Hexagon Software Suite Enables Shop Floors to Industrialize Additive Manufacturing – Metrology and Quality News

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division recently announced a new software package designed to support industrial-scale manufacturers’ adoption of additive manufacturing (AM) by bringing scalability, reliability and repeatability to their AM operations.

The software suite, called ‘HxGN Additive Manufacturing Suite’, is built on Hexagon’s deep experience in AM and machine shop manufacturing. Bringing together four of Hexagon’s best software tools in one place, the suite will drive operational excellence in machine shops and 3D printing service agencies by:

➤ Enable manufacturers to efficiently design parts, reverse engineer products, and perform CAD-independent model preparation in DESIGNER, Hexagon’s manufacturing CAD solution

➤ Enables build preparation for any Metal Powder Bed Fusion (PBF) AM printer with highly efficient support structures and best-in-class segments and hatches with AM STUDIO

➤ Helping manufacturers quickly estimate costs, identify production issues, and optimize workflows, print strategies, and build orientation in Simufact Additive, ensuring the manufacturing process is refined early in the product lifecycle

➤Ensure post-process CNC machining of metal AM parts is highly optimized, accurate and efficient with Hexagon’s ESPRIT EDGE, which uses artificial intelligence and is powered by digital twin technology

Today, performing AM on an industrial scale is hampered by a complex array of tools that are incompatible with each other, making it difficult for manufacturers to scale and repeat processes globally. Furthermore, existing solutions on the market have a prototyping focus and are often complex and expensive, limiting adoption for production applications.

HxGN Additive Manufacturing Suite solves this problem. As a production-oriented, high-performance 3D printing software solution that is machine independent and CAD agnostic, it brings flexibility and repeatability to the shop floor, without having to purchase individual tools from multiple vendors or being forced to use software tied to specific machines. Hexagon’s new suite can be used with existing CAD software, metal powder bed fusion printers (PBF) and CNC finishing machines, speeding up production processes and reducing costs.

The suite also enables manufacturers to collaborate and automate workflows and share best practices using Nexus, Hexagon’s open digital reality platform, designed to help manufacturers accelerate innovation and ideas faster than ever before to bring to life.

Chuck Mathews, general manager of manufacturing software at Hexagon said: “Additive manufacturing is a technology that is on the cusp of industrial adoption and ready to be scaled up and used to produce high-quality parts for critical applications across a range of industries. This new suite provides manufacturers with the capabilities and tools to increase the use of additive technologies through streamlined workflows that deliver efficiency, scalability and reliability to the AM process. Manufacturers can now build with AM on time, on budget and at scale thanks to Hexagon’s Additive Manufacturing Suite.”

Parth Joshi, Chief Product and Technology Officer at Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division, said: “The demand for additive manufacturing to scale is there, but manufacturers must be able to automate time-consuming processes and virtually optimize production before parts are built. This new suite perfectly complements Hexagon’s extensive additive manufacturing portfolio, and support for other AM technologies will be added in the future as we continue to strengthen operational excellence in AM in industries from medical to aerospace and beyond .”

For more information: www.hexagon.com

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