ADK Additive Manufacturing Production HUB

The future of additive is production. We’re here to fulfill that promise.

Additive manufacturing can forever change how products are imagined, produced, and reach the customer. It’s time software enables repeatable, traceable, and scalable  additive production.

Production Overview

Pillars To Production Success

There are two key pillars to production success: Traceability, and Repeatable Quality. Legacy AM has struggled to scale to production due to a number of issues with compliance with these two pillars.

  • Available materials (new materials, multi-material)
  • Printable parts (small features, thin walls etc.)
  • Quality of parts (material homogeneity, surface profile)
  • Whether or not the process requires aids such as supports
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Pillar 1

Traceability

Just about every part put into production requires some form of serialization or part marking to reconstruct life cycle from provenance. AM and its ability to make every individual part unique holds immense power in bringing new levels of traceability to manufacturers. Imagine the reduction in liability exposure of an automaker, and their ability to save millions of dollars in recall costs, as they individually identify the single failed electrical connector and trace it back to a specific lot/batch rather than  issuing blanket recalls.

Unfortunately, today’s legacy AM software offers only crude, manual methods (if any) for adding traceability.

Dyndrite provides:

  • Labels, serializing, part marking, and even QR code application. Technicians no longer need to manually and tediously specify the contents and location of these types of tags. And that means they’re no longer  compelled to skip this step all together because of the overwhelming workload.
  • Manufacturing travelers. To understand and follow a part through the entire manufacturing process one needs Manufacturing Travelers, documents that provide a build pedigree. Today, most documents are manually created, on a build-by-build basis, instead of being auto generated. These documents tend to query and catalog similar information. For example, a user may automatically track the center of mass of each part in the coordinate system of the machine and tie it to a specific printhead or laser tool.
  • Tracking outputs. Measuring outputs from the build, whether the key dimensions of a part or the physical properties of tensile specimens/powders, output tracking is not only crucial to understanding the characteristics of your parts, but helps maintain traceability for the purposes of repeatable quality. All of these measurements must also be tracked and recorded in a manufacturing process. For more insight into the build qualification and calibration process, visit our Process Qualification & Calibration page.

These three capabilities remove barriers and friction to traceability by automating once manual processes. To scale a production process to thousands, if not millions of parts, users cannot, for example, be expected to click and manually type numbers into a dialog box, or use a simple CSV. Serializing parts must be a fast, flexible, and automated process. It must be taken into consideration starting from the design and integrated with a database, be it a spreadsheet or full-blown MES or ERP solution.

  • Available materials (new materials, multi-material)
  • Printable parts (small features, thin walls etc.)
  • Quality of parts (material homogeneity, surface profile)
  • Whether or not the process requires aids such as supports
Pillar 2

Repeatable Quality

Manufacturers require processes that work job after job. Unfortunately, any AM technician today can attest to the variability of the process which makes repeatable quality extremely difficult or nearly impossible. The following are some examples of what technicians face:

  • Each print/build setup process starts manually from square one. Technicians rarely reuse any prior work and must resolve the same issues over and over again. On top of this, each technician sets up build jobs differently and introduces variability into the manufacturing process.
  • Parts must be oriented, nested, supported, and sliced in the same way every time. Due to the lack of reuse of prior work, subsequent builds also come with their own form of variability.
  • Builds typically start with an STL input, a linear surface tessellation approximation of native CAD data. STLs are a fundamental flaw in the AM process. STL repair is so common that entire companies have grown up with this as their primary value proposition. While tolerable for prototyping, or one offs, the moment a manufacturer has to stop and fix something pathological, it's no longer a repeatable or automatable process. Additionally, manually selecting triangles to assign parameters, or supports not only wastes time, but makes things even less repeatable.
  • AM machines, even those of the same model, operate slightly differently, almost like a fingerprint. Users need a way to address this variability, modifying toolpaths to make it possible to maintain consistent quality even between the same types of machines. A process can only begin to be considered a production process if you have about 5-10 machines in use and have six sigma compliance across those machines. If each of those 5-10 machines  deliver a difference in part size, quality, and tolerance, then you end up with an extremely costly number of issues to solve.

Variable quality is a non-starter when considering production. Engineers and technicians need software tools that eliminate manual operations and file repair, address machine variability, while enabling automation through abstraction.

