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Taiwanese Research Institute and Materialise Team Up for the Factory of the Future

The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) in Taiwan has collaborated with additive manufacturing software provider and 3D printing solutions company Materialise on the Factory of the Future.

ITRI has been focused on applied research and technical services for over 40 years and helps industries to stay competitive and sustainable. The institute has also developed their own metal 3D printer that will now incorporate the Materialise Magics 3D Print Suite.

When a company dives into AM, it requires a system that can capture valuable information such as process, machine, material, and sample data so that they can efficiently create links between the different test data, gain deeper insight into the consequences of certain choices and help reveal bottlenecks more quickly and thoroughly. Materialise Streamics software is this kind of AM focused management system and it has a significant impact on the ease of process stabilization and scalability of the AM process. It decreases human labor and error through different software automations such as automatic part labeling, which further increases the efficiency of the process, beneficiary for larger production runs. Materialise Streamics monitors the 3D printing machines and stores all relevant build data in a centralized system, ensuring traceability and enabling repeatable quality.

To increase process control and to make optimal use of ITRI’s scanning technologies, a direct communication between the Materialise Streamics production management system and ITRI’s metal 3D printing machine is established through the Materialise Build Processor. This is a central printing management system that provides a simplified workflow for the user; with the tapossibility to create and assign machine-specific build styles to the parts and platform, as well as slicing and exporting the data to the machine. In addition, it gives the user access to Materialise’s groundbreaking slice-based technology. This slicing software reduces the file size of non-manageable, complex designs and leads to the successful printing of products that could otherwise never have been brought to life without these sophisticated slicing parameters.

Materialise also provides a white paper on how to “unlock the full potential of AM” here.

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