Production AM needs Post-Processing that is up to par (Authentise Weekly News-In-Review – #128)

As we gear towards a more diffused and wide-ranging production AM ecosystem, maintaining a post-processing workflow that is up to it will be equally important. Most 3D printed parts aren’t usable without a post-processing step, be that supports removal, polishing or thermal tempering. We’ve gotten quite good at it, and creative, designing machinery that is simple yet performant, to aid in the quest for a tight-knit AM pipeline. Software plays an equally important role. Authentise has recently announced our app to enable AM operators to digitize post-processing steps, enriching their workflow with data from the entire process.

Postprocessing gains importance as the number of parts in 3D-printed production runs increases

“There’s a real shift in the industry right now,” said Ed Graham, vice president of additive manufacturing at ProtoCAM. “Where it might be cost-effective using human labor to finish a prototype or even a couple dozen parts, we’re now seeing orders for 1,000 pieces or more. That’s why more efficient postprocessing methods are increasingly important now, because of all the emphasis recently on end-use materials, faster print times, larger build envelopes, and, ultimately, higher production volumes.”

Read the full article on The Fabricator.

Is Plasma The Missing Link In Assembling 3D Printed Parts?

Motorbike fairing glued together using piezobrush PZ2. Image via Relyon Plasma.

The [Relyon Plasma’s] piezobrush PZ2 uses plasma to activate surface particles of a substance which strengthens the adhesion between joined parts. With a strong bond between assembled 3D printed parts, it is possible to manufacture large-sized sturdy components on small sized 3D printers. According to the CEO of Creabis, Ralf Deuke, plasma-aided bonding will lead to more novel applications in 3D printing.

Read more about it at 3DPrint.com

Post-Processing Enabling Additive Manufacturing

Post processing, in one form or another, is an inevitability when using additive manufacturing (AM) technologies, but is particularly critical for serial production applications of AM — both in terms of the financial costs and the time it takes between a part leaving the AM system and being fit for purpose as an end-use product. In this article, Joseph Crabtree, the CEO at Additive Manufacturing Technologies Ltd, considers the importance of post-processing in the entire production process chain and highlights an emerging solution.

Read more here.

 

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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