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.

Newsletter (June) – expanding direct 3D printers’ control

Let’s be partners!

Direct 3D printer control is coming, are you with us?

Authentise has a history of developing solutions that enable the users to do more with their equipment. Now, building on our work in streaming and with companies like Lowe’s and Stratasys, we are starting to move on to direct control of machines.

EOS is committed, and we can push directly information into their 3D printers. Initially, we are rolling out these features to EOS printers, but there will be many more to come.

Be an early adapter and benefit from special discounts to this program.

Controlling the user’s 3D printer will mean:

  • Nesting can be more efficient due to a more direct and data-rich approach in dealing with orders.
  • Setup can be more automated, by giving our platform the power to schedule certain operations without user’s input.
  • Quoting can be more accurate.
  • Set up each machine, generate and send the toolpaths remotely into the printers.
  • and much more!

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If you or your company have EOS 3D printers and are looking to be an early adopter of these new features, please let us know by contacting our CMO Frank Speck at frank@authentise.com.