HEXAGON EMPOWERS SHOPFLOORS TO INDUSTRIALISE ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING WITH NEW SOFTWARE SUITE
By bringing together four of Hexagon’s best-in-class software tools in one place, the suite will drive operational excellence in machine shops and 3D printing service bureaus.
Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division has announced a new suite of software that is designed to support manufacturers’ adoption of additive manufacturing (AM) on an industrial scale by bringing scalability, reliability, and repeatability to their AM operations.
Called ‘HxGN Additive Manufacturing Suite’, the software suite is built on Hexagon’s deep experience in AM and machine shop production. By bringing together four of Hexagon’s best-in-class software tools in one place, the suite will drive operational excellence in machine shops and 3D printing service bureaus by:
- Enabling manufacturers to efficiently design parts, reverse-engineer products, and run CAD agnostic model preparation in DESIGNER, Hexagon’s CAD for manufacturing solution
- Allowing build preparation for any metal Powder Bed Fusion (PBF) AM printer with highly efficient support structures and best-in-class slicing and hatching with AM STUDIO
- Helping manufacturers quickly estimate costs, identify manufacturing issues, and optimise workflows, printing strategies and build orientation in Simufact Additive, ensuring that the manufacturing process is refined early in the product lifecycle
- Ensuring that the post-process CNC machining of metal AM parts is highly optimised, precise and efficient with Hexagon’s ESPRIT EDGE, which uses artificial intelligence and is powered by digital twin technology
HxGN Additive Manufacturing Suite addresses this problem. As a manufacturing-focused, high-performance 3D printing software solution that is machine-independent and CAD agnostic, it brings agility and repeatability to the shopfloor, unrestricted from having to source individual tools from multiple vendors or being forced to use software that is tied to specific machines. The new suite from Hexagon can be used with existing CAD software, metal Powder bed fusion (PBF) printers, and CNC machines for post-processing, speeding up manufacturing processes and lowering costs.
The suite will also allow manufacturers to collaborate and automate workflows and share best practice using Nexus, Hexagon’s open digital reality platform, which is designed to help manufacturers accelerate innovation and bring ideas to life faster than ever before.