Aerospace part being scanned by the DPM Scan Pro App

Watermarking for 3D-Printed Parts

How Sub-Surface Markings Provide an Extra Layer of Security Frohes Neues Jahr! Happy New Year! As our first blog of 2024, we thought we would start the year with something innovative: combining forces with AdaptixNDE (see end of blog), we created an innovative workflow to watermark, and unobtrusively scan, a component. Citing potential applications for part authentication in Additive Manufacturing …

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COP28: How Digital Product Passports Add Value And Support Sustainability

How End-To-End Traceability Supports Value Generation Across The Supply Chain It’s December everyone! And you know what that means? Actually, I’m not just talking about Christmas. We are midway through COP28, the United Nations’ Climate Change Conference; COP28 will be the first official “Global Stocktake” of progress towards the sustainability goals laid out at COP21 in 2015. With nations, businesses, …

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In FOCUS: macu4 – 3D Printing and Traceability in Orthopedics

This week for our blog, we are putting a spotlight on one of first customers: macu4! Specialising in the development of orthopedics for people with missing hands, macu4 uses the Additive Marking Suite to optimise their 3D printing workflow. Via our software, macu4 are able to mark their components in accordance to the European Medical Device Regulation (MDR); automatically generate …

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Side by side comparison of the original parasol part (broken) and the printed spare part

Spot the Difference! Summertime Spare Parts

Extending Product Lifetimes through 3D Printing While 3D printed parts are becoming ever more glamorous and advanced – additively manufactured parts can now be found in everything from aeroplanes to fashion garments – sometimes it’s nice to take a step back, and consider some more everyday applications of the technology. The wooden runner hub part below supports the ribs of …

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Digital Inventory: AM Forum Follow-Up

Rise of the “Pro-sumer” Well-known advantages of AM include the ability to produce more customised products and smaller batch sizes, whilst remaining economically viable. Subsequently, the rise in “pro-sumer” customers – those who are able to directly access OEM parts as and when they it – is a characteristic of this new AM centred digital supply chain. Matthias Schmid discussed …

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A Traceable Journey: Birmingham and Back

Our Scanning Software in Action Many of you ask us the question: what does a traceable workflow look like? How will it benefit our manufacturing process? While the answer will vary depending on the application, we wondered, how can we show the advantages of traceability in a general sense? How might the features of our software work together to aid …

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Opinion Piece: Do we have another one of those?

3D Printing Spare Parts: The Challenge Spare parts management has been revolutionised by Additive Manufacturing; being able to produce small batches of products whilst remaining economically viable has enabled impressive strides to be made in spare parts managements. Although regulatory challenges still persist, particularly around the production of critical components, signs of a greater shift in thinking are evident across …

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Opinion piece: Bringing Traceability into your digital diet 

Digital Transformation: are our eyes bigger than our stomachs? Industry 4.0 is integral to the modern supply chain; from managing inventory, risk and logistics through to assuring quality and ESG compliance, efficiency gains and cost-savings enabled by the Fourth Industrial Revolution are being realised across industries. In a recent Ivanti Wavelink survey, roughly  85% of respondents signalled intention to invest …

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