Materialise NV, Leuven, Belgium, has collaborated with US software company PTC to increase the Additive Manufacturing capabilities of PTC’s Creo suite of Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software. The companies stated that the collaboration will expand access to AM and allow manufacturers to more easily integrate the technology into their manufacturing process.
With recent advancements in metal AM, the technology is increasingly being adopted to solve specific manufacturing challenges and create customised, complex end-user products. As the manufacturing industry continues to discover its potential, the two companies stated that the need to integrate advanced AM as part of a product lifecycle management system will continue to increase.
Powered by Materialise’s Build Processor, the solution is said to offer manufacturers a seamless connection between PTC’s software and AM systems equipped with a Materialise Build Processor. It will also include Materialise’s support generation technology.
Stefaan Motte, Vice President and General Manager, Materialise Software, stated, “Our collaboration with PTC will bring improved 3D printing capabilities to PTC’s CAD software and makes it easier for manufacturers to integrate 3D printing into their operations. This collaboration with PTC will expand access to 3D printing and help engineers and designers think in terms of additive, rather than traditional manufacturing for rapid product design and development.”
“As 3D printing becomes a more prominent part of the manufacturing toolkit, we are working with Materialise to create robust support for the technology in Creo,” added Brian Thompson, Senior Vice President and General Manager, CAD segment at PTC. “Together with Materialise, we will bridge the gap between CAD design software and the 3D printing machines.”