks, including the ability to add attachments such as images and notes to each production step, and the ability for operators with the right permissions to jump and undo process steps.

Authentise will be present at AMUG, Booth 37, to demonstrate its workflow tool and app.

 

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For information, please contact: Andre Wegner, CEO Authentise, andre@authentise.com, +1-650-861-7077

Authentise delivers data-driven process automation software for the additive industry. It’s two products include the Additive Accelerator, a workflow management engine connected to additive machine data, and 3Diax, a platform of additive manufacturing related software modules. These tools now help some of the most exciting companies involved in additive R&D, prototyping and production to reduce effort and cost, improve traceability and transparency and deliver quality. Authentise was founded 2012 at Singularity University in California. More information is available on www.authentise.com. Visit Authentise at AMUG, Booth 37.

 

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Images/Video of App: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1ILMVv6ucpRw_XzgPAdCfxNFVA9lYigfB?usp=sharing

Video of App: https://youtu.be/uyWQx9p_a54

The short, and long term planning for AM’s future (Authentise Weekly News-In-Review – #111)

3D printing is a technological trend and as with all trends, one should at least try to plan on its future development. So while we’re excited about every new applications, such as the rapid advances the industry is making to make the old traditional tooling industry much more efficient, we’re also excited about the medium term. That includes projects such as houses being 3D printed with biodegradable materials in record times – maybe not immediately relevant but clearly disruptive. Long term though, opportunities are even more disruptive. Our recently approved patent may be a while away from making us money, but importance and disruptive nature of distributed manufacturing is so significant that it’s worth investing every USD to make sure that people collaborate to make it happen. It is a stepping stone for a future infrastructure for production scale AM, one that’s made of building blocks yet to come. We are proud to give our work for the betterment of the industry as a whole, and excited to bring this vision to fruition along with other teams equally as hungry for innovation.

3D printed tool cuts through titanium, wins innovation prize

PhD candidate Jimmy Toton from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, has won the 2019 Young Defence Innovator Award and $15,000 prize at the Avalon International Airshow for the research, which was conducted with Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC) and industry partner Sutton Tools.

“Now that we’ve shown what’s possible, the full potential of 3D printing can start being applied to this industry, where it could improve productivity and tool life while reducing cost,” Toton said.

Read the full article here.

 

3D-printed Gaia house is made from biodegradable materials

Gaia is a 3D-printed house by WASP made from biodegradable materials

Italian 3D-printing technology developer WASP, built the house to showcase the abilities of Crane Wasp, a modular 3D-printer that can create homes in a variety of formats and sizes. Called Gaia, the 30-square-metre house has a 3D-printed outer shell and internal timber beams holding a timber roof. It was printed on site in Massa Lombardo, a town in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna, in October 2018.

Read the full article at Dezeen.

 

The Real Value Of 3D Printing Patents

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Because patents are a business reality, filing one is a business decision. So when Authentise this week announced the approval of a new patent — for its “System, Method and Program Product for Digital Production Management” — the initial assumption was easy: they’ve decided to protect their IP. That’s not the whole case, though. Andre Wegner, Authentise’s Founder and CEO, confesses that as a rule he doesn’t “care much for patents.” So why file one?

It is ultimately a strategic move, yes, but not one that Authentise really plans for itself. Rather, it’s a move to prove a much larger business case for digital manufacturing.

“In other words,” Wegner explains in a thoughtful LinkedIn piece, “we see this patent as a shining ad to the industry as to where the technology is moving. To get there, we have to work together with others. To work with others, we have to show them there’s value in it. That we think there’s enough value to file a patent.”

Read the full article at Fabbaloo.

 

We are going to exhibit at AMUG! Come visit us at booth #37 from March 31st – April 4th.

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USPTO Approves Authentise Secure Streaming and Monitoring Patent for Digital Manufacturing

Philadelphia, 1 March 2019 – Authentise (www.authentise.com), the leader in data-driven workflow tools for additive manufacturing, today announced that the USPTO has approved its patent: ‘System, method and Program Product for Digital Production Management.’

The patent shows how streaming designs or machine code directly into manufacturing devices (down the PLCs that control the individual movements within the machine, eventually) can help not only protect the intellectual property of the part but enable remote integrity control (by monitoring the feedback remotely) and close the loop completely by making remote in-process amendments, such as integrating watermarks in the object once we’ve verified that the part was produced correctly.

“We are happy to have our leadership in advanced security and integrity tools for digital manufacturing, and additive in particular, recognized by the US Patent Office,” says Andre Wegner, CEO of Authentise. “The patent was a foundational piece of our early days, and while the distributed manufacturing future it predicted is further away than we hoped it still sends important messages. First is that data-enabled manufacturing processes such as additive manufacturing can deliver entirely new functionality such as digital quality assurance and seamless intellectual property protection. Secondly, that the resulting new business models such as distributed manufacturing are an inevitability that we must invest in, today.”

The technology described in the patent is available as an add-on module to Authentise’s Additive Accelerator, the data-driven workflow management solution used by the world’s leading additive manufacturing users. The solution is on display at the Additive Manufacturing User Group (AMUG) event in Chicago, starting March 31, 2019.

Our CEO Andre Wegner wrote in this LinkedIn article how this patent is important to guide the AM industry forward.

TÜV SÜD Industrial additive manufacturing

Our CEO Andre Wegner will be present at TÜV SÜD Industrial additive manufacturing conference. Contact us if you’d like to meet.

Where: lecture hall Chiemsee, Westendstraße 199, 80686 Munich, Germany.

When: November 28, 2018

 

Formnext 2018

We will be present at Formnext 2018, booth number 3.1-B30J.

When: 11-16 November.
Where: Frankfurt, Germany.

MTC – Munich Technology Conference

Our CEO Andre Wegner will be present at the MTC – Munich Technology Conference. Contact us if you’d like to meet.

Where: Technical University of Munich, Germany

When: October 10 – 11, 2018

TCT Show

Our CEO Andre Wegner will be attending the TCT Show in Birmingham the 25th through 27th. Let us know if you’d like to meet!

Where: NEC, Birmingham, UK

When: 25th-27th September

 

Rapid + TCT

We are going to be present at this year’s Rapid + TCT show from the 23rd to 26th of April in Fort Worth, Texas.

Our CEO Andre Wegner and Software Engineer Anusha Iyer will hold a speech titled “Machine Learning in Additive Manufacturing (Intermediate)”.

When: Wednesday, April 25

Time: 1:00 PM – 1:25 PM

Please don’t hesitate to reach us if you wish to discuss the future of AM production.

Business inquiries: Frank Speck, CMO – frank@authentise.com