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Hexagon acquires 3D Printer Software Developer CADS Additive

Swedish software company Hexagon AB has completed the acquisition of CADS Additive GmbH. CADS Additive is a provider of specialized software for metal additive manufacturing.

3D printing gives manufacturers greater design freedom and the potential to reduce waste and increase flexibility. CADS Additive optimizes 3D printing on powder bed fusion (PBF) machines, assists in converting design files into print instructions, and thus improves productivity.

CADS Additive has partnered with Hexagon since 2021, combining its build preparation and support structure creation capabilities with Hexagon’s Simufact Additive. Together, they will further optimize workflows and enable users to customize their 3D prints.

CADS Additive’s AM Studio software is already connected to Hexagon’s Nexus digital reality platform. This combination will complete Hexagon’s AM workflow.

“Our investments reflect the growing importance of additive
manufacturing, which has huge potential but has been held back by a  fragmented ecosystem that means manufacturers are not getting the  results they need fast enough. The acquisition of CADS Additive enables  us to provide our customers with integrated tools that empower  manufacturing teams to reduce waste and increase efficiency as they move from prototyping to production,” said Hexagon President and CEO Paolo  Guglielmini.

“Opening up the Nexus platform to our ecosystem partners  and providing building blocks like CADS Additive helps customers improve their processes throughout the manufacturing value chain and realise the potential of industrial additive manufacturing.”

CADS Additive GmbH was founded in 2016 and will function as part of Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence business unit. The acquisition will not have a material impact on Hexagon’s results.

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