Authentise has made a business out of helping 3D printing leaders continue to stay on top of their own games with a range of products and services, from tools offering streaming while protecting intellectual property to valuable tips from experts showing us how to print more successfully, avoiding those epic, day-ruining failures. For those involved in the industry of 3D printing as well as the actual innovating with new products, Authentise spans the gamut in allowing businesses and individuals to excel.
From their headquarters in California, Authentise released 3DIAX last year, allowing businesses to look forward to enhanced 3D printing with progressive tools, but also offering better security and storage. Now, Authentise comes forth with a new tool that lets you automatically monitor prints currently in action, as well as identifying key performance indicators from the technology to production phase. This new release, 3Diax Machine Analytics, will continue to build on the successful modular process automation platform of 3Diax, but functions as the first off-the-shelf component for allowing monitoring of all 3D printing and additive manufacturing devices at the same time, no matter the make and model.
On either a dashboard or API, 3Diax Machine Analytics shows crucial information like machine utilization and material usage, allowing customers to recognize devices as well as eliminating waste of material as they are able to pinpoint inefficient use of machines or locate material caches that might be only half-used.
“You can’t improve what you can’t measure,” says Andre Wegner, CEO of Authentise and Digital Manufacturing faculty at Singularity University. “Manufacturers and service providers who want to drive additive manufacturing to production scale know that they need operational transparency in real-time. 3Diax Machine Analytics provides it, but it’s just a start – using 3Diax’s other modules to build on the data enables measurable efficiency gain.”
The company has designed this new part of 3Diax with a key element that offers extensibility with corporate IT systems, using Authentise’s open APIs or other parts of the 3Diax platform. With a keen eye on monitoring and measuring, the goal is to be able to use the production data gleaned efficiently. In doing so, users are able to take advantage of benefits such as:
- More accurate quotes
- Automatic distribution of prints
- More efficient material inventory management
“As the industry overcomes hardware, design and material challenges to identify more and more disruptive use cases for additive, the volumes rise exponentially,” continues Wegner. “Current processes and software solutions are just not ready for that. 3Diax provides a modular solution that integrates and augments existing processes to address discrete automation challenges one-by-one rather than ripping and replacing the whole system.”
Available either as a cloud-based platform or a solution that can be installed locally, 3Diax Machine Analytics is currently still in the beta testing phase, although numerous modules have been released publicly—and you can find out more about them at 3Diax.
Based at the NASA Research Park campus in Mountain View, CA with headquarters in Sandy, Utah as well, Authentise (founded in 2012) specializes in modular process automation solutions for the 3D printing industry. The 3Diax platform is in use by leaders within the additive manufacturing industry, including several Fortune 100 companies. Discuss further over in the 3Diax Machine Analytics forum at 3DPB.com.