Wall thickness analysis and part nesting in SelectAM’s automated part identification software | FR: Analyse de l'épaisseur des parois et imbrication des pièces dans le logiciel d'identification automatique des pièces de SelectAM - Image via SelectAM.

The identification of 3D printable parts from digital inventory often slows down the manufacturing process due to the lack of dedicated software tool. To address this issue, Finnish AM software company SelectAM has been working on the development of a software solution called “Identify”.

As its name implies, it will aim to find suitable and economically viable use cases that have been a real roadblock and de-motivator for companies and engineers looking into the world of AM. According to the company, there is only a small percentage of the parts that run through the process appears as a viable business case as they are today.

The software’s algorithm is tackling knowledge gaps and blocks. “We do it completely technology agnostic and securely in our web app (data saved only locally in your browser). We aim to help engineers, OEMs, design agencies, and R&D departments alike to validate and estimate which parts would make good candidates for AM and assisting them with the best selection of the applied AM technology. We have heavily focused on embedding features like nesting, slicing, automated material mapping, and AM-process selection – which makes the business case calculations accurate and realistic. Also, if you have already 3D printers in-house, those can be embedded into the digital workflow to fine tune outcomes”, the company says.

The main features of this software solution include:
– Embedded rapid slicer for all relevant AM processes
– Automated material mapping between conventional and AM materials
– Varying nesting strategies to optimize machine utilization
– Assess both single parts and assemblies, check on their redesign potential
– Establish your own machine and material equipment profile
– Surface roughness & tolerances
– Support of a wider range of input file CAD and data sheet formats


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