The importance of recognized standards in AM (Authentise Weekly News-In-Review – Week 61)

As of now, AM has already proven its worth as a manufacturing tool worthy of consideration in many industrial sectors. If it is to find a foothold in every major industry, guaranteeing both stellar performances and safety, standards and best practices need to be delineated. Industrial partners want to ensure the viability of AM workflows on a scalable platform: this requires a thorough understanding of all processes, materials, pipeline steps and so on. Similarly, govt. agencies want to boost its propagation by maximizing safety and reliability across the board. ISO and others have already paved the way, but new partners are now entering: Oerlikon and Boeing are one example in which industrial partners seek common operational ground. The CECIMO European body is another, promoting the adoption of manufacturing standards and AM research centers pushing the bureaucracy forward when it comes to certifications.

Boeing partners Oerlikon to speed up adoption of 3D printing

Boeing is co-operating with Swiss engineering group Oerlikon to jointly develop additive manufacturing processes in a bid to accelerate the technology’s wider employment.

“The research will initially focus on industrializing titanium powder bed fusion AM and ensuring parts made with this process meet the flight requirements of the US Federal Aviation Administration and Department of Defense,” says Oerlikon.

Read more about it here.

AM In Europe Boosted By CECIMO Partnership

Map of CECIMO nations. Image via CECIMO
Map of CECIMO nations. Image via CECIMO

CECIMO, the body behind Europe’s additive manufacturing strategy, has announced a new partnership with EPMA, the European Powder Metallurgy Association. Together, under a joint memorandum of understanding (MOU), the two organizations are aiming to promote the adoption of 3D printing throughout established manufacturing industries.

“If Europe aims to remain a leader in advanced manufacturing production, it will need to succeed in the global race to industrialize additive manufacturing” – comments Filip Geerts, Director General of CECIMO

Read the full article here.

DNV GL launches AM Centre of Excellence to define certification standards for oil & gas and offshore & marine sectors

DNV GL metal part

DNV GL, a global risk assurance and risk management company, is to establish a Global Additive Manufacturing Centre of Excellence in Singapore.

Supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), DNV GL will consider qualification and certification, as well as provide training in AM for engineers. In the O&M sector, adoption of AM has been slow because of the challenges surrounding certification, according to DNV GL. The company, thus, wants to provide the industry with technical standards and guidelines to qualify and certify AM equipment, process, products and materials.

Read more at TCT Mag.

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ProtoTech Solutions and Authentise Enable Automatic Watermarks For 3D Printing

New 3Diax Module to help drive additive manufacturing to production scale.

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Sandy, UT and Pune, India; Oct 31 2017 – Authentise, a leader in process automation software for additive manufacturing, today announced that it has partnered with ProtoTech Solutions, a niche software development company in the CAD/CAM/CAE, 3D visualization and data interoperability domain, to help 3Diax customers automatically embed watermarks such as serial numbers into digital designs.

As part of the agreement, ProtoTech will exclusively offer its watermarking technology through the 3Diax platform and Authentise will market the technology as the 3Diax Watermarking Module. The Module enables serial numbers, barcodes or other identifiers to be embedded at any point in the geometry – on the part, in the support structures, on an attached tag, and even below the surface so that it can only be detected by X-Ray or similar technologies. This enables more efficient and reliable tracking and sorting of parts within factories. It also has the potential to significantly speed up supply chain and reduce the number of counterfeit parts in circulation.

The combination with other 3Diax modules, such as the geometric search module, makes the tool even more powerful. As a result, geometries could be marked even if they are not identical by identifying the similarity of incoming objects to existing templates.

337f81e“We understand geometries and what it takes to change them on the fly” says Varun Bhartiya, Partner at ProtoTech Solutions. “The 3Diax infrastructure is the best way for subject matter experts like us to contribute to badly needed workflow automation in the additive manufacturing sector. Using AM’s unique ability to make differentiated designs at no additional cost our modules can be used to eliminate costly secondary processes such as laser-engraving. This is the first step in our partnership with Authentise to make additive manufacturing more efficient and turn it into a production alternative.”

07c513d9-834b-4970-a537-59593dc316d7“As all Modules on the 3Diax platform, Watermarking works ‘behind-the- hood’”, says Andre Wegner, CEO of Authentise. “This means the actions happen automatically, without the need for manual operator interactions, which saves our clients time and enables them to scale. The modular structure of the platform and the API access also enables us to integrate this module with others, or directly into corporate IT systems. We’re delighted to work with CAD software professionals such as ProtoTech to extend the platform”

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To find out more about the 3Diax modules, please visit www.authentise.com/modules.html

About ProtoTech Solutions: ProtoTech Solutions is a niche software development services provider in the domain of CAD/CAM/CAE, 3D visualization and data interoperability. The company was found in 2005 and have been helping global organizations achieve their time-to- market and business goals by developing 3D custom applications, CAD Plugins, 3D Mobile apps, 3D web apps, 3D PDF exporters, file exporters/importers, and host of mission-critical engineering application projects.

Find out more at www.prototechsolutions.com and follow on Twitter @ProtoTechSoln.
About Authentise: Authentise delivers software that enables the production-scale deployment of additive manufacturing. Its landmark products include the 3Diax modular platform as well as the Authentise Manufacturing Execution System. These tools use device data to solve discrete automation challenges and provide an avenue to fully automated order execution and tracking in additive manufacturing, reducing Total Cost of Ownership and speeding up product delivery. The company was founded in Silicon Valley in 2012 and has been covered by Bloomberg, the BBC, Wired, and others.

Find out more at www.authentise.com and follow on Twitter @authentise.

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Images of Serialisation: 1, 2, 3 (Caption: Serial numbers can be automatically implanted at a specific or general area of the part with the 3Diax Watermarking Module. Combined with the 3Diax Geometric Search Module, the new tool can extend beyond identical parts and implant a range of similar components.)
Image of Steganography (Caption: The 3Diax Watermarking Module can also enable non-human readable codes to be implanted into geometries. All watermarks can be implanted on tags, in support structures or on the surface or internal to the original object.)

Contact:

Andre Wegner
+16506918615
info@authentise.com