Replique develops 3D printing quality tracking

Replique, a company based in Germany that has developed a secure 3D printing platform, is planning to launch a new module called RSure that can help OEM customers track each of their 3D printed parts directly and ensure that final parts meet necessary quality requirements.

Using the Reqplique digital inventory, Customers can determine the quality inspections that should be performed on parts when they are 3D-printed.

Those OEM customers can use the RSure module to set the quality specifications for their parts that they are trying to match. RSure then lets those customers trace the parts and check a digital inspection before those parts are sent out to their customers. 

In addition, customers can have RSure set up further quality checks for service bureaus to carry out on 3D printed parts. This includes various certified measurements, functional tests and image upload to the customer’s digital library on Replique. This library allows customers to store and manage their designs ready to be ordered when needed. 

Replique was founded by Dr Max Siebert, CEO, Dr Henrike Wonneberger, COO, and János Váradi, CTO, all of whom worked for BASF in material science and digitization (though Váradi has since left the company). Their idea was to digitize and produce parts on demand so that they could be easily produced as and where needed, allowing OEMs to retain the revenue stream from these spare parts but without the inventory costs. 

To develop this further, they joined Chemovator GmbH, another company owned by BASF that helps incubate start-ups. Chemovator works with companies across different disciplines, including cancer research, haulage logistics and data management. 

Replique’s solution was to build a fully-encrypted 3D printing network with over 60 facilities to allow for decentralised production of parts. This protects the IP for the OEM customers and limits the number of copies of a given part that can be printed in order to preserve the value of those parts for the vendor.  The system can be integrated into existing solutions such as ERP and e-commerce

Max Siebert commented: “As part of BASF, we know that industrial companies need standardized and repeatable production processes, especially when it comes to decentralized manufacturing. With our end-to-end solution we can ensure traceability, while providing repeatable quality and secure encryption of 3D printed parts.”

Replique will be showing the RSure module at the upcoming Formnext show in Germany next month. You can find further details from replique.io


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