3YOURMIND (Berlin, Germany) has released what it describes as a completely revised version of its Additive Manufacturing Part Identifier (AMPI). This tool automatically checks part databases to detect which components could be good businesses cases for 3D Printing, or for switching from traditional to Additive Manufacturing.
The analysis performed by the tool consists of technical and economic aspects and is based on metadata of individual components, such as
- material selection,
- production requirements or, optionally, specifications from CAD programs.
“Working closely with customers, we added two new ways to find AM suitable parts: first, it’s now possible for any employee to suggest items for AM by feeding them directly into AMPI. Second, by enabling newly arriving print orders to be screened prior to being placed, companies can ensure the items are a definite fit for AM before moving into production.”, said Stephan Kühr, the 3YOURMIND’s CEO. One of the new features of the revised AMPI is its Use Case Screening function. According to the company, every employee – whether involved in design, procurement or production – can now check the economic and technical feasibility of components for Additive Manufacturing using a clearly structured and digitized process. (Read more about 3D Software)
The value the new Use Case Screening offers directly affects employees’ workflow. Designers, for example, can run new parts through our screening process and check whether they are potential 3D printed parts before they even open a CAD program. With the new version of the Additive Manufacturing Part Identifier, we’ve stripped back the preparatory work and the expertise needed during the whole process of part identification for AM to make it even faster and even usable by average employees.”
.Dominik Lindenberger, 3YOURMIND AM Part Identifier Product Manager
Following Use Case Screening on potential Additive Manufacturing parts and assemblies, relevant 3D models can be transferred into 3YOURMIND’s other tools for an end-to-end AM workflow. The full suite of tools included in the company’s Enterprise platform includes:
- fully-automated printability analysis,
- component optimization,
- material selection,
- price calculation,
- placement of print jobs in the production workflow,
- comprehensive data analysis.
3YOURMIND’s software solutions also include the On-Demand Production network, where customers can access external Additive Manufacturing capacities from selected service providers around the world for the production of the identified components. This could further enable companies to enter the field of Additive Manufacturing with a reduced investment in new machines and additional technical infrastructure. (Read More about 3YOURMIND).