Software for 3D Printing
3D software is one of the most relevant elements in the digital 3D printing manufacturing process however its importance is often overlooked. There are many types of software which are used throughout different phases of the 3D printing cycle. All 3D printing production, however, necessarily beings with CAD (computer aided design) 3D modeling tools. Some of these tools are now integrated into virtual reality and augmented reality 3D modeling programs. This is only the first step: another major software-based step for AM includes CAE (computer aided engineering) for optimizing a part in order to leverage the extensive capabilities offered by additive manufacturing technologies in terms of geometric capabilities and topology optimization. An optimized file then needs to be processed through CAM (computer aided manufacturing) software in order to communicate to the machine how to build it into a physical object.

Several other software applications are also implemented in 3D printing. Additive processes are also making increasingly intensive use of simulation software, both for file preparation and process control, as well as inspection and non-destructive testing software for controlling that conforms to applications-specific standards. Pre-processing steps also include quotation engine software and the entire CRM (customer relationship management) chain. In fact AM is increasingly being integrated into the entire PLM (produce lifecycle management) software chain, while MES (manufacturing execution software) programs are increasingly being adopted to manage the entire end-to-end manufacturing process which 3D printing is now becoming an integral part of.

The 3D software supply chain also includes developers and publishers which are listed in specific sub-categories.

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Assembrix developed a cloud-based platform that virtualizes 3D industrial printing. Its Virtual Manufacturing Space platform (“VMS”) enables a simpler, more efficient and secured production process by overseeing the entire additive manufacturing thread, from initial part model to the verified physical part and beyond.
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cadenas
CADENAS is a leading software manufacturer in the areas of strategic parts management and parts reduction (PARTsolutions) as well as electronic CAD product catalogs (eCATALOGsolutions).
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SIMBA Chain
SIMBA Chain is a cloud-based, smart-contract-as-a-service (SCaaS) platform, enabling users across a variety of skill sets to implement dapps (decentralized applications). These apps allow secure, direct connections between users and providers, eliminating third parties. The easy-to-use platform is tailored for users, developers, government, and enterprises to quickly deploy blockchain dapps for their enterprise.
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Exponential Technologies Ltd. was founded in 2019 by the 3 co-founders Pavel Cacivkin, Matthias Kaiser and Girts Smelters to further develop and market the AI/ML algorithms developed by Pavel Cacivkin.
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BASSETTI Group specializes in editing and integrating software packages for the industrial sector.
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bricsys
BricsCAD is manufactured by Bricsys, part of Hexagon PPM.
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CDS
Our Machine learning algorithms will help you design better and faster. Cognitive Design Systems is developing a product design software which helps designers and engineers generate designs using AI.
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intelligens
Our mission is to help clients accelerate innovation by using our unique deep learning solutions to extract valuable information from existing processes and data.
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itslitho
Free online designing software that helps you create high-quality 3D printed lithophanes. It’s a simple yet powerful cross-platform lithophane maker.
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CAD Additive
CADS Additive for Creo® is an innovative all-in-one solution for PTC Creo® (beginning with version Creo® 3.0).
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voxeldance
VoxelDance is an innovative 3D printing software company and 3D printing software solution provider with independent intellectual property rights. We are committed to CAD/CAM software development for additive manufacturing industry.
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oqton
Oqton is solving today's manufacturing challenges with an AI-driven factory operating system
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We aim to increase productivity in manufacturing and engineering by automating CAD data sharing and embedding security and traceability into new business models that are based on design licensing.
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3d predict
3D Predict™ innovative products are based on clinical experience and cutting-edge technology (artificial intelligence, machine-learning, math algorithms, and 3D printing).
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Addiguru is a start-up company creating real time monitoring technology for the additive manufacturing (3D-Printing) process. Part defects formed during the build process can be difficult or costly to detect and repair after a part is already finished. Our monitoring technology will detect defects during the build process, which will then inform process changes to easily repair defects as soon as they are detected.
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Globalluxsoft, as a full-lifecycle company, completely focuses on software development services for Industry 4.0 businesses in order to facilitate our clients with managing their future. We provide in-depth expertise in custom software systems, digital platforms, SaaS solutions for automating additive manufacturing business processes and for facilitating access to 3D printing abilities for both individuals and businesses.
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ICad3D+ is the first software for footwear design and pattern engineering than integrates into a single program two different environments, 3D design and 2D patterns, which works in parallel and simultaneously. This way, ICad3D+ is presented as the best virtual alternative to the traditional process of design and pattern engineering, reducing the time spent as well as the material and human resources of the company.
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alphastar
AlphaSTAR is a leading software & services company, providing advanced technologies that provide innovative physics-based simulation solutions for additive manufacturing, material modeling and analysis of advanced composite structures in the aerospace, automotive, defense and energy industries worldwide.
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toffeeam
TOffeeAM is a spinout of Imperial College of London specialised in Topology Optimisation for Additive Manufacturing. We license our in house code TOffee.
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Realize Medical is the creator of Elucis, the first platform for building 3D medical models based entirely in virtual reality. Elucis makes it effortless to turn medical images into 3D models for medical 3D printing or use in mixed reality systems.
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