Additive Manufacturing

SEP 2018

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING is the magazine devoted to industrial applications of 3D printing and digital layering technology. We cover the promise and the challenges of this technology for making functional tooling and end-use production parts.

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Page 38 of 43 37 AM / Technology Review Software Identifies Parts for 3D Printing Partfinder from Additive Innovation (AI), a spin-off of CoreTechnologie, automatically searches large volumes of data to find components suitable for 3D printing. The software tool analyzes 3D CAD data geomet- rically as well as on the basis of the construction history, PMI and metadata. The information obtained is stored in a database so that components can be filtered and presented in a clear list with a 3D graphic and all relevant information. Multiprocessor calculation allows extremely large data sets to be examined quickly and automatically for 3D printing potential, the company says. As an HP distribution partner, Additive Innovation provides expertise around the additive series production of high-quality plastic parts, as well as its Partfinder analysis as a service. 3D Printer and Software Improve Printing Process MakerGear's M3 Independent Dual Rev. 1 3D printer features a touch probe that expedites, manages and improves the print bed level- ing process by providing simple instructions to the operator. The probe also checks the surface to generate a mesh using nine data points, which compensates for variations in the flatness of the print bed. The M3 features wireless connectivity and control, an integrated user interface, and high-temperature V4 hot ends. MakerGear's Cloud software, designed to maxi- mize productivity through printer cluster mapping and cluster-based print queuing, protects operators' IP and facilitates high-volume production; low-volume, high-mix production; and the configuration of privileges by location, role and account type. The printer is available with an optional enclosure that helps maintain the temperature of the print environment, reduces operating noise and vents printing-related odors.

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