Link3D, New York, New York, USA, has introduced its Link3D Production Planning System (PPS), powered by Advanced Build Simulation and machine connectivity. Link3D PPS is an Additive Manufacturing scheduling solution which is said to enhance the company’s AM software, enabling application engineers and shop floor managers to efficiently run their Additive Manufacturing machines. The PPS provides an automated way to:
- Plan builds from order submission through to delivery
- Forecast accurate lead times and material usage using advanced build simulation
- Manage finite scheduling, production dispatching and schedule execution with machine connectivity
- Visualise and manage orders and facility capacity
- Trace and track the ‘genealogy’ of builds
Shane Fox, CEO & Co-Founder of Link3D, explained, “Our comprehensive predictive models are made to forecast AM production and costing outputs by accounting for labour, hardware model, AM technology, post-processing and including material science variables like specific gravity and viscosity. Link3D PPS utilises machine learning algorithms to make recommendations for placing work orders on the correct machines based on machine availability to achieve real-time distributed manufacturing.”
Earlier in 2018, Link3D announced the launch of its blockchain technology for AM, designed to provide higher levels of file integrity, security, and traceability and thereby help companies move towards mass adoption of AM. Link3D PPS also uses blockchain technology to track and trace all data logged and generated and help organisations validate and certify their processes.
Link3D launched across multiple OEMs and Service Bureaus this year and its Co-founders, Shane Fox and Vishal Singh, stated that they are confident that the company can help customers to achieve on-demand manufacturing across their internal facilities and AM partners. “Blockchain technology powering Link3D PPS is a step forward to enabling organisations to trace, track, validate and certify processes to help organisations move towards achieving 100% repeatability in 3D printing production,” stated Singh, CTO of Link3D.