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.

3Diax Machine Analytics Released at IMTS – September Newsletter

Welcome back to productivity folks – summer’s officially over. We kicked off the post-Labour day season with a flurry of announcements. As always, if you want to more than just a monthly newscast, sign up to our week-in-review or follow us on twitter! So, without further ado, our big announcement for those seeking total productivity after the summer lull:

Authentise Announces Machine Analytics for Additive Manufacturing 

Authentise 3Diax Machine Analytics Dashboard

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

Identifying what’s printing, where; automatically updating order status based on print status; easy detecting key KPI’s such as utilization or material use. All that is too hard today. 3Diax Machine Analytics makes it easy.

3Diax Machine Analytics Schedule
3Diax Machine Analytics Schedule

With 3Diax Machine Analytics, this sort of data is automatically captured to more quickly identify available resources, inefficient processes and serve as a foundation for further automation.

You can only improve what you can measure!

Press Release Mountain View, CA, September 12, 2016


Authentise & Additive Show Strong @ IMTS

Additive exploded at IMTS and even got its own part separate side conference & exhibition. The main question from the audience remained the same: How to get from the prototyping stage to the production stage.

Completely speaks to our slogan since our first days in 2013. Authentise 3Diax platform gets larger and larger and the modular open API concept allows companies to seamless exchange of information between the modules and current IT systems and machines to augment well established processes rather than replace them. Our open API acts as a glue in between your applications.

Click here for an overview of all open API modules on the 3Diax platform.


Engineering.com: Authentise Aims to Support Industrialization of Additive Manufacturing

3Diax is a software platform that incorporates 30 different modules dedicated to controlling, monitoring and analyzing manufacturing equipment in order to bring greater efficiency to the production process.

Full article at Engineering.com


Stop ‘wasteful’ processes! Digitize and automate operations – extend Lean to your additive manufacturing workflow with 3Diax’s modular software platform from Authentise. Continuos improvement to elevate efficiency and quality to a higher level. That how you outperform competition!

Schedule Demo here


Authentise on Tour

Our CEO, Andre Wegner, just came back from Dayton, Ohio, where he spoke at the inaugural Additive Manufacturing Industry Summit.

This month we’ll be in Banff, Canada, to speak at the Global Business Forum, and in London, UK. We’ll also be speaking at Singularity University in the Mountain View area. Of course, we always have a presence in Los Angeles and in Salt Lake City. So if you’re in the area – come on by!

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Wired Retail

Andre is at Wired Retail to speak about how 3D Printing will impact what is still an industry worth billions of dollars. What opportunities exist for stakeholders in the space? What threats are they facing? How do they engage?

Talk Summary:

Today 3D Printing is used to make trinkets and prototypes, but it’s increasingly looking like a viable manufacturing alternative. While retailers who succumb to inaction should fear disintermediation across certain product lines, an opportunity exists for those more willing to engage. Mass customization and endless shelves are among the first innovations 3D printing is likely to deliver. In addition, retailers can secure a seat at the table for future generations by building on their convening power and help brands as well as manufacturers make the transition to intellectual property publishers. 
 
Authentise has created 3D printing and scanning initiatives for some of the largest retail chains in the US. Its CEO, Andre, will draw on those experiences to highlight the do’s and don’ts of any such initiative.

Meet us! – Upcoming Events

See our upcoming events here: http://authentise.com/news/events/

We’ve always been around events to tap the pulse of the industry and meet with clients. Recently, we’ve taken a more prominent role in them. Recently we’ve spoken at a GE Ventures at the Field Museum in Chicago while IMTS was going on, at 3D Printing Politics, at Huawei in China, at Singularity University, at Designer of Things, among others.

We’ve not done a terribly good job of keeping you all up to date with future events, or recapping our experiences at them. That’s all about to change. We have a dozen or so events coming up and plan to list them all here: http://authentise.com/news/events/. Maybe we’ll even publish some of our decks etc.

We’ve made a start with the October events, but there’s more to come. So keep on checking back, and let us know if you’re going to be in the area.

