USA-based LINK3D has announced the launch of its Digital Factory software as a service (SaaS) platform for automation of the additive manufacturing (AM) workflow.
Digital Factory is aimed at engineering companies across a number of industries, including aerospace, automotive, defense and medical. It enables the user to create a virtual digital factory for managing their 3D printing process in real-time, with the objective of ‘bringing accessibility, automation, security and traceability to every connecting point’ in that process.
LINK3D realized that many companies implementing AM encounter serious issues in terms of decentralization, disconnected silos and manual processes, which hinder its efficiency and full-scale adoption. This is said to have been the motivation behind Digital Factory's development.
The platform’s features include: a project collaboration tool; an application program interface (API) for internal and certified vendors; an automated file verification and repair tool; intelligent order routing; and assisted or automatic pricing simulation.
Digital Factory simplifies workflows by bringing all resources together in one secure online platform. LINK3D anticipates that as AM continues to gain momentum, tools like Digital Factory will become crucial for large companies to effectively design and produce 3D printed parts.
LINK3D is debuting Digital Factory at TCT Show, in Birmingham, UK, on September 26-28, 2017.