Remote 3D printing is a mode of fabrication that has first been popularized across makers who leverage 3D printers at home. In an industrial setting, this mode of fabrication is not very common yet as everything happens on a larger scale here – therefore implies a lot of concerns.
Machine manufacturer SLM Solutions will now enable its customers to experience it as the company enters a partnership with software provider Assembrix. The latter developed a cloud-based platform that virtualizes 3D industrial printing. Its Virtual Manufacturing Space platform (“VMS”) enables a simpler, more efficient, and secured production process by overseeing the entire additive manufacturing thread, from the initial part model to the verified physical part and beyond.
The company has played a relevant role in the project that ambitions to achieve a secure and transparent distributed additive manufacturing (AM) supply-chain model. The partnership with SLM Solutions today confirms the successful integration of the Assembrix VMS™ software with SLM Solutions machines across the globe.
This means, the Assembrix VMS™ platform will now enable remote printing on SLM machines while maintaining the highest security standards so that OEMs can work remotely and still have complete ownership of the fully automated printing process. A real-time data feed keeps customers updated on the printing status, while advanced encryption technology ensures IP protection, the company explains in a press release.
Lior Polak, CEO of Assembrix, comments: “We are excited to partner with SLM Solutions and offer our clients an end-to-end solution for secured distributed additive manufacturing that works seamlessly with SLM Solutions’ 3D printers. The need to remotely control the additive manufacturing process with both existing and new suppliers is rapidly growing by manufacturers from multiple industries and locations. With Assembrix’s powerful platform, SLM Solutions can create groundbreaking business opportunities for customers and other key players in the additive manufacturing industry.”
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