Software company Castor and 3D printer manufacturer Ultimaker have launched a new integration between Castor’s part screening software and Ultimaker’s Digital Factory.
With the new integration users will be able to scan all their parts at once, estimate the printability of the parts, calculate costs and lead times and finally produce their parts directly.
Castor’s part screening software is used in the initial step of the process, which consist in finding the parts that are technically and economically convenient to 3D print, analysing CAD files and adapting them to AM.
Users will then be able to export those files straight to their in-house Ultimaker 3D printer, which should save them time, and make the workflow seamless and simple, the two companies have stated.
“The integration of Castor with Ultimaker’s Platform allows users to directly export parts from Castor to the Ultimaker Digital Factory and seamlessly complete the process of 3D printing in-house,” said the chief technology officer at Ultimaker Miguel Calvo.
“The connectivity saves effort, complexity and time spent switching between tools, streamlining the whole process and bringing it all under one roof. Our cooperation with the Castor team helps organisations unlock the potential of 3D printing in-house with immediate benefit.”
Established in 2011 and based in the Netherlands, Ultimaker produces FDM 3D printers, develops 3D printing software and sells materials for AM.
Castor is an Israeli software company founded in 2017, that aims at identifying the possible applications of 3D printing for manufacturers to help them reduce costs and times of production.
“This is great news for Ultimaker printer users, which now have a tool to help them find new business cases and discover opportunities to save costs with their existing hardware,” commented Castor CEO Omer Blaier about the integration with Ultimaker.
“We are proud to have developed the capabilities which allow us to integrate Castor to leading AM companies and workflow software, and we look forward to more collaborations that will help streamline the utilization of 3D printing benefits.”