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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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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Triangulatica is a powerful GPU based slicer and hardware platform (PCBA) for all 3D printing technologies (existing and future): SLA Laser, SLS, SLM, FDM/FFF, DMD/LMD/DMT, MJM, SLA DLP/LCD, Bio-printing etc.
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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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