New PostProcess Platform Eases Automated Post-Processing and Connects to Full AM Production Process

April 6, 2022


PostProcess-Connect3DAt AMUG…PostProcess Technologies has released its Connect3D additive manufacturing (AM) platform, designed to more easily automate post-processing and connect to a user’s full AM production system. The platform, available as an annual subscription service, is the latest addition to the company’s full-stack solution of hardware, chemistry and software, and complements PostProcess’ current AutoMat3D software application. 

Connect3D addresses long-standing gaps in the post-printing market, according to company officials, and applies artificial-intelligence and IoT capabilities to automatically generate optimized recipes for unique, part-specific requirements.

The platform reportedly integrates with factory automation systems to support initiatives that automate lights-out manufacturing for high-scale part production. Its open-architecture design includes public APIs to unify the additive digital thread and interoperate with third-party software applications across the additive workflow, such as MES solutions, print management software and CAD applications.

Reported Connect3D features include:

  • Intuitive presentation of alerts and alarms for real-time operations management and access to historical information
  • Planning and scheduling features for efficient operation  
  • Remote monitoring for anytime-anywhere visibility to system status and supervisory management and control 
  • Notification services over text or email
  • Enterprise-grade features such as role-based user administration, efficient license management and robust security.

“Connect3D sets the stage for the industry’s next step-function advancement in AM,” says Rich Caplow, PostProcess vice president of product. “Today in AM, data are captured and connected in the design and printing phases, but the digital thread for a 3D part is cut off prior to its final finished stage. Connect3D links the finishing, or post-printing stage, to the part’s digital thread to unify the complete workflow.”

Industry-Related Terms: Additive manufacturing, Post-processing
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See also: PostProcess Technologies

Technologies: Post Processing

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