Materialise NV, Leuven, Belgium, has announced that seven additional technology partners have now joined its CO-AM platform for serial Additive Manufacturing production. These solution providers support design and pre-build automation, traceability, additive manufacturability and post-processing for AM parts. Materialise Magics has been integrated into CO-AM and offers a new workflow automation feature.
“With these new partnerships, the CO-AM community continues to grow, creating the first end-to-end software platform that offers an open ecosystem for the Additive Manufacturing industry,” stated Bart van der Schueren, CTO of Materialise. “Collaboration is key to realise the potential of Additive Manufacturing and to give our customers seamless access to a full range of software tools to plan, manage and optimise every step of their 3D printing process.”
Since launching the CO-AM Platform in May 2022, more than ten companies have joined as technology partners, including:
- Trinckle, which adds design automation for jigs and fixtures
- Twikit, which offers a mass customisation solution including design automation and automated order creation
- Additive Marking enables digital traceability through automated labelling and authentication technology
- Machine connectivity with SLM Solutions’ AM solutions to monitor and document machine data
- Solutions from AMT, DyeMansion and PostProcess to automate and track post-processing steps
Customers in major manufacturing industries, including aerospace, automotive, consumer, medical, and energy, are hoped to be given access to the latest Additive Manufacturing innovations via the platform and will be able to integrate and connect them seamlessly.
“End-to-end connectivity in CO-AM offers significant advantages for our partners and our customers,” stated Vishal Singh, Senior Director of CO-AM. “For our partners, connecting their applications to the CO-AM platform provides them with opportunities to reach new customers more efficiently. Our customers benefit from a unified user experience throughout Materialise and partner solutions.”
With the addition of these seven new partners, Materialise is said to be delivering on the promise to connect and automate all steps of the AM process. The new solutions automate design, labelling, machine monitoring, and post-processing. The CO-AM platform gives users the flexibility to build a process that is tailored to their business. A growing number of tools to support each step in the AM workflow enables them to choose their preferred solution.
Materialise has also extended the integration of Magics 26, its flagship data and build preparation software, into CO-AM. The integration enhances traceability, allowing users to monitor and improve AM processes throughout the workflow, from data preparation through design iterations to the final additively manufactured part.
In addition, Magics’ new workflow automation feature offers off-the-shelf scripts to automate common build preparation workflows and enables customers to use customisable scripts to automate build preparation tasks unique to their AM operations.
“The deep integration and workflow automation feature of Magics in CO-AM creates a digital thread between data and build preparation and the overall AM workflow,” commented Egwin Bovyn, product line manager of Magics 3D Print Suite at Materialise. “This is an important step to enable data management across all technologies within CO-AM. It will allow users to reduce production costs and scale AM operations more efficiently.”
Demonstrations of the CO-AM platform and Magics 26 will be available at Materialise’s booth at Formnext in Hall 12.1, C139.