Hexagon unveils plans to develop 3D printing trade’s ‘most versatile and open’ ecosystem


Amidst the mass of product launches throughout {hardware}, software program and supplies at Formnext final week, Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division unveiled its plans to carry every of these components collectively in what it believes shall be “the trade’s most versatile and open additive manufacturing ecosystem.”

The software program and automation specialist says it can proceed to construct its open ecosystem “with a shared function of top of the range” to assist customers construct efficient product growth and manufacturing workflows. That features materials suppliers like Solvay and Covestro, 3D printer and machine instrument distributors corresponding to Stratasys and Renishaw, software program suppliers like Genuine and Elise, and repair bureaus.

Paolo Guglielmini, president of Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division, mentioned: “Removed from Business 4.0 making a ‘related’ end-to-end provide chain, right now many 3D printers and protocols are creating ‘walled kingdoms’ of {hardware} which might be incompatible with sure CAE instruments, and distributors are introducing machines with proprietary connectivity, requirements and protocols designed to not work with equipment from rivals.

“Simply as giant producers drove the availability of open manufacturing facility automation, it’s vital we distributors now break down limitations to new manufacturing applied sciences that supply extra flexibility and effectivity. As an alternative, open knowledge requirements needs to be seen as a development enabler.”

By means of this open collaboration, Hexagon says it desires to assist construct confidence in “efficiency, high quality, and repeatability” by permitting clients to “combine new AM applied sciences with their current options, instruments and workflows.”

Mathieu Pérennou, director of technique and international enterprise growth for additive manufacturing at Hexagon, mentioned: “By means of continued openness, our ecosystem advantages each side of the alternate. Our companions can profit from Hexagon’s applied sciences and experience whereas getting the chance to collaborate and remedy issues for our intensive international manufacturing buyer base, whereas our clients profit from that deeper collaboration and skill to construct workflows based mostly on actually best-of-breed options which might be absolutely tailor-made to their particular person targets.

“We need to proceed to increase that ecosystem to industrialise AM and realise its advantages for prime efficiency parts, assembly the identical high quality expectations that our clients have for conventional strategies, and we have to make it attainable at greater volumes than AM with constant outcomes at each international plant.”

To help its ambitions, Hexagon welcomed various distributors to the ecosystem final week together with Sciaky, Meltio, CADS Additive, AMcubator and Additive Heart.

Daniel Stadlmayr, technical director, CADS Additive, commented: “Our collaboration with Hexagon is a win for all of the trade, serving to our clients to attain the very best outcomes with correct construct simulation, optimum use of supplies and a shared ardour for innovation to assist our clients remedy their most difficult design challenges for steel AM.”

The corporate additionally revealed further developments that advance the appliance of Directed Vitality Deposition (DED) applied sciences to industrial functions, together with collaborations with printer producers DM3D and Gefertec. It additionally introduced a collaboration with 3D Programs to reinforce its 3DXpert design software program with its HxGN Emendate generative design expertise. 

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