Thrinno, a Belgium additive manufacturing software provider, launched Thrinno MarketPlace, an integrated manufacturing platform for metal additive manufacturing (AM) where companies can obtain competitive pricing based on actual manufacturing capacity available. According to the company, it measures capacity anywhere in the world, at any time.
The platform will also offer professional design optimization and users can check their current designs for free with the Thrinno Metal AM design checks.
Thrinno is known for its ‘Thrinno Fast Quote’, an intelligent quotation generator for metal AM service providers.
Service provider quotes may differ day to day. Part of the reason for this is that different sized objects from different customers are done in the same build—it’s better for the service provider to fill the build plate up as much as possible in each run. Ideally, customers should be able to find excessive capacity on a build plate anywhere in the world to obtain the optimal price. This is the direction Thrinno MarketPlace is heading to taking advantage of Industry 4.0 (IoT) technology.
On the platform, companies can opt to be matched with the right supplier through a proprietary matching system and request a quotation from suppliers they feel confident doing business with. Suppliers can further be filtered on geographic location, materials, experience, type of industry, printable dimensions, and print lead times. Suppliers can also be asked to sign an e-NDA before accessing the file.
Companies will be able to access a bidding system to get the most competitive price from suppliers with excess short term capacity in the near future.
Suppliers will benefit as they will be able to “top-up” their build plates. For build-plates, which are already fully priced, any additional object is virtually pure profit. Eventually, suppliers will have the option to connect their system with the platform to get real time information on pieces that fit onto their build plate.
Additionally, on the Thrinno platform, companies can assess their designs’ printability and gain a better understanding of the design process and other factors that influence printability. This design check toolbox is currently freely available for all users of the platform.
Companies will be able to request assistance from an AM consultants, to guide them in assessing all functional aspects when designing a part for metal AM in the first place.