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Software Checks Part Data for 3D Printing Feasibility

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The updated AM Part Identifier (AMPI) from 3YourMind automatically checks large part databases to detect which parts may represent good business cases for 3D printing, and whether to switch from traditional to additive manufacturing (AM) for any given part. The analysis consists of both technical and economic aspects and is based on metadata of individual components, such as material selection, quality, and production requirements or specifications from CAD programs (optional). For companies, the AM Part Identifier makes it easier to enter the world of additive manufacturing and helps to reduce research time and cost while looking for applications for 3D printing, the company says.

This version of the software features two new ways to find AM-suitable parts. First, employees can suggest items for AM by feeding them directly into AMPI. Second, newly arriving print orders can be screened prior to being placed so that the shop can ensure the items are a definite fit for AM before moving into production.

One of the new features of the updated software is Use Case Screening, which directly affects employee workflow. Designers, for example, can run new parts through this screening process to check whether they are potential AM parts before they even open a CAD program. They can then create an AM-optimized design, avoiding costly redesigning of parts.

With a click, relevant 3D models can be transferred into 3YourMind’s other tools for an end-to-end AM workflow. The full suite of tools facilitates fully automated printability analysis, optimization of components, material selection and price calculation, the placement of print jobs in the production workflow, and comprehensive data analysis for optimizing additive manufacturing. All these tools are integrated in the latest version of the company’s Enterprise platform.

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