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SLM Solutions establishes partnership with software developer Authentise

26/01/2018

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Metal additive manufacturing company, SLM Solutions has signed a cooperation agreement with Authentise, a software solution developer.

The partnership between the two will aim to integrate real-time production data from SLM Solutions machines into Authentise’s 3Diax software platform. This is set to enable users of SLM Solutions hardware to evaluate and analyse production data in real time and automate process flows.

Authentise is a US-based software company, whose solutions facilitate the use of additive manufacturing for production purposes. Its 3Diax Modular Platform offers flexibility, allowing users to automate existing work processes, and ultimately reduce costs and time-to-market.

By aligning with Authentise, SLM Solutions hopes its customers will be able to expand additive manufacturing capacities, benefiting from greater efficiency, transparency and part quality.

“We’re very pleased with this partnership with Authentise, as it represents an expansion of our existing Industry 4.0 initiatives and solutions,” said Henner Schoneborn, member of the Management Board of SLM Solutions Group AG. “This collaboration enables our customers to access real-time production data from SLM machines – a capability that’s enormously important, especially for customers that deploy our machines for series manufacturing of components. With this partnership, we’re taking an important step towards the fully automated processing of orders on our machines. Authentise supplements our Additive hub design software that we developed in-house.”

Andre Wegner, Authentise CEO added: “This partnership with SLM is an important step to completing the digital thread in additive manufacturing. The direct data access to SLM machines that has now been enabled can be combined with other functionalities of our 3Diax software modules to automate manual tasks. It is possible, for example, to automatically update an order status, or generate documentation that enables finished components to be traced back to source. Our 3Diax platform utilises data in the sense of a self-learning system. The partnership also makes it easier to integrate SLM machines into SLM Solutions’ customers’ IT systems, and facilitates the transparent analysis of production data through the 3Diax Machine Analytics module. Together, we can expand the use of additive manufacturing machines in series production.”

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