AMFG is to collaborate with HP to enable data streaming and connectivity for HP Multi Jet Fusion systems through AMFG’s Manufacturing Execution System (MES) software.
The collaboration aims to solve one of the biggest barriers to what AMFG sees as unlocking the full potential of additive manufacturing: The lack of connectivity across the AM workflow.
AMFG and HP have taken steps to address this by enabling the integration of HP 3D Application Programming Interface (API) with AMFG’s MES software.
Users of HP Jet Fusion systems like the Jet Fusion 5200 Series, will be able to connect directly with their systems through AMFG’s software, track production status and receive critical alerts and information in real time.
AMFG say that the integration will help to establish a ‘seamless transfer’ of data at every stage of AM production, facilitating greater process reliability and quality control.
By accessing real-time solution data, including system utilisation, failure rate, and processing parameters, HP Jet Fusion users could be more clearly able to understand AM operational performance and optimise processes to drive production efficiency.
“Companies must comply with stringent quality assurance and repeatability requirements if they want to use AM in production. One thing helping companies meet these requirements is machine connectivity,” said AMFG VP growth and innovation Danny Winn.
“With their strategy around API’s, HP have read the needs of the AM industry perfectly.
“It’s been an honour for AMFG to partner with HP and be the first additive MES to integrate fully with HP 3D printers,” Winn concluded.
Ryan Palmer, global head of software, data and automation, at HP personalization [sic] & industrial business, added:
“Efficient connectivity and easy access to systems data is key to accelerating the journey towards digital AM production.
“We’re excited to partner with AMFG to help our customers bring more control, automation and visibility into their AM operations.”