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Stratasys makes it easier to integrate additive manufacturing into Industry 4.0 environments

Stratasys Ltd. announced a new program to integrate its 3D printers in production environments with the factory floor via the GrabCAD Software Development Kit (SDK).

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Each SDK package includes a complete set of application programming interfaces, documentation, and code samples that enable development partners and manufacturing customers to establish two-way connectivity between Stratasys FDM 3D printers and enterprise software applications. The program gives customers the power to integrate, manage, and support additive manufacturing for production of end-use parts. Stratasys has previously introduced support for MTConnect , an industry-standard protocol that enables customers to communicate factory data. However, while good for collecting execution data, this standard does not support additional capabilities for sending and receiving printer commands and for remote monitoring. As companies increase their investment in Industry 4.0 initiatives, Stratasys is now meeting the need for more sophisticated two-way integration. Initial partners for the GrabCAD SDK program include Link3D , the leader in additive workflow and manufacturing execution system software, and Identify3D , which provides software that enables security, usage control and traceability of design and manufacturing data across the digital supply chain. “The Industrial IoT transformation is underway as leading manufacturers seek to adopt a more digital, agile […]

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