3Degrees, LLC, an Additive Manufacturing consultancy headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, USA, has announced the development of TRACE, a software tool designed to track, warehouse and validate key information about each additively manufactured part produced. The tool can also be customised to fit specific standards for traceability and quality management, both within an organisation as well as throughout a supplier base.
“In working with companies around the world, one consistent question they’re asking is how to ensure they‘re meeting all relevant standards in the design and testing of parts, as well as maintaining the appropriate records they may need as parts are deployed,” stated Dr Mike Vasquez, founder of 3Degrees. “For the industry to evolve, users need tools that give them – and their end users – confidence in the processes and traceability for each part they create.”
TRACE is said to offer a smart, intuitive system for quality management and documentation of key production and technical data for Additive Manufacturing. This reportedly eliminates the need for companies to build their own systems, which can prove time consuming and may not keep pace with evolving AM standards. “With TRACE, users have a simple and streamlined process with a user-friendly interface that enables traceability through all aspects of the AM workflow,” the company stated.
The software also maintains all the relevant information required for the safe and compliant operation of Additive Manufacturing facilities. It has been evaluated by a number of collaborators, including the Renishaw Inc. Solutions Center, USA, the Quad Cities Manufacturing Lab – Western Illinois University, Northern Illinois University and America Makes.