Materialise Expands CO-AM Platform
New partners extend capabilities from design to post-processing, while Magics adds integrated data preparation and workflow automation.
December 1, 2022
Materialise has announced that seven additional technology partners have joined the CO-AM platform. These solutions support design and pre-printing automation, traceability, printing and post-processing for 3D-printed parts. Materialise Magics has been integrated into CO-AM and offers a new workflow automation feature.
Addressing Open Ecosystem
“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 (AM) industry,” said Bart van der Schueren, CTO of Materialise. “Collaboration is key to realize the potential of additive manufacturing and to give our customers seamless access to a full range of software tools to plan, manage, and optimize every step of their 3D printing process.”
Since launching the CO-AM platform in May 2022, more than 10 companies have joined as technology partners. New partners include:
- Trinckle adds design automation for jigs and fixtures
- Twikit offers a mass customization solution, including design automation and automated order creation
- Additive Marking enables digital traceability through automated labeling and authentication technology
- Printer Connectivity with SLM Solutions’ 3D printers to monitor and document machine data
- Solutions from AMT, DyeMansion, and PostProcess to automate and track post-processing steps
The Materialise CO-AM platform offers a space for innovation and co-development to the AM industry and manufacturing companies. It presents an open software architecture that provides manufacturing companies direct access to multiple hardware technologies and their preferred tools from Materialise and other software developers. This will allow the CO-AM community to co-develop end-to-end manufacturing solutions that create competitive advantages for individual companies and empower entire industries.
Customers in major manufacturing industries, including aerospace, automotive, consumer, medical, and energy, will have access to the latest AM innovations via the platform and will be able to integrate and connect them seamlessly.
Connecting and Automating the AM Factory
“End-to-end connectivity in CO-AM offers significant advantages for our partners and our customers,” says 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.”
Manufacturing companies turn to AM to mass produce identical or customized products. However, they are looking for ways to achieve repeatable quality standards and minimize the amount of manual intervention.
With the addition of the new partners, Materialise delivers on the promise to connect and automate all steps of the AM process. The new solutions automate design, labeling, 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.
CO-AM Integration and Workflow Automation With Magics 26
Materialise has extended integration of Magics 26, its 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 printed part.
In addition, Magics’ new workflow automation feature offers off-the-shelf scripts to automate common build preparation workflows and enables customers to use customizable 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,” says 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.”
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.