Ahead of the Formnext 2023 exhibition, Materialise, a leading provider of 3D printing software and services, has announced a ground-breaking partnership with CO-AM Partners, Ansys, and Digifabster to revolutionise the additive manufacturing landscape. This strategic partnership will advance the adoption of 3D printing for volume production and end-use part manufacturing by leveraging cutting-edge technologies. This initiative, with a share vision of improving process quality and efficiency, has the potential to reshape the future of additive manufacturing.
This collaboration is based on a comprehensive approach to process quality management that addresses critical challenges in the additive manufacturing workflow. Materialise, well-known for its expertise in 3D printing software and solutions, is leading the way in streamlining the end-to-end additive manufacturing process.
Key Highlights of the Announcement
Materialise, CO-AM Partners, Ansys, and Digifabster have collaborated to create a unified ecosystem for design, simulation, manufacturing, and order management. The goal of this collaboration is to remove bottlenecks and complexities from the additive manufacturing process.
“It’s time to prioritize customer experience in B2B, especially when enabling AM service bureaus. Integrating DigiFabster’s solution into CO-AM closes the gap between front-end and back-end.”– Pieter Hens, Senior Partner Manager, DigiFabster
Enhanced Design Capabilities
Ansys and Materialise have announced a collaboration to advance simulation integration and performance in the 3D printing process. AM users are frequently required to use one application for data and build preparation and another for simulations. This slows down build optimisation and preparation and necessitates expert knowledge, which consumes expensive engineering resources. The collaboration between Materialise and Ansys will make simulation more accessible to all Materialise Magics users, allowing them to reduce costs and work more efficiently.
“Usability and performance are crucial when it comes to simulation. By integrating Ansys technology into Materialise’s comprehensive software solutions, AM users can benefit from a seamless workflow using the gold standard in simulation.”– Chris Robinson, Senior Product Manager, Ansys
Digital Part Ecosystem
Digifabster, a digital manufacturing platform, is an important part of this collaboration because it connects users with a network of certified manufacturing partners. This ecosystem simplifies the acquisition of additively manufactured parts while also ensuring their quality and traceability.
CO-AM Partners brings process quality and control expertise to the table. The collaboration is focused on establishing strong quality management systems that ensure each additively manufactured part meets industry standards and certifications.
Achieving 3D printing for volume production
Materialise, CO-AM Partners, Ansys, and Digifabster’s collaboration is a significant step towards realising the full potential of additive manufacturing. This initiative paves the way for businesses to embrace 3D printing at scale by providing a comprehensive solution that addresses design optimisation, process control, and digital part procurement.
This revolutionary approach has far-reaching implications for industries ranging from aerospace to healthcare and beyond. Companies can unlock new opportunities for innovation, cost reduction, and supply chain resilience as additive manufacturing becomes a viable option for volume production and end-use parts.
Materialise’s strategic partnership with CO-AM Partners, Ansys, and Digifabster demonstrates its commitment to driving the adoption of additive manufacturing for volume production and end-use part manufacturing. This collaboration aims to redefine the future of manufacturing by providing a holistic approach to process quality and efficiency, empowering industries to fully utilise the potential of 3D printing.
Materialise will present 3D printing software solutions and 3D printing cases at booth C139 in hall 12.1 during Formnext in Frankfurt a. M., Germany, November 7 – 10.
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