Handddle and Markforged Partner on Process Monitoring
The micro-factories solution also facilitates standardization
November 10, 2022
Handddle, a developer of additive manufacturing smart production cells, and Markforged, a 3D printing hardware OEM, are partnering to integrate The Markforged Digital Forge with Handddle’s micro-factories platform and other production process management tools via an application program interface (API).
Markforged’s Eiger software platform and Handddle’s SMART FARM now connect to deliver a standardized micro factory-ready solution intended to enable users to produce complex parts in the same way, every time and in any type of environment on Markforged printers.
“Markforged is known for its 3D printing reliability and repeatability, enabling the production of industrial parts at scale,” says Julie van der Hoop, product manager at Markforged. “However, some industries or critical parts require clear reporting on constant production parameters, event history and production data for certification before they can be put to end use. This integration makes it seamless to import, slice, print and monitor, with all of your production data in one place.”
The integration is designed to provide ex-situ process monitoring and inspection to automatically adjust environmental parameters in real time. The Handddle platform guarantees that printers are operated within Markforged standards and that parts are produced under optimal conditions.
This level of connectivity leverages production data from Markforged’s Eiger software, where the Handddle App intelligently automates process monitoring and management.
“Handddle is thrilled to partner with Markforged to extend API integrations for Handddle and Markforged users looking to achieve industrial efficiencies to address quality challenges in strategic markets,” says Dylan TALEB, co-founder and chief operating office of Handddle. “Thanks to this partnership, manufacturers will be able to rely on an integrated solution to develop their knowledge and control of production processes with data to further empower their production capabilities and reach the highest results while using their Markforged printers.”
Eiger is a cloud-based software application that enables manufacturers to produce 3D printed parts on demand. It drives a connected fleet of 10,000+ industrial 3D printers worldwide, providing automated workflows, real-time analytics and over-the-air device updates. Access to Eiger’s API is included for all customers of Eiger Fleet, Markforged’s enterprise software solution. Eiger Fleet customers leverage the Eiger API to automatically print parts as they reach the end of their service life, or as part of a digital kanban inventory system.
The integration with Handddle provides Markforged customers the possibility to increase distributed manufacturing capabilities by duplicating identical production environments anywhere in the world.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.
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