Two years ago, Authentise, which provides process automation software for additive manufacturing, introduced its 3Diax API platform, which ensures that businesses can use tools to enhance their 3D printing projects and are able to use an innovative application platform that comes with safe storage facilities online. The company has been busy – exactly one year ago, Authentise released its 3Diax Machine Analytics, shortly followed by the release of its Manufacturing Execution System.

Today, Authentise is announcing its Geometric Search module and a new digital distribution partnership with Siemens PLM Software, which will make the new module more accessible.

“Geometric Search is one of our most versatile modules: there are so many situations – from design to post-production – that it can be used in,” Andre Wegner, the CEO of Authentise, told 3DPrint.com.

“We think that leads to it being a fundamental ‘glue’ between the different workflow steps that are (sadly) still required to make additive production a scalable reality. The beginning of this technology has been languishing largely unused as part of larger PLM deployments (read: not flexible, easy to use or priced appropriately), so we’re proud to be the first ever to unlock it for all.”

Each of the Authentise modules has multiple providers, and users will be able to find the right solution, with a standard format and streamlined payment process, for each use case. The partnership will make shape search technology as a whole more widely available to the digital manufacturing industry, as Geometric Search will be embedded directly with Siemens PLM’s own shape search technology, Geolus Search, in 3Diax. The module that results from this combination will make it easy to add shape search to integrated, customized workflows which Authentise notes “stretch across the digital thread from design to production.”

“Siemens PLM Software is committed to creating partnerships that enhance the experience of end-users,” said Evan Knuttila, Vice President Global Sales -PLM Components, Siemens PLM Software.

The Geometric Search module identifies associated parts based on geometric similarities. It provides the digital thread with more tools, and gives users a smarter, more secure method of CAD archival. The integrated workflows previously mentioned will definitely benefit, as knowledge that centers around designs, like material choices and intellectual property (IP) rights, can be found using geometry and not keywords.

The new 3Diax module featuring Geolus software from Siemens PLM allows customers to find designs similar to highly classified internal ones, so that they can externally share them to get a quote, or, to allow for further communication and transparency, review the design. The module also helps keep companies safe from scanning any parts against blacklists, which is a breach of IP regulations, and saves on design process time by helping to decide additive manufacturing candidate designs, along with recognizing designs that have similar compensation models and parameters.

Wegner said, “We are delighted to be working with Siemens to extend our offering. We partner with a variety of companies to increase both the breadth and depth of modules on 3Diax. It is great to see that even more established players see an opportunity in working with 3Diax to give those customers pursuing advanced process automation the tools in the format they need.”

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