SPEE3D released SPEE3DCraft, a downloadable simulator that gives craftspeople and 3D printing enthusiasts the opportunity to discover real-life metal 3D printing workflows using the same technology and equipment developed by SPEE3D. Through this intuitive, gamified simulator, individuals can engage with additive manufacturing techniques virtually anywhere and for free.
Craftspeople often require direct access to a technology to refine or develop their manufacturing capability, or if the technology is new, to learn how it works. Recent workplace COVID-19 safety restrictions, and postponed events that feature new tech has limited an individual’s opportunity to augment their skillset. SPEE3DCraft was conceptualized to overcome these limitations, as an easily obtainable alternative for individuals to experience and learn about real-life metal 3D printing.
SPEE3D CTO Steve Camilleri states, “SPEE3DCraft shows people how SPEE3D’s metal 3D printing process works from start to finish in a way unlike anything seen before.”
In SPEE3DCraft, users play as a craftsperson. They are tasked to interact with additive manufacturing technology and machinery to design, print, post-process and supply as many metal parts as possible. The user’s score is determined based on how many high-quality metal parts they can deliver within a time limit.
SPEE3DCraft is a multi-environment simulator designed to provide users the most authentic AM experience possible. Almost every aspect of the simulator has been programmed to be a reflection of the existing SPEE3D process and its technology. For example, the duration of each operation in SPEE3DCraft, from printing to post-processing the metal part is scaled to real time. Users are also able to craft real metal parts currently used in everyday manufacturing. Even the CAD station featured in the SPEE3DCraft simulator has been designed to imitate real Autodesk Fusion 360 CAD software that is used in the actual SPEE3D process.
Accurate simulation of Autodesk’s Fusion 360 software within SPEE3DCraft presents an innovative way a user can interact with the technology as part of the experience.