Swedish tech company Hexagon has been steadily making inroads into the additive manufacturing (AM) industry. This has primarily focused on simulation and design for 3D printing, for example through its partnership with IMDEA and its MSC Apex generative design software. Now, it has taken a major step into the space by partnering with Authentise, which focuses on 3D printing manufacturing execution systems (MES). Together, Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division and Authentise aim to offer an end-to-end software platform that covers everything from 3D design and printing to quality assurance to create a repeatable manufacturing ecosystem. , predictable and traceable.
Authentise already attempts to manage almost every aspect of a 3D printing factory’s production, including pre-production stages for specific files, monitoring each printer in a fleet, tracking materials at the both in systems and around the shop floor, generating quotes, quality assurance, planning and maintaining a digital parts inventory. It also attempts to collect and transmit as much data as possible from all of these stages so that it can be used to inform future production and integration into other software applications.
“We are excited to combine Hexagon’s solutions with our open workflow management engine to deliver a single end-to-end solution platform. Integrating data from Hexagon’s best software and sensors helps deliver a seamless user experience, automates their entire process, and unleashes the ability to learn from data. This partnership represents a step change for the industry – together we provide the integrated digital thread for additive manufacturing that customers have been looking for for so long,” said Andre Wegner, CEO of Authentise.
As a leader in simulation, metrology, CAD and geographic information systems (GIS), Hexagon has a lot to offer the 3D printing industry and one can easily see the synergies it has. would have with a company like Authentise. As he develops the simulation for 3D printing, for example, we can imagine how he will be able to ensure that the models are free from defects before printing, possibly by deforming them to compensate for the stresses that may occur during the manufacturing process. Metrology can then be used to conduct quality assurance at the end of production, by matching the final part with its CAD model. And the use of geospatial and GIS technology could potentially help integrate the production chain into the larger supply chain, tracking shipments of parts to customers and supplies to the factory.
“Together with Authentise, we are building a next-generation framework for our customers to manage flexible, fully digitized production workflows in private cloud environments. For manufacturers, additive manufacturing is a complex and changing market with many great tools, printers and materials to apply. We believe that our open and flexible systems will allow us to quickly respond to customer needs and integrate into their unique environments. This will connect the data flow and help streamline their workflows at all stages of the additive manufacturing process – before, during and after production and meet their specific standards or compliance needs,” said Mathieu Pérennou, Director of Global Additive Manufacturing Business Development for Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence Division. .
The companies say they will connect the various manufacturing silos by digitizing every step, from part design to quality assurance, applying these statistical process control (SPC) technologies with machine learning (ML) and l intelligence (AI) in the process. The use of open architectures through the hardware and software used is necessary for this weaving of the digital thread.
Recently, Joris Peels, editor of 3DPrint.com, predicted that MES companies would be more likely to be bought out than built, due to the long lead likely needed to repay investors. For this reason, it was no surprise to him that Materialize picked up Link3D and Bassetti bought 3DTrust. Hexagon, which has partially established itself in so many industries through a number of significant acquisitions, may one day buy out its partner here, Authentise. It’s an idea suited for Joris’ Dream Mergers and Acquisitions series, at the very least.
In the meantime, those interested in applying for a free process assessment can visit the Authentise website here or attend Hexagon and Authentise’s presentations at the AMUG conference, May 2-4, 2021.
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