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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mastercam
Mastercam provides solutions for designers and NC programmers around the world, in a spectrum of applications including 2- through 5-axis routing, milling, and turning; 2- and 4-axis wire EDM; 2D and 3D design and drafting; surface and solid modeling; artistic relief cutting; and Mill-Turn.
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Addevice is a mobile app development company creating customized solutions with latest technologies including: - AI ( Artificial intelligence) - Machine Learning - IoT (Internet of things) - VOIP - Augmented and Virtual Reality - Payment Platforms Over the past 7 years, we have built and transformed over 70 businesses through strategy, design and development. Get in touch with us and tell us about your challenges. We'll set up the solution that solves them best.
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lattice
Lattice Technology’s powerful software tools set the standard for technical communication for the manufacturing enterprise. Using Lattice Technology solutions, engineers and non-engineers alike can easily simulate assembly processes and create work instructions or technical illustrations—directly from 3D engineering data. Solutions from Lattice Technology benefit companies who produce products with high part counts, complex geometry, detailed manufacturing processes or any ongoing lifecycle support requirements such as documentation, maintenance, and training. Target industries range from those developing large products such as airplanes and automobiles to small, complex machinery and medical devices. Founded in 1997, Lattice Technology, Inc. is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan and Westminster, CO (near Denver, Broomfield and Boulder), USA. 
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Oral3D is a European start-up which offers a plug-and-play 3D printing solution for the dental sector. The package has all it is needed to create 3D printed models of the patients’ oral cavity with no effort. The Oral3D software and 3D printer do not require any technical knowledge or training. It takes just a couple of minutes to process and send to the 3D printer any CT scan, cone beam or intra-oral scan.
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RAP
RAP Technologies is a Rotterdam based software development company, founded in 2016 with the goal of increasing productivity and efficiency in the construction industry. Since then we have specialized in developing reliable customized computer-aided-manufacturing tools for industrial clients to increase their productivity, accuracy and profitability.
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cuttlefish
Cuttlefish is a unique driver for controlling diverse 3D printers allowing high-fidelity reproduction of an object’s appearance in addition to its shape and more.
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atlas
ATLAS 3D IS THE COMPREHENSIVE ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING EASY BUTTON
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ptc
PTC unleashes industrial innovation with award-winning, market-proven solutions that enable companies to differentiate their products and services, improve operational excellence, and increase workforce productivity. With PTC, and its partner ecosystem, manufacturers can capitalize on the promise of today’s new technology to drive digital transformation.
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We at Exponential Technologies Ltd. have created the next generation of research enabling software.
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Our mission with AdditiveLab is provide a platform helping users to stop unnecessary production failures and increase their AM process expertise by virtually predicting failure-prone regions in parts and supports prior to manufacturing.
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RUHRSOURCE GmbH CUR3D from Bochum, NRW, in Germany
Founded in 2014, we are now Germany's leading manufacturer of software for ensuring 3D printability. Our technology 'CUR3D' allows anyone to make 3D CAD data / 3D models 3D printable without the hassle and expertise. And that in just a few seconds!
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At AMendate we want to create a better and easier way of optimizing parts.
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Secur3DP+, a subsidiary and creation of the Invention Science Fund (ISF), the startup arm of Intellectual Ventures, is being supported by Singapore's rich entrepreneurial ecosystem, working in collaboration with NTU, NTUitive, and NAMIC to build the next generation digital manufacturing platform.
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DNAAM
DNAam is a global additive manufacturing software company, that delivers solutions to digitalise the additive manufacturing sector throughout advanced manufacturing supply chains. Working closely with industry leaders, academia, advanced manufacturing OEMs and AM machine manufacturers, DNAam provides technology that underpins digital additive manufacturing production to align with Industry 4.0. Now supporting companies in UK, Central Europe, India and North America, DNAam is a globally recognised brand in the additive manufacturing sector.
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LEO LANE
Control the quality & quantity of your Additively Manufactured parts & products
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marlin
First created in 2011 for RepRap and Ultimaker by Erik van der Zalm, today Marlin drives most of the world's 3D printers. Reliable and precise, Marlin delivers outstanding print quality while keeping you in full control of the process. As an Open Source project hosted on Github, Marlin is owned and maintained by the maker community. Learn how you can contribute!
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Dyndrite
Dyndrite provides revolutionary software that dramatically improves the daily working lives of designers, engineering and technicians. Our mission is to empower professionals with powerful new tools to develop innovative, next-generation solutions and workflows.
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interspectral
Interspectral is a visualization software company focused on volumetric rendering and 3D-digitization. We started out as a research project and was spun off in 2015 and have been successful ever since. Our core business is to develop and market our visualization software Inside Explorer and provide both custom solutions, open solutions for a broader audience and professional services
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maker os
MakerOS is an end-to-end management platform for your design, prototype, and production workflow.
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boneeasy
Boneeasy is a company that was founded in 2013. We manufacture individualized printed titanium dental implants, Individualized TMJ implants and individualized titanium meshes for bone regeneration
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