Link3D Unveils Post-Processing Management to Simplify Additive Manufacturing Workflows

Link3D Post-Processing Management

Brand new technology facilitates each step in the 3D printing process for companies

Link3D, the leader in additive manufacturing execution workflow software, is excited to announce the launch of its Post-Processing Management Technology. Link3D’s post-processing management marries downstream manufacturing workflow software with their additive manufacturing execution systems (MES).

As we all know, 3D printing is not as simple as pushing the print button, life after production requires a levels of craftsmanship before parts are ready for design and mechanical testing, tooling and other end uses. The goal of Link3D AMES is to help facility technicians and application engineers plan their upstream 3D printing production and downstream manufacturing processes upon confirming production details with their engineers submitting orders.

Post-Processing Management
Above: Post Processing Management & Work Plan Attachment/Image Credit: Link3D

By designing and attaching templatized work plans for each part order within an assembly, representatives that are processing parts for post-production will be automatically notified once work is in their queue. In other words, this module part of Link3D’s MES platform will list the steps required to process a 3D printed job till completion. Detailed post-processing information will include responsible parties and descriptions and/or checklists for each step in the development of the part. Allowing technicians to trace and track their activities from beginning-to-end.

Link3D Co-Founder and CTO, Vishal Singh, explains: “With dynamic routing and smart scheduling algorithms, Link3D aims to drastically improve the operational efficiency of additive production, particularly for OEM’s looking to adopt series production. Furthermore, capturing and tracking data at each stage creates the perfect platform to enables data driven automation.”

Majority of MES and additive workflow software systems do not take care of downstream manufacturing processes, which ends up disconnecting the digital thread. OEMs and service bureaus oftentimes need to introduce multiple digital and offline systems to manage their additive manufacturing production. With Link3D’s post-processing management technology, the entire process is centralized and streamlined. As a result, greater data connectivity, logging, and traceability are enabled across post processing planning, task assignment, checklists, scheduling, yield management – and more.

Link3D Post-Processing Management
Above: Post Processing Scheduling & Yield Management System/Image Credit: Link3D

Shane Fox, Link3D Co-Founder & CEO says, “Link3D’s mission is to develop exciting software solutions to advance the future of additive manufacturing. Link3D believes in developing technology to increase productivity and help organizations scale to series production. A true additive manufacturing execution system is crucial to achieve this mission.”

Post-process management provides a closed-loop yield management system if parts fail during the post-processing stage. To add, Link3D’s PPS technology will allow for distributed manufacturing across internal and external post-processing vendors. Post-process management for additive manufacturing projects finally provides companies with the tools to streamline their entire 3D printed projects, something that has never been possible before. Link3D’s advancement of technology continues to improve the way companies adopt and utilize 3D printing on a global scale.

Link3D will be at FormNext 2018, pass by to learn more about Hall 3 Booth B46.

About Link3d: Link3D, headquartered in New York City, offers an additive manufacturing execution system to connect the digital thread and enable organizations to adopt and scale their strategy for Industry 4.0. Link3D centralizes the digital manufacturing ecosystem by introducing various levels of configuration, automation, and simulations to unlock the true benefits of additive manufacturing.

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