AM Software

AM Software is the “fourth power” within the end-to-end AM production cycle, together with hardware, materials and applications. The impact of software on the future of digital production is obvious but perhaps it is not yet fully understood where it is that software can affect and contribute to improve and optimize the future of manufacturing.


All digital production inevitably begins with a CAD (Computer Aided Design) model. Therefore CAD (or 3D modeling) software was the first element to emerge the new industrial revolution. As further proof of this, CAD software companies have been taking off in terms of financial performance since AM began to emerge as a production method. Autodesk, Dassault Systèmes, Siemens, Altair and Ansys, to name a few of the largest companies in this segment, have been booming. At the same time, all these companies have made some very significant investments in AM and DfAM.


DfAM is the second highly relevant way that software impacts digital production. The acronym stands for “Design for Additive Manufacturing” and indicates all those new approaches to product and part creation that are made possible by the virtually endless geometric possibilities opened up by additive manufacturing. These tools, also known by the acronym CAE (Computer Aided Engineering), include parametric first and later generative software tools that are enabling engineers to create an entirely new generation of bio-inspired products, that are lighter, more complex and way more efficient.


Simulation software is necessary to make sure that these new – never seen before – products do perform as they are intended to, while AM software is also necessary to make sure that the AM hardware transforms into real physical products that which was imagined and then translated into a digital product or – as they are increasingly described now – a product’s digital twin. AM-specific CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) software is necessary to give a growing number of different systems and technologies the proper instructions to produce a part layer by layer and even voxel by voxel. Then process monitoring software – and a growing demand of artificial intelligence power – is necessary to ensure that this happens without errors.


Once an AM part emerges from an AM machine it needs to move on to the next stations of the end-to-end digital production cycle. These include non-disruptive analysis via 3D and CAT scanning (and software is necessary here as well), part finishing (which requires adequate software and accurately studied design methods) and part handling. All these phases – and all the previous phases need to be controlled and coordinated by AM-specific MES (Manufacturing Execution Systems) software. In fact, the entire lifecycle of the product, from the initial quotation to its final use, can now be digitalized and controlled via PLM  (Product Lifecycle Management) software.


This is the area where the giants of software are squaring off to define the way we will make anything and everything.

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    Materialise, a global leader in 3D printing solutions, introduced CO-AM, an open software platform to manage the additive manufacturing (AM) production process more efficiently. CO-AM will give manufacturers cloud-based access to a full range of software tools that allow them to plan, manage and optimize every stage of their AM…

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  • GrabCad Print Software for Stratasys Origin One and Origin One Dental. Providing an alternative to 3rd party pre-print software.

    Stratasys Ltd. (NASDAQ: SSYS), a leader in polymer 3D printing solutions, has introduced GrabCAD Print for the Stratasys Origin One and Origin One Dental 3D printers. An application of the GrabCAD Additive Manufacturing Platform, GrabCAD Print will provide users with an integrated, all-in-one software solution for streamlining the 3D printing…

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  • EOS and Hyperganic partner to develop space propulsion components. Integrating Hyperganic's AI-powered algorithmic engineering software.

    EOS has entered an exclusive partnership with Hyperganic, a company that aims to accelerate innovation in engineering through its software platform that creates parts, structures, and entire machines through computer algorithms and AI, to advance the field of space propulsion. “As a constant and pioneering innovator, we are now partnering with…

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  • Araqev creates quality-control software for additive manufacturing. Enabling the printing of products in only a few design iterations.

    Araqev, a Purdue University-related company, has commercialized a quality-control software that could benefit the aerospace, automotive, consumer products, medical devices, national defense, and other sectors that use additive manufacturing technology. Araqev’s quality-control software enables end-users to print products in only a few design iterations, resulting in less scrap material and…

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  • Cults, over 5 million believers in the future of 3D printing. Interview with Pierre Ayroles, co-founder of largest independent 3D model marketplace.

    Cults is a 3D model marketplace that connects designers to people wanting to make real-world objects through 3D printing. As not everyone has an artistic soul, or the ability to use CAO 3D software, Cults highlights the work of designers who wish to make 3D printing accessible to all. In…

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  • Whale bones replicated using 3D printing and used in museum exhibits. Printed in the large-format Stratasys F900 3D printer.

    Using an Artec Eva 3D scanner and the large-format Stratasys F900 3D printer, the team at Camosun Innovates is creating replica whale bones to fill in missing pieces of massive displays in museums across the world. Camosun Innovates is on the campus of Camosun College in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. It is home…

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  • 3D printing specialists, 3D People launched an online app to transform the quotation process for 3D printed parts. The new Online Quote tool uses advanced geometric analysis, in the shape of complex algorithms, to fully inspect unique designs and provide users with a clear and thorough understanding of the manufacturing costs…

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  • Teton Simulation Software acquired by Markforged. The technology will be integrated into Markforged's Eiger 3D printing software.

    Composites and bound metal extrusion 3D printers manufacturer Markforged acquired Teton Simulation Software (“Teton”), whose SmartSlice technology automates validation and optimizes part performance for additive manufacturing applications. The integration of Teton’s cloud-native simulation software into Markforged’s Digital Forge platform will enable manufacturers to validate advanced composite parts for the most demanding production…

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  • The PUNTOZERO 3D team, known as a specialist studio in DfAM optimization, is now structured as an innovative startup in Italy. Based in Milan, and born from the idea of 4 professionals with passion and skills in the world of AM, the company develops new design methodologies to revolutionize the…

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