Desktop Metal Launches Workflow Management System

Desktop Metal’s Fab Flow is a customizable prototype ordering and workflow management system for internal additive fabrication shops.

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Desktop Metal has launched Fab Flow, a fully integrated prototype ordering and workflow management system for internal additive fabrication shops. The customizable tool is designed to help shop managers increase efficiency, visibility and control over their workflows, and enable design engineers to manage 3D design communication and track the graphical version of parts.

According to the company, Fab Flow provides an all-in-one, secure solution designed to help accelerate 3D printing and eliminate the slow and error-prone manual process of traditional prototype ordering.

Building on the beta version of the software, Fab Flow enables managers to improve operations across the shop floor, identifying underutilized machines and spotting backlogs before they build up. Shops can also provide customers with a simple ordering interface, which reflects the shop’s equipment, technologies and processes. This enables more accurate price quoting, automated printability analysis and delivery estimates for ordered parts, the company says. What’s more, design engineers can communicate, iterate and track the progress of their parts in real time, which means they always know where their part is in the process.

Fab Flow features include:

  • Customizable shop configuration and ordering interface
  • Instant and comprehensive price quoting
  • Live job tracking and updates
  • Automated printability analysis
  • Interactive 3D model viewer for designers
  • Contextualized design communication

Fab Flow can be used across both metal and plastic 3D printing systems.

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