Stratasys Ltd. a provider of polymer 3D printing solutions, introduced the GrabCAD Additive Manufacturing Platform. The company claims it is an open and enterprise-ready software platform that enables manufacturers to manage production-scale additive manufacturing operations.
Additive manufacturing systems are increasingly being considered for volume production of end-use parts. However, 3D printing at production scale also requires new software-driven operational capabilities, such as the ability to manage a large number of 3D printers across multiple locations, monitor output quality, automate materials management, and integrate within the broader enterprise, according to Stratasys. Traditional manufacturing solutions are not designed for additive workflows, which are digitally native, highly elastic and location independent.
Stratasys’ claims its platform is specifically designed for the unique needs of additive manufacturing across the entire digital thread – from design through production – while also integrating with Industry 4.0 infrastructure and enterprise applications.
Research firm SmarTech Analysis has projected that the total global additive manufacturing software market will reach $3.3 billion by 2026, up from less than $500 million in 2020 as the overall additive manufacturing market continues to scale. The new platform may provide Stratasys with the opportunity to strengthen its leadership position in the additive manufacturing industry.
The GrabCAD Additive Manufacturing Platform integrates GrabCAD applications and third-party GrabCAD Software Partners via the GrabCAD Software Development Kit (SDK). It enables two-way connectivity between 3D printers, additive manufacturing and enterprise applications, and broader Industry 4.0 infrastructure. Stratasys said that GrabCAD applications in the platform include:
In addition to Stratasys’ own GrabCAD applications, the platform is open to any software vendor that meets requirements such as references and performance testing, via an SDK licensing fee. Stratasys said it has added a dozen partners since the beginning of 2021 including AMFG, Teton Simulation and Link3D. As of October 2021, the GrabCAD AM Platform consists of more than 38,000 application users, 20,000 3D printers, and 3,000 workflow users. The platform processes 35 gigabytes of data streams per day and is supported by a global team of more than 100 developers.
To learn more about the GrabCAD Additive Manufacturing Platform, visit www.grabcad.com.
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