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 ...
25 October 2018 12:00
Generative design is a software tool that enables engineers and designers to approach design problems in more innovative and efficient ways. Generative design algorithms explore all possible design solutions by defining goals and constraints, offering engineers numerous options to explore.   Although still in its infancy, generative design has shown remarkable potential for industrial applications, particularly when coupled with 3D printing. Together, generative design and 3D printing can achieve more design flexibility, while creating lighter and stronger parts.   Today, we’ll be looking at the benefits and current challenges of using generative ...
20 September 2018 14:34
As we've previously seen, 3D printing is rapidly expanding beyond prototyping into production. However, this transition is not without its challenges, with process repeatability and quality assurance being two issues cited by many manufacturers. It’s therefore unsurprising that manufacturers are looking for ways to optimise AM processes in the pursuit of greater repeatability and reliability.   Simulation software could be one way to achieve this. By enabling consistency and higher-quality parts, simulation is one tool that can further improve AM processes. We've therefore put together a list of 10 software companies offering innovative ...
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 ...
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 ...
28 November 2017 14:23
The meteoric growth of the 3D printing software industry over the last few years shows no signs of slowing down. According to a new report conducted by BIS Research, the global market for 3D printing software and services will grow to $4.52 billion by 2021 - reflecting a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 25.2%.  Increasing demand for software and services  across range of industries, including medical, automotive and aerospace & defence, is just one of the factors in the rapid growth of this sector. The crucial role of software within the ...
10 November 2017 18:54
It's that time of the year again – in just a few days, some of the biggest names in additive manufacturing will be gathering in Frankfurt to showcase their latest technologies and intelligent manufacturing solutions at formnext, Europe's largest additive manufacturing trade fair and conference. And as everyone who’s anyone will be there, the RP Platform team is excited to announce that we will be presenting the latest features of our RP Platform software solution at formnext for the second year running. Following the successful release of our email integration ...
25 August 2017 13:31
While we’ve previously looked at some of the sophisticated, professional-level CAD software available, it’s important to remember that you don’t necessarily need to spend a huge amount of money to delve into 3D modelling and printing. There are a range of free CAD software tools available online that can be successfully utilised for industrial 3D printing applications. These can potentially be used for education, home use, or introducing 3D printing to a manufacturing operation for the first time in order to gain the support of external stakeholders. Here are some of ...
21 August 2017 14:08
3D printing technology, software and processes are evolving at an incredible rate, as new solutions to longstanding challenges reveal themselves virtually every month. When one steps back, this is part of a much wider and more fundamental shift in the industrial world: the transition to Industry 4.0.   What is Industry 4.0? Put simply, Industry 4.0 is an approach to manufacturing that enhances quality and efficiency through strategic automation and seamless data exchange. The term was first used at the 2011 Hannover Fair, with the Working Group on Industry 4.0 launching in ...
11 August 2017 15:33
Boeing have just announced a $1 billion deal with France’s Dassault Systèmes. This strategic partnership will see Dassault’s 3DExperience software rolled out across Boeing’s additive manufacturing operations around the world. The software will be used for the design of 3D-printable aerospace parts at Boeing’s additive manufacturing operations around the world. The sophisticated 3D printing software’s range of tools for collaborative design work across multiple locations will enable Boeing’s teams to share best practice in AM and continue to deliver innovative printed parts for aerospace applications. Boeing have established themselves as one ...