The world of 3D printing is an environment where “global” is almost equal to “local”. Companies are reinventing manufacturing processes by facilitating the access to their use wherever the country of their client is.
Onshape and BMF Material Technology illustrate this situation today. The specialist of micro/nano-scale 3D printing will exploit Onshape’s 3D cloud CAD platform to accelerate collaboration and communication with its customers. With the help of the platform, they will be able to better optimize their CAD models for the most accurate printed parts.
For those who do not know, micro/nano-scale 3D printing enables to manufacture extremely small and complex parts such as connectors, endoscopes, cardiac stents and tiny springs.
“On a daily basis, there are companies all over the world – throughout Asia, Europe and the United States – contacting us for printing small parts with our nanoArch® printers,” says BMF’s CEO, Dr. Xiaoning He. “Before using Onshape, we had to email CAD files back and forth with our customers. But now we can have our team in China and our customers overseas work together on the same model at the same time. It has really improved our efficiency and speed, and Onshape is the only CAD system that can deliver this capability.”
According to Dr. Xiaoning He, the platform speeds up the learning curve for our customers. Indeed, the CAD system combines advanced 3D modeling tools with design data management in a secure cloud workspace. Its unique database architecture eliminates the security risk and version control problems created by uncontrolled file copies – because only one master copy of the CAD data is stored in the cloud, accessible only by different levels of permissions (edit, view-only, commenting, etc.)
“Onshape gives BMF customers the confidence that their intellectual property is safe. You can’t put a price on that,” says He. “Our customers also appreciate having immediate access to their designs. I just have to add their emails to our account and there is no delay. Onshape helps us collaborate in a very fast and convenient way.”
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