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Prodways look to Oqton to automate additive manufacturing

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Prodways has announced it is to integrate Oqton additive manufacturing software into its 3D printing systems as it aims to improve end-to-end control of the manufacturing process.

As we’ve previously covered, Oqton’s software is powered by AI algorithms that allow the system to learn continuously, improving efficiency and quality throughout the manufacturing chain.

Its learning means it is also able to predict how machines will behave, anticipate, and identify malfunctions, and fine-tune future applications accordingly.

Prodways CEO Alban d’Halluin, explained: “Adding Oqton means our customers now have a comprehensive and intuitive one-stop platform that gives them a complete overview of the production chain and machinery.

“Our aim is for customers to manage their 3D production easily and with maximum flexibility. The Covid crisis has made this all the more essential, now that working from home is on the rise and people need to access data and assets from wherever they are.

“Oqton is hosted on the cloud, which makes it the ideal solution as customers can interact with Prodways machines from anywhere at any time.”

Prodways views the ability to automate workflows using Oqton software as highly beneficial, citing significant reductions in human error, greater machine productivity and considerable time-savings.

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Time taken up by the nesting stage, where 3D models are intelligently grouped in order to streamline manufacturing and use of space, has been reportedly cut six-fold, from an average hour to 10 minutes in Oqton’s testing.

Oqton CEO Ben Schrauwen, said: “We are delighted to be working with Prodways and offering them a new approach to managing 3D manufacturing processes. With our solution, Prodways customers should see immediate gains in production efficiency and quality.

“This deep and far-reaching integration of our software into the Prodways range is unique in the industry and an illustration of how this is a win-win relationship.”