Software start-up Thrinno has launched Fast Quote, a software product that enables metal additive manufacturing service providers to offer quick, professional quotations with visual design feedback for clients. According to the developer, the software helps to reduce indirect feedback costs associated with checks for quality, printability, powder usage and other AM considerations, and is capable of supplyling a fast, accurate price for a model.
Users go through four steps within Fast Quote. First, the user makes a profile of printing specs. Then, the model is imported and different algorithms are applied, including algorighms that detect the amount of support, surfaces to be finished and thermal stresses. Based on these results and a chosen set of quality parameters, a price and quality score are calcualted for different orientations, taking into account the occupation rate on the build plate. A provided tool helps users select the optimal orientation. Finally, a quotation is generated with visual feedback.