New Link 3D technology simplifies material selection in Additive Manufacturing

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Link3D, an additive manufacturing workflow and additive manufacturing execution system (AMES) specialist located in New York City, has developed an ‘Additive Material Recommendation System’, or AMRS, designed to simplify material selection processes.

Integrated into the existing Link3D industrial 3D printing workflow solution, it will guide engineers in selecting the most appropriate materials based on qualitative and quantitative specifications for production. 

According to a report from McKinsey,  one of the nine major technological limitations organizations face is a ‘lack of design knowledge’ in the ‘Design and Engineering’ stage. Link3D has therefore launched AMRS in order to close the gap for understanding material performance across 1000+ materials and 500+ 3D printers. 

The AMRS tool is an intelligent recommendation system that allows engineers who may be relatively new to additive manufacturing, select a material most fitting for their 3D printing builds through an intuitive filtering system. Engineers with an existing understanding of AM materials can access technical data without having to manually review material manufacturer’s spec sheets. 

Engineers can narrow down material selections by filtering qualitative key characteristics and technical material property ranges. Qualitative features include, for example, rigid, strong, tough, accurate, biocompatible and durable; technical properties refer to such aspects as tensile strength (Mpa), tensile modulus (Gpa), elongation at break (%), material density and hardness.

Link3D developed the system to fulfil a specific customer need, according to Renaud Vasseur, VP of Business Development & Sales at Link3D.

“One of the major recurrent hurdles we’re hearing from our customers is how to accelerate the adoption of additive manufacturing within their own organization,” he said.

With major industries like aerospace, automotive, and medical and industrial sectors expected to account for 51% of the 3D printing market by 2025, it is imperative to have a digital strategy in place that can help save time by reducing administrative overhead across the value chain. The processes involved in additive manufacturing must be simplified to achieve mass adoption within key industries. Intelligent recommendation systems like AMRS will help lower the friction of AM adoption, said Link 3D.

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