In additive manufacturing, identifying parts and components suitable for 3D printing remains a challenge for companies that have implemented, or are considering the implementation of 3D printing in everyday production.
3YOURMIND’s updated Additive Manufacturing Part Identifier will automatically check large part databases to detect which parts are good businesses cases for 3D printing, and whether to switch from traditional to additive manufacturing for any given part.
The analysis consists of both technical and economic aspects and is based on metadata of individual components, such as material selection, quality, and production requirements or specifications from CAD programs (optional).
For companies, the AM Part Identifier helps to reduce research time and cost while looking for applications for 3D printing.
“Working closely with customers, we added two new ways to find AM suitable parts: first, it’s now possible for any employee to suggest items for AM by feeding them directly into AMPI. Second, by enabling newly arriving print orders to be screened prior to being placed, companies can ensure the items are a definite fit for AM before moving into production,” says Stephan Kühr, 3YOURMIND’s CEO.
With the Use Case Screening, practically every employee in the company – whether in design, procurement or production – can check components for their economic and technical AM-feasibility using a clearly structured and digitized process.
“Designers, for example, can run new parts through the screening process and check whether they are potential AM parts before they even open a CAD program. They can then create an AM optimized design, avoiding costly redesigning of parts.” says Dominik Lindenberger, AM Part Identifier Product Manager at 3YOURMIND. “With the new version of the AM Part Identifier, we’ve stripped back the preparatory work and the expertise needed during the whole process of part identification for AM to make it even faster and usable by average employees.”
With Use Case Screening, relevant 3D models can be transferred into 3YOURMIND’s other tools to enter an end-to-end AM workflow. They make the adoption of additive manufacturing, whether for series production or prototyping, a seamless and automated experience. The full suite of tools facilitates automated printability analysis, the optimization of components, material selection and price calculation, the placement of print jobs in the production workflow, and comprehensive data analysis for optimizing additive manufacturing.