Link3D, a developer of additive manufacturing execution workflow software, launched its Post-Processing Management Technology. This software marries downstream manufacturing workflow software with the company’s additive manufacturing execution systems (MES).
The goal of additive manufacturing execution systems 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.
By designing and attaching 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. 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.
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 enable data driven automation.”
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.
Post-process management provides a closed-loop yield management system if parts fail during the post-processing stage. This PPS technology will allow for distributed manufacturing across internal and external post-processing vendors.