Protolabs launch 3D Printing DFM analysis for a faster turnaround

Protolabs offers assurance to 3D printer manufacturers throughout Europe and the UK with its Design for Manufacturability analysis.

This is a major advancement in 3D printing, because it gives you additional assurance that the part can be manufactured before you commit to production. It’s all done online in just seconds.

Protolabs has been providing support to customers using Injection Moulding options and CNC, and this development brings the benefits of speed and safety to its 3D Printer service.

Andrea Landoni, Protolabs EMEA’s 3D Printing Product Manager, commented: “Additive manufacturing is a brilliant technology, allowing engineers to produce complex parts that were previously too difficult to achieve.

“Whilst the technology offers great flexibility, there are a few limitations that engineers must be aware of and the Design for Manufacturability (DFM) analysis provides that guidance in seconds.

“The system will instantly highlight all the issues to the user, whether they are critical, such as parts that are too large to be produced, or non-critical, like dimensions that are close to certain thresholds like wall thickness and may not form completely.

“We understand the importance of speed, but ensuring that parts are correct, high quality, and delivered rapidly is critical. Instant analysis means you can have all the advantages of additive manufacturing with even more certainty – all without sacrificing speed.”

Protolabs’ Design for Manufacturability analysis for 3D printed parts offers peace of mind to manufacturers across the UK and Europe.

Design for Manufacturability eliminates lost time incidents for most issues. This prevents engineers from having to reschedule orders hours later, only to discover that they have not been able to complete their order. Although most problems can be resolved, there may be situations where users require additional assistance.

Landoni continued: “Protolabs understand that specific projects require technical consultancy to solve complex issues. These situations call for the assistance of our Application Engineers who can assist in overcoming these difficulties and expediting the process.

“The Design for Manufacturability analysis supports our Application Engineers by reducing the number of projects they need to get involved in, allowing them to interact with more customers who require their support even faster.”

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