3DPrint.com is attending formnext 2017 in Frankfurt this week, bringing you all of the latest business and product announcements about the 3D printing industry’s movers and shakers right from the very busy showroom floor. Belgium-based Materialise, which is introducing the Magics 22 version of its 3D printing data preparation software at formnext, announced that it has signed an agreement with leading business process services company SYNNEX Corporation – the two will work together to deliver a complete package for large-scale 3D printing operations.
“This partnership is a win for the 3D printing industry in making technology easier to acquire for manufacturers. SYNNEX customers will now have easy access to Materialise’s software, the backbone of the industry, to optimize their 3D printing operations,” said Bryan Crutchfield, Vice President and General Manager Materialise North America. “The agreement will also streamline the sales process for customers seeking to purchase a complete 3D printing solution for their manufacturing needs.”
SYNNEX is a Fortune 500 company, and provides a wide range of distribution, logistics, and integration services to the technology industry; it’s also the exclusive distributor for HP’s Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing solution for the US and Canada. Its new agreement with Materialise will allow SYNNEX to sell a Materialise software and HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D printer bundle. An all-in-one solution like this will obviously offer significant benefits to end users, who will be able to fully control their 3D printing process all the way from data preparation to 3D printed parts.
In addition, customers will also have access to the Materialise HP Build Processor, which integrates HP’s Jet Fusion 3D printer and the Materialise Magics suite.
Scott Barker, Senior Vice President, PRINTSolv Wide Format, SYNNEX Corporation, said, “This strategic relationship with Materialise allows SYNNEX to provide the critical production software element for our authorized HP 3D Multi Jet Fusion resellers, making SYNNEX the complete solutions provider in high-growth additive 3D print markets. SYNNEX is excited to join with Materialise in solving the 3D printing puzzle for resellers ready to capitalize on additive 3D print solutions for manufacturing and production.”
Its agreement with SYNNEX isn’t the only business news Materialise is sharing at formnext this week – the company has also announced an OEM license agreement with MSC software company Simufact Engineering GmbH, one of the top providers of metal AM process simulation software. Thanks to the collaboration, Materialise Magics users will enjoy more control over the pre-build process by using Simufact simulations in a data preparation environment they’re already familiar with.
“Quality control is currently one of the most important challenges to meet the demanding requirements of our customers. Our Inspector software already provides control during and after the build process and now Magics users will be able to predict errors before production,” said Stefaan Motte, Vice President of Software at Materialise. “We are very confident that the combination of our well-established Magics software with proven simulation technology from a market leader like Simufact will offer competitive simulation-driven solutions to the AM market.”
Development costs and time to market can both be reduced by using process simulation software, as it decreases the number of development prototypes; however, it’s very complex to conduct simulations that predict AM processes. But by combining the expertise of both Materialise and Simufact, Magics users who want to apply simulation will now have a more straightforward metal AM workflow; additionally, the support structures found in the scalable Simufact Additive software will also be represented with features from Magics.
“Support structure generation is a standard process in the AM build preparation workflow, and Magics software is a market-leading tool for this purpose. When it comes to optimizing the build process based on simulation results, the support structure plays a significant role in achieving first-time-right print results,” explained Dr. Hendrik Schafstall, Simufact Engineering CTO. “Our customers will benefit from Materialise’s leading representation of support structures integrated in Simufact Additive, further strengthening our simulation process chain.”
Yesterday, Motte and Simufact CEO Michael Wohlmuth held a press conference at formnext to answer questions about their collaboration. The latest version of Simufact Additive is also being showcased at formnext this week at Booth F27 in Hall 3.0, and you can take a look at Simufact’s presentations agenda at Materialise Booth C48 in Hall 3.0, or book a demo session here.
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