Evonik’s first 3D printing software aims to be accessible for all industries

Being given the possibility to decide if and how to apply 3D Printing: Evonik is making this dream a reality with the launch of its 3D screener, a new software tool for 3D printing.

Developed by Castor, an Israeli start-up in which Evonik’s Venture Capital invested in late 2019, Evonik’ first software tool for 3D printing would help operators save costs by choosing the right additive manufacturing process depending on geometry, material and financial analysis of the part being designed.

Castor delivers a technology that evaluates a part’s printability, recommends the ideal material and estimates costs and lead time.

The start-up’s software is complementary to computer-aided design (CAD) solutions and customers can analyse their existing CAD files of large assemblies or of many single parts, simultaneously. More specifically, the software performs a comprehensive technical and economic analysis which results in a simple report showing the break-even point for additive manufacturing versus traditional manufacturing methods. This allows manufacturers to decide whether to prefer 3D printing over traditional manufacturing methods and empowers engineers to identify parts which can be defined as the “lower hanging fruits,” leading therefore to cost reduction and time savings.

Furthermore, Evonik’s expertise in 3D printing materials helped Castor to establish the software as a platform accessible for all industries. Customers can quickly identify parts that could be printed with materials such as high-performance polymer powders and filaments.

 “With the software, broader adoption of 3D printing at a commercial scale is now possible,” said Thomas Große-Puppendahl, head of the innovation growth field additive manufacturing at Evonik. “That will offer us better insights into customer needs and preferences in order to develop new “ready-to-use” materials.”

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