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The developer of quality assurance software for the 3D printing sector Sigma Additive Solutions, announced that it has joined the EOS Developer Network (EDN) created by EOS, a leading 3D printer manufacturer.
Sigma can now provide software and analytics applications based on EOS application programming interfaces (APIs). The EDN partner program simplifies services and tools to enable Sigma to widen its software offering through the EOS digital thread, including data preparation, machine management, process data acquisition, and reporting. EDN also offers API documentation and code samples, as well as dedicated support from solution experts and access to virtual EOS systems for testing and integration validation.
“This is a great step in allowing us to support customer quality at every point of their additive journey, as well as better integration with other software solutions. EOS is a premier supplier to the entire additive manufacturing industry, including both metals and polymer technologies. We share their mission of providing high levels of manufacturing quality and economic sustainability. We believe that the combination of EOS’ machine platforms with Sigma’s pedigree in agnostic monitoring and analytics software will be a marketplace differentiator and catalyst for the growth of the entire additive industry,” said Stephan Kuehr, Sigma’s General Manager of European Operations.
A glimpse of EOS industrial portfolio
Earlier this year, EOS announced the release of its novel End-to-End Production Network, which would connect companies looking for serial 3D printing support with its certified partners. The step broadens EOS’ existing contract manufacturing network to provide end-to-end production, with Prototal, Scandinavia’s largest additive manufacturing company announced as the network’s first certified contract manufacturer.
Furthermore, to improve the design and performance of 3D printed aerospace components, EOS collaborated with Hyperganic, a specialist in engineering design software. The companies collaborated by integrating Hyperganic Core, Hyperganic’s AI-based algorithmic engineering software, with EOS’ laser powder bed fusion 3D printers. With the addition of the software, EOS customers were able to design their space propulsion components using algorithmic models, avoiding the conventional part design process entirely. The modification vastly simplifies the design workflow, enabling part geometries to be computationally produced in minutes and with optimized performance to boot.
Moreover, EOS agreed to assist in the development of a residential air conditioning (AC) system that is up to ten times more efficient than standard systems. Collaborating with UAE-based aerospace firm Strata Manufacturing and Hyperganic, EOS intended to build a system that would be “highly desirable in global markets.” As a result, the UAE’s Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, stated that the resulting unit will demonstrate how his country can meet both international and domestic demand.
Last month, EOS announced the launch of its novel Contract Manufacturing Network (CMN). The network connects established AM production partners with end users, allowing them to produce high-quality parts quickly and effectively. The network is anticipated to begin in the EMEA with seven partners: FKM, Erpro, Volum-E, Pankl, Materialise, Oerlikon, and Hasenauer & Hesser. EOS’ Contract Manufacturing Network complements the facilities it already offers through its partner networks. Customers looking for dependable AM partners rather than manufacturing their own parts can contact the network for help with everything from rapid prototyping to small series volumes of 1,000 parts.
“We are very pleased to welcome Sigma Additive Solutions to the EDN partner program. EOS believes open software interfaces have a strong impact on the adoption of additive manufacturing (AM) in general and provide opportunities to speed up industrialization. We created the EOS Developer Network (EDN) to support the AM software community to build seamlessly integrated software products that add to the powerful foundation EOS has built,” said Mirco Schöpf, Product Line Manager of Software at EOS.
Additive manufacturing partner programs
Previously, 3D printer manufacturer Stratasys added artificial intelligence (AI) software firm Oqton and 3D modeling software developer Riven to its GrabCAD Software Partner Program. The GrabCAD partner program reportedly includes nine companies and utilizes the functionalities of its partnered 3D printing software providers to offer end-to-end additive manufacturing services to its customers.
Elsewhere, Carbon Source, a subsidiary of CarbonMeta Technologies, a resource reclamation firm based in Washington, launched a Plastic Upcycling Partner Program for 3D printing service providers and maker spaces. As the company tried to lessen the quantity of plastic waste deposited in landfills, the program offered 3D printing filament purchase discounts to partners who upcycled their waste plastics through Carbon Source. In addition, the company announced its Upcycling Classroom Grant Program, which encouraged students to come up with new ways to upcycle waste plastics in their communities.
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Feature image shows in-process quality assurance system: PrintRite3D. Image via Sigma Additive Solutions.