Dyndrite, headquartered in Seattle, Washington, USA, and AMFG Corp, Austin, Texas, have announced AMFG powered by Dyndrite, an integrated solution enabling metal Laser Beam Powder Bed Fusion (PBF-LB) Additive Manufacturing users and service bureaus to deploy automated ordering, collating, and dynamically processed part production services.
“We are entering a new era of manufacturing. One driven by data and automation,” stated Keyvan Karimi, founder and CEO of AMFG. “By adopting Dyndrite, we enable data automation down to the toolpath, unlocking the full potential of each machine, while growing efficiency and reducing the potential for human errors. Dyndrite’s cutting-edge technology is enabling our [PBF-LB] customers to produce complex parts with unprecedented precision, speed, and reliability, giving our industry the boost it needs to compete with traditional manufacturing techniques.”
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Preparing build files for Additive Manufacturing processes – including PBF-LB – can take days or weeks to complete, explains Dyndrite. The lack of standardisation of file formats, parameters and protocols also means engineers and technicians must spend an inordinate amount of time adjusting and tweaking build files. With the challenges of the skills shortage across manufacturing, it has become more difficult to train and retain technicians with technical proficiency across multiple machine and software standards.
AMFG powered by Dyndrite is said to provide an autonomous manufacturing workflow.
AMFG’s order management system receives and collates orders from multiple customers, sorted by machining process and parameters. Next, the disparate parts enter AMFG software powered by Dyndrite, whose GPU-accelerated CAM engine enables those parts to be nested, supported, labelled, and toolpaths generated for compatible machines, including Aconity3D, EOS, Renishaw, SLM Solutions and others.
Production build data re-enters AMFG’s MES, which provides real-time build status updates and analytics, as well as its QMS. The AMFG MES powered by Dyndrite is said to eliminate engineering hours spent manually prepping and collating build files and acquiring costly software modules for each metal platform acquired. The MES also enables automated process-to-part capability from one application for cross-platform PBF-LB Additive Manufacturing via bi-directional data exchange between MES and the ToolPath generation app.
“Our partnership with AMFG allows us to stay at the forefront of the Additive Industry,” added Richard Minifie, Ricoh. “We are excited to further streamline the production process through automated print preparation, allowing us to deliver high-quality parts across platforms to our customers faster than ever before. This has not only helped us improve our customer satisfaction, but also further developed our substantial capability for mass-production, as we work together to explore new opportunities enabled by a true automated additive CAM solution integrated with AMFG’s world-leading MES.”
An investigation among AMFG customers showcased a reported benefit of over 500 hours per machine per year in saved labour for powder-based processes, excluding additional advantages such as minimised human error, expedited turnaround times, and enhanced machine utilisation. Monthly, this translates to 220-300 hours saved for six machines (approximately forty hours per AM machine per month). The integration between AMFG and Dyndrite has allowed the manufacturing process to be streamlined, thus facilitating quicker time to market and reductions in shipping time.
“The partnership between AMFG and Dyndrite marks a significant step towards a seamless production process for 3D metal machines. By combining the strengths of our respective software, we’ve created a one-stop-shop solution that streamlines the complex and time-consuming task of driving the AM process,” concluded Harshil Goel, founder and CEO of Dyndrite. “With AMFG using our engine, manufacturers can expect increased efficiency, consistency, and reliability, making [PBF-LB] a more practical and adoptable tool in their production process.”