Link3D partners with ACAM on real-time demonstration of connected AM ecosystem

September 26, 2018

Link3D partners with ACAM on real-time demonstration of connected AM ecosystem

From L-R: Tobias Stittgen, Senior Advisor Sales and Technology at ACAM, Renaud Vasseur – VP of Business Development & Sales at Link3D, Janet Kar – Chief Operations Officer, Stephan Ziegler, Chief Engineer at RWTH Aachen Digital Additive Production DAP (Courtesy Link3D)


Additive Manufacturing software provider Link3D, New York City, USA, is partnering with Aachen Center for Additive Manufacturing GmbH (ACAM) in Aachen, Germany, to establish a showroom to demonstrate, in real-time, Link3D’s AMES & Additive Workflow Software across the facilities of ACAM’s research partners.

The centre’s research partners include the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (ILT) and the RWTH Aachen University Chair for Digital Additive Production (DAP), facilities with more than fifty metal and polymer Additive Manufacturing machines in operation. According to Link3D, the partnership represents a push for the widespread adoption of Additive Manufacturing in Germany and the rest of Europe.

In the new showroom, OEMs and Additive Manufacturing service bureaux will have the opportunity to view a live demonstration of a connected AM ecosystem. Meetings can be booked to evaluate and strategise how they can connect their internal and external AM ecosystem and begin:

  • Centralising order submission processes
  • Streamlining quoting and cost tracking
  • Optimising production planning and production scheduling across machines
  • Managing post processing and quality assurance management
  • Administering order logistics and collecting customer feedback
  • Improving internal operations with data analytics

A training centre will also be introduced at ACAM to help train OEM and AM service bureau employees to optimise their additive operations with Link3D. This includes application engineers, machine operators, supply chain managers, account managers, who will receive assistance to streamline data intensive tasks that will help them save time, reduce overhead cost, maximise assets and improve internal operations.

Shane Fox, CEO of Link3D, stated, “It’s an honour to be collaborating with an organisation like ACAM and Fraunhofer as they have an extensive knowledge and experience around Additive Manufacturing. We believe this collaboration will introduce new technologies that the industry has never seen.”

Managing Partner of ACAM, Johannes Schleifenbaum, added, “Aachen is the cradle of laser-based metal AM technologies – we won’t forget this heritage – but a large part of the AM future will be decided in the digital world. We will support this with the formation of a ‘digital additive enterprise’, where customers can holistically experience the disruptive power of AM. We are very glad that Link3D will be at our side on this journey!”

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