Following a burgeoning demand for integrated software as a service (SaaS) platforms, New York’s LINK3D has launched its Digital Factory solution for additive manufacturing automation.
The service connects all key parts of the additive workflow, from initial drafting through to end production. Such systems have become an invaluable part of companies seeking to stay ahead of the curve on Industry 4.0.
Globally linked to industry
In the Digital Factory, 3D printing jobs are either sent as quote requests (RFQs) to internal manufacturing facilities, or to external providers, selected by location and 3D printing method.
If outsourced, the platform makes use of LINK3D’s On Demand database – listing over 160 service bureaus such as EOS and 3D Systems in 32 countries around the world. Files sent to this platform are also protected by military grade 256-Bit Encryption to ensure no loss of IP.
Once confirmed, the parts can then be scheduled for production, and followed in the platform for delivery.
Smarter part inventories
Orders are retained in the system as a digital part inventory for easy re-order and re-bid of parts.
Integrating CAD sofware and 3D model viewing into the software, connected team members can add comments to a part’s design for real-time, wireless collaboration.
The system also has an integrated file verification process with auto-repair functionality, crunching polygons, filling holes and reducing the risk of part failure.
Tried and tested
According to Osteogen CEO Dr. Paul Smirthwaite, an early adopter of the software in veterinary, “The Digital Factory has greatly simplified my 3D workflow by bringing all the resources together within a secure online platform.”
“I’ve found so many new manufacturers who have met my requirements for speed, quality, and cost.”
LINK3D announced the release of the Digital Factory at TCT 2017.
Prices of the platform vary depending upon operational need.
Featured image shows the LINK3D Digital Factory additive manufacturing ecosystem. Image via LINK3D