The German software developer 3YourMind has updated its Additive Manufacturing Part Identifer, which aims to help companies work out which parts are suitable candidates for 3D printing.
It works by checking large part databases to look for parts where there might be a good technical and economic case for producing them through 3D printing. The analysis is based on metadata of individual components, such as material selection, quality, and production requirements or specifications from CAD programs. The aim is to help companies move some of their existing conventional production to additive manufacturing.
Stephan Kühr, 3YourMind’s CEO, explained: “Working closely with customers, we added two new ways to find AM suitable parts: first, it’s now possible for any employee to suggest items for AM by feeding them directly into AMPI. Second, by enabling newly arriving print orders to be screened prior to being placed, companies can ensure the items are a definite fit for AM before moving into production.”
This new Use Case Screening means that most employees in a company, from design to production, can check components using a clearly structured and digitized process to see if they are suitable for additive manufacturing.
Dominik Lindenberger, AM Part Identifier Product Manager, says: “With the new version of the AM Part Identifier, we’ve stripped back the preparatory work and the expertise needed during the whole process of part identification for AM to make it even faster and even to be usable by average employees.”
3YourMind produces a full suite of tools in its Enterprise platform that allows for fully automated printability analysis and can optimise the components, material selection and price calculation before sending those print jobs into the production workflow. The company’s software solutions also include features like the connection to the on-demand production network where customers can connect with selected printing service providers from around the world to find external printing capacities, without having to invest in their own infrastructure.
Naturally this will be demonstrated at the upcoming Formnext show in Frankfurt in November. You can find further details from 3yourmind.com.