Streaming Service for 3D Printing to Disrupt Supply Chains

Singularity University Startup Authentise to Launch Streaming Solution for 3D Printable Designs at DEMO Enterprise

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA–(Marketwired – Apr 3, 2014) – Authentise [www.authentise.com] launched the world’s first API to stream 3D print files today at DEMO Enterprise 2014. The API gives owners of digital designs the opportunity to get paid per print without giving customers access to full design files.
Authentise’s 3D Design Stream API enables design owners to stream 3D printable designs directly from their websites. Users are able to set up the print using a website widget, after which Authentise prepares the design for print and streams the underlying commands (or G-code) directly to the printer. Design integrity and intellectual property are fully secured and maintained. Retailers and brands including Fortune 100 companies have already signed on with Authentise to ensure their designs for spare parts, household objects, customized wearables and innovative art can be securely produced anywhere in the world. Authentise’s launch partners include:

 

  • CG Trader [cgtrader.com]
  • Makershop [makershop.co]
  • Pinshape [pinshape.com]

 

“3D Printing has proven that it’s capable of disrupting supply chains,” said Authentise CEO Andre Wegner. “Our streaming tools will accelerate that trend. 80 percent of top designers refuse to release their designs for remote printing and corporations are afraid of another ‘Napster moment.’ Our product reassures design owners, giving their customers access to millions of useful designs and thus opening the gates for global distributed manufacturing.”
Authentise will provide a live demonstration of its 3D Design Stream API on the DEMO Enterprise 2014 stage in the 3D Printing & Wearables category on April 3 and will host live demonstrations today at Booth D18 in the DEMO Enterprise 2014 pavilion.
“After traveling the country and vetting hundreds of companies on the DEMO Tour, we are excited to select Authentise to be one of the 27 companies launching new products solving big problems at DEMO Enterprise,” said Erick Schonfeld, executive producer of DEMO.

ABOUT AUTHENTISE
Authentise builds security and big data applications for 3D printing. Its cloud software is deployed by design owners aiming to profit from the digital manufacturing revolution and the resulting trend to produce objects closer to the point of use. Founded at Singularity University in 2012, the company is based at the NASA Research Park campus in Mountain View, CA. For further information on Authentise please visit, www.authentise.com, or follow on Twitter @authentise.

ABOUT DEMO
Produced by the IDG Enterprise events group, the worldwide DEMO conferences focus on emerging technologies and new products innovations, which are hand selected from across the spectrum of the technology marketplace. The DEMO conferences have earned their reputation for consistently identifying cutting edge technologies and helping entrepreneurs secure venture funding and establish critical business. For more information on the DEMO conferences, visit http://www.demo.com/.

All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

 

Andre Wegner, CEO

Authentise Selected as Demonstrator for DEMO Enterprise 2014

Authentise to launch streaming solution in 3D Printing & Wearables category on the DEMO stage

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Authentise today announced it has been selected to demonstrate at DEMO Enterprise 2014, taking place April 3, 2014, at the Mission Bay Conference Center, San Francisco, California. Authentise will present in the 3D Printing & Wearables category. DEMO is world-renowned for launching the most innovative companies in enterprise, mobile, cloud computing, consumer, and social media technologies.

Authentise will share their technological innovations in a four-minute presentation on the DEMO stage and in the pavilion.

“We are proud to launch our enterprise product at DEMO” said Andre Wegner, CEO of Authentise. “Authentise has gathered much attention for its thought leadership on intellectual property issues in 3D printing, and DEMO is the perfect platform to cement our action leadership. DEMO has once again shown its future-centric roots.”

ABOUT AUTHENTISE:
Authentise builds security and big data applications for 3D printing. Its cloud software is deployed by design owners aiming to profit from the digital manufacturing revolution and the resulting trend to produce objects closer to the point of use. Founded at Singularity University in 2012, the company is based at the NASA Ames campus in Mountain View, CA. For further information on Authentise please visit http://www.authentise.com, or follow @authentise.

ABOUT DEMO:
Produced by the IDG Enterprise events group, the worldwide DEMO conferences focus on emerging technologies and new product innovations, which are hand-selected from across the spectrum of the technology marketplace. The DEMO conferences have earned their reputation for consistently identifying cutting-edge technologies and helping entrepreneurs secure venture funding and establish critical business. For more information on the DEMO conferences, visit http://www.demo.com/, or follow @demo.

All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

 

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