Additive Industries, headquartered in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, has premiered multiple product updates at this year’s Formnext. The company has introduced new technologies, said to elevate the Additive Manufacturing landscape, including job file encryption, a data connectivity service and a new tool steel for its MetalFab Additive Manufacturing machine.
Job File Encryption
Developed in response to the increasing demand for secure digital warehousing and distributed manufacturing, Job File Encryption is a software designed for MetalFAB AM machines. Tailored for OEMs and Tier 1 companies, this solution safeguards the intellectual property of customers by encrypting job files directly into the printer’s memory.
Unlike existing third-party tools, the Additive Industries solution ensures end-to-end protection, with files remaining encrypted throughout the manufacturing process. Notably, customers can set unique decryption keys for each subcontractor, minimising the risk of unauthorised access. The ultimate layer of security lies in the protection of the decryption keys, readable only by the MetalFAB, reportedly ensuring unmatched data security.
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Addressing the industry’s growing need for data-driven insights, DataService is a connectivity option for retrieving machine data from the MetalFAB. Utilising industry-standard protocols such as OPC-UA and MQTT, customers can seamlessly integrate their MetalFABs with data analysis solutions like Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) or analytics platforms.
DataService opens avenues for creating dashboards, establishing notification systems, and enhancing traceability. With a tiered data subscription model, customers can tailor their access to machine data, enabling flexibility and efficiency in their operations.
Additive Industries also unveiled M789 AMPO, a maraging tool steel designed specifically for the MetalFAB Additive Manufacturing machines. This corrosion-resistant alloy combines high hardness with exceptional toughness.
Unlike existing tool steels, M789 AMPO eliminates the need for pre-heating of the build plate, streamlining the printing process. This launch expands Additive Industries’ material portfolio, catering to the tool and die industry while unlocking new possibilities in automotive, plastic injection moulding, and oil & gas applications.
Additive Industries is currently exhibiting at Formnext 2023 in Hall 11.0, D11.