More ‘permissive’ AM software

Software provider Authentise has updated its additive manufacturing software to allow for ‘if-this-then-that’ (ITTT) rules.

The company’s new Guideline features are available for users of its aMES 3D printing workflow software, and use machine sensor feedback, geometry features, or quality assurance (QA) measurements to suggest changes in process behavior or parameters.

This could help improve production and make it more sustainable, Authentise suggests.

“[ITTT] rules are not new in robotic process automation but have yet to be used successfully in the manufacturing context beyond basic principles such as quoting,” said Andre Wegner, CEO of Authentise. "They represent a break from more prescriptive tools, such as our workflow generator. This permissive approach makes them the ideal channel to ensure that rules are followed while giving experienced engineers and operators the latitude to make the decisions necessary on a case-by-case basis.”

“Guidelines has the potential to evolve how standards can be accessed and embedded in manufacturing processes with increased accessibility,” said Dr Martin White, head of AM at standards organization ASTM, which helped develop the software. “Not only does this have the potential to ensure greater compliance but doing so in a digital framework allows our partners to potentially reduce audit costs too.”