  • Available materials (new materials, multi-material)
  • Printable parts (small features, thin walls etc.)
  • Quality of parts (material homogeneity, surface profile)
  • Whether or not the process requires aids such as supports
Dyndrite Solution

Dyndrite provides capabilities designed to address the two pillars of production, including:

Labeling/Part Marking
  • Multi-Line Text, Images, QR codes
  • Surface Wrapping
  • Region or Color Specified
  • Multiple Labels (Easily Handle 3+ Labels on a Part)
  • CSV or Database Driven
  • Automatable and Dynamically Generated
  • Post Build Qualification Labeling
  • Insurance by Labeling Everything and Enabling Traceability
Report and Traveler Generation
  • Build Volume Queries
  • Part Density, Part Location, Tool ID
  • Slice Area Graphs
  • Automated Screenshots 
  • Flexible Report Generation
  • Headless Build Preparation
  • Automated Geometry Query Based Build Traveler Generation
Repeatable Quality
  • Rules Based Specimen Placement
  • Build Location Based Part Scaling
  • Native CAD Color Metadata to Automate Build Preparation
  • Define Label Regions, Supports, Position, Orientation, etc. for Automated Workflows
  • Eliminate Mesh Repairs
  • Determine Output Compensations Based on Machine, Process, or Location Within Build
Nesting & Performance
  • Large Part Counts, Slicing
  • High Volume, and Low Mix
  • High Volume, and High Mix
  • Caging/Sinterboxes

Build Recipes (Python)

Build recipe-driven automation is a key enabler for achieving repeatable quality. Build recipes can be organized into building blocks used to drive Additive CAM workflows. Components can include key operations, API logic, and externally linked databases and resources. Users can string these building blocks together to form an end-to-end automated interactive GUI or a headless solution that follows your manufacturing methodology and business logic.

  • Auto-generate human-readable workflow scripts that operate headlessly, or with GUI prompts
  • Edit recipes to point to referenced parts, without needing to redo build prep
  • Tiny file sizes, often less than 4k, makes capturing and sharing recipes and workflows simple and easy
  • Connect to a wide variety of third-party applications and databases, i.e., MES, ERP, CSV, etc.
  • String together multiple recipes to create flexible programs that can be reused or reordered
Why Dyndrite for Production?

The Future of Additive Is Production - Powered by Dyndrite

Dyndrite is the only additive manufacturing software on the planet that enables you to build a repeatable, traceable, automated additive manufacturing production line. Dyndrite provides a new foundation that helps you develop the repeatable quality required for production-scale workflows.

Put production power in your hands.
Dyndrite provides software that specifically overcomes barriers to traceability and repeatable quality:

  • Dyndrite was designed specifically to enable powerful manufacturing applications. Our roadmap is driven by this mindset and vision.
  • The Dyndrite software tools give you the power, freedom, and control to codify your business logic, and construct your own build prep workflow, via build recipes using Python.
  • The Dyndrite engine provides powerful scalable GPU performance capable of cutting hours into minutes and seconds.
  • Dyndrite democratizes access to machine parameters and high-performance compute.

The Power of Dyndrite Additive Production

Build Recipes
Dyndrite’s ability to automatically generate Python build scripts enables you to codify manufacturing rules, codify best practices, and make feature/part families that can be easily shared with others. Build recipies become a way to guarantee repeatable quality in such a complex process.

Native CAD
Why repair STLs when you can import the native CAD directly. No need to fix a problem that shouldn’t exist in the first place. 

Labeling
Dyndrite offers the most sophisticated and automated labeling system available, providing the traceability required for manufacturing production.

Travelers/Reports/Database Integration
Generate the data necessary to track output and establish provenance.

Volumetric Segmentation
Use geometric queries to enable repeatability, and parametric abstraction. (Jetting, Photopolymerization, LPBF)

Toolpathing API
Software is needed to fully control toolpathing parameters to account for machine variability to improve part-build consistency and reduce variability.

The Dyndrite ADK provides the basis for creating unique automated additive manufacturing production lines that have traceability and repeatable quality as core tenets.

Dyndrite ADK Product Tiers

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Base

Base Additive CAM features needed for build prep and slicing to get you printing as quickly as possible.

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Pro

All the professional features you need to do materials and process development to create better parts, nest, generate supports, and build a bespoke application.

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Enterprise

For when you’re going into production or need something custom. All the features of ADK Pro, plus scriptable lights out automation.

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