SLM Solutions Signs Cooperation Agreement with Authentise

The companies plan to integrate production data from additive manufacturing machines with software to help automate process flows.

SLM Solutions Group AG, a supplier of metal-based additive manufacturing technology, has signed a cooperation agreement with Authentise, a U.S.-based provider of software to automate additive manufacturing processes. The cooperation aims to integrate real-time production data from SLM Solutions machines into Authentise’s 3Diax software platform, enabling uses to evaluate data and automate process flows. 

According to Henner Schöneborn, member of the Management Board of SLM Solutions Group AG, this partnership “represents an expansion of our existing Industry 4.0 initiatives and solutions. This collaboration enables our customers to access real-time production data from SLM machines—a capability that's enormously important especially for customers that deploy our machines for series manufacturing of components. With this partnership, we're taking an important step towards the fully automated processing of orders on our machines. Authentise supplements our Additive Hub design software that we developed in-house."

Andre Wegner, Authentise CEO, adds: "This partnership with SLM is an important step to completing the digital thread in additive manufacturing. The direct data access to SLM machines that has now been enabled can be combined with other functionalities of our 3Diax software modules to automate manual tasks. It is possible, for example, to automatically update an order status, or generate documentation that enables finished components to be traced back to source. Our 3Diax platform utilizes data in the sense of a self-learning system. The partnership also makes it easier to integrate SLM machines into SLM Solutions' customers' IT systems, and facilitates the transparent analysis of production data through the 3Diax Machine Analytics module. The partnership with SLM Solutions—a leading supplier of metal-based additive manufacturing technology—is so important because  together can we expand the use of additive manufacturing machines in series production."

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