5 Ways You Can Use Data to Improve Your Additive Manufacturing Operations in 2018

In the run-up to the New Year, we’re summarizing our key learnings of 2017 into a quick checklist for your 2018 Additive Manufacturing IT endeavors. Taking these seriously will reduce your Total Cost of Ownership and make sure you are production ready.

Let’s start with the easiest:

 

Performance Measurement

The simplest initiative is to start measuring your Overall Equipment Efficiency, Failed Build levels or other Key Performance Indicators using data from your machines. With our Machine Analytics module, you can start today with an existing dashboard or incorporate the data into your own solutions.

 

Transparency

Many of you work in organizations that already operate many printers, though you might not know where they are, what they do and how often they do it. Using device data to track your assets and processes is the first step to creating a more transparent network and learning from your experience. Our Machine Analytics module includes a Gantt chart of all historical prints fed simply by data from machines.

 

Process Automation

To see immediate ROI from your data, start by identifying manual steps you could cut out with data: How can your sales team see when the printers are available? Can we alert customers or sales teams automatically if the print fails or once it goes into production? These and many other options are part of our MES solution.

 

Traceability

Additive production has many advantages over subtractive and other processes. Among them is your level of data access – let’s use it. Provide all required traceability documentation – and more – to your customers by extracting data from the machines and digitalizing process events. MES does this, and we’re augmenting it every day: We’re excited about announcements forthcoming in 2018.

Quality

This, of course, is the big one: Using all the data generated to draw conclusions about quality that could influence the incidence of testing. There’s still plenty of work to do, but it is never too late to start developing strategies to capture all that data in order to make the necessary abstractions.

 

Call us to discuss how we can help you optimize data to improve your additive manufacturing process in 2018. The industry has tremendous opportunities if we use it wisely.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Authentise Team!

Intelligent Additive Order Management 💡💡 – November Newsletter

This month, we were incredibly proud to announce our new 3Diax Manufacturing Execution System.

Additive Manufacturing was hard enough without manual updates to track orders & prints. As the number of prints increases, it gets hard to stay on top of what’s printing, where, what the next steps and customizations are. Now we can help you.

The software provides all the tools needed to organize modern, scalable additive manufacturing operations.

It builds on many 3Diax modules; in particular our announced machine analytics module, which makes it possible to receive seamless updates from printers. This foundation allows for an order status to be automatically updated and provide all parts of operations – from sales to printer operators – with real-time information to deliver quality parts efficiently and reliably.

A customizable dashboard provides instant overview of the automatically updated status of orders.

Features include the ability to create and track orders through shipping, quote, identify key metrics (such as print time), create build trays, automatically update order status based on actual printer data, and track multiple locations at once. MES is available on- or off-premise and works on tablets, phones, and computers.

Exciting new expansions are in the works: automated traceability documentation, material tracking for metal powders, automatic serialization. MES is a tool that manages your shop floor, for you. What features would you like to see? Get in touch now and tell us.

Best, the Authentise Team

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Authentise Announces Intelligent Manufacturing Execution System to Automate Additive Manufacturing Operations

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The first tool to track and manage print orders with automatic status updates from printers.

 Mountain View, CA; 14 Nov 2016 – Authentise (www.authentise.com) today announced the 3Diax Manufacturing Execution System (MES). The software provides all the tools needed to organize modern, scalable additive manufacturing operations. It rests on Authentise 3Diax, the world’s first modular process automation platform for digital manufacturing.

In particular, 3Diax MES relies on Authentise’s recently announced machine analytics module, which makes it possible to receive seamless updates from printers. This foundation allows for an order status to be automatically updated and provide all parts of operations – from sales to printer operators – with real-time information to deliver quality parts efficiently and reliably.

3Diax MES originated as 3Diax deployment for a major corporation, with multiple print locations in different continents. The on-premise deployment option enables them to track their global production status securely from any device, anywhere, while 3Diax APIs make it possible to integrate operational information into existing corporate IT systems such as customer relationship management tools.

“After our Machine Analytics tool, 3Diax MES is further proof that the 3Diax platform enables us to innovate more rapidly than any other software provider in manufacturing today,” says Andre Wegner, CEO of Authentise. “This helps us fulfill our clients vision of integrated, automated, industrialized additive manufacturing operations quickly, and easily adapt it to existing operational workflows.”

3Diax MES relies on further 3Diax modules such as file analytics and quoting to provide metrics and estimated costs of designs. Managing third parties and post processing are among dozens of other features. 3Diax MES can also be extended with further powerful 3Diax modules to enable features such as automatic serialization or insightful metrics on additive manufacturing operations.

“The result is a fully flexible operating system that helps ready additive manufacturing for production-scale deployments,” says Wegner. “Many more tools are required to complete this transition, such as improved material handling and traceability reporting. We are lucky to be working with leaders in the field to design and deliver these solutions.”

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For further information on 3Diax MES, please visit www.authentise.com/3diax/mes.html

About Authentise:

Authentise provides modular process automation solutions to leaders in the additive manufacturing market. Its 3Diax platform builds on patent-pending secure delivery and quality assurance technology to deliver open, flexible APIs to leaders in additive manufacturing, including Fortune 100 companies. Authentise was founded in 2012 and is based in the NASA Research Park campus in Mountain View, CA as well as Salt Lake City, Utah. It has been covered by Bloomberg, the BBC, Wired, and others. For further information on Authentise, please visit www.authentise.com and follow on Twitter @authentise.

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Andre Wegner

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