05 December 2019 11:20
The capabilities of 3D printing software are growing, as the industry continues to mature.    Historically, the 3D printing software segment has tended to lag behind those of hardware and materials. However, exciting developments in recent years show that this segment is quickly catching up, enabling companies to create complex designs faster, increase print success rates, ensure part quality and manage workflows more efficiently.    With software being the key to viable production with 3D printing, we take a look at the developments making this possible.    Take a look at the other articles covered in ...
10 October 2019 12:06
Software has long been a bottleneck in the evolution of 3D printing. The industry has been focusing more on advancements in hardware and materials, while software innovation has lagged behind.    However, the existing gap is being closed, as more companies are now developing the next generation of software tools which will drive AM forward into industrialisation.    Below, we’re looking at some of the key developments and trends shaping the 3D printing software market.    1. The quest for software interoperability    The additive manufacturing industry is moving towards a simpler and faster design preparation workflow. The ...
04 October 2019 9:39
Manufacturing, like so many industries, is experiencing a digital transformation. Increasingly, manufacturers are investing in digitalisation, with 74% agreeing that they will need to adopt digital technologies in order to prosper. However, while most manufacturers recognise the need to invest in digital technologies, successfully implementing these technologies remains a key challenge.    Additive manufacturing (AM) is one of the technologies at the heart of this digital transformation. AM encompasses a broad range of processes that enable parts to be manufactured from a digital CAD file — and 80% of companies say that ...
07 May 2019 9:24
When it comes to implementing a scalable additive manufacturing workflow, an area that is often overlooked is the order management stage. For service bureaus and AM departments, order management refers to the process of receiving, tracking and fulfilling incoming orders efficiently. In the context of additive manufacturing, this means establishing the correct people and processes required to ensure the smooth running of operations, so that the right users receive the right parts at the right time.   Whether you’re using additive for prototyping, tooling or end parts, how your AM department ...
06 March 2019 16:40
When it comes to adopting additive manufacturing, most companies will find that it’s not a case of simply buying a machine and producing parts right away.   For all the benefits of 3D printing, successfully implementing the technology means considering a number of factors. Which design tools will be used? How will you ensure a seamless workflow management process? And what about security?   Trying to find answers to all of these questions can, at times, be daunting for companies looking to adopt 3D printing for purposes beyond rapid prototyping. Fortunately, software solutions ...
04 January 2019 10:46
2018 was the year in which 3D printing quietly solidified its position as a commercially viable, industrial manufacturing technology. With key developments across hardware, materials and software last year, 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, is becoming an increasingly important part of the manufacturing process.   With an impressive year for 3D printing in 2018, what does 2019 hold for the additive manufacturing industry? In this article, we share the top 5 industrial 3D printing trends you can expect to see over the next 12 months.      1. Polymer 3D printing will continue ...
19 April 2018 16:17
Above: RP Platform's AM Automation Software provides powerful tools for file preparation and production management.  Converting a CAD-designed model into a compatible file format for 3D printing is an unavoidable step in the 3D printing process. The file format most commonly used is STL, which allows the 3D printer to interpret CAD model data and then to create the physical object. However, when an STL file is poorly exported, this can lead to a myriad of unexpected and, typically, undesired results, affecting the printability of a part. So what are the ...
19 April 2018 13:48
Today, additive manufacturing offers unprecedented possibilities for the design and production of functional parts. However, to fully exploit the design complexity offered by the technology, design software, like topology optimisation, is needed.    Topology optimisation makes the production of stronger, lightweight parts possible. Today's article will explore how topology optimisation can help to produce parts with enhanced performance and mechanical properties.     What is topology optimisation? Topology optimisation is a technique that optimises the geometry of an object using mathematical calculations. Using topology optimisation software, designers can optimise the material distribution in specific places as ...
29 March 2018 8:46
Traceability is one of the key concerns facing additive manufacturing, as AM is increasingly adopted by OEMs and manufacturers alike. With regulations, reporting and quality control requirements coming into play — particularly for industries like aerospace and medical — the current lack of traceability across the AM ecosystem and supply chain must be tackled if AM is to fully come into its own as a viable manufacturing technology. And yet, companies are currently lacking the software infrastructure needed to ensure traceability and transparency across the AM ecosystem, due to non-integrated supply ...
22 February 2018 14:45
The shift towards Industry 4.0 has led to the digital transformation of manufacturing, as manufacturers incorporate digital technologies to enhance their production workflows. With the evolution of additive manufacturing as a viable means of production within this digital transformation, manufacturers are now recognising the benefits of using automation in additive manufacturing as a means of enhancing their operations, and ensuring greater efficiency and a faster time-to-market. Automation, described as the single biggest evolution of 3D printing, will be the next step in the evolution of additive manufacturing. Achieved through a ...