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Thrinno Marketplace: The one-stop sourcing platform for metal AM

 

(embargo: 21st of April!)

 

 

April 21, 2017 – Ghent, Belgium - Thrinno is launching ‘Thrinno MarketPlace®’, the first ever integrated manufacturing platform for metal additive manufacturing (AM) where companies can obtain the most competitive price based on actual manufacturing capacity available. Anywhere in the world, at any time. The platform will also offer professional design optimization and users can check their current designs for free with the Thrinno Metal AM design checks.

 

Thrinno is an AM Software Solutions Provider known from ‘Thrinno Fast Quote’, the intelligent quotation generator for metal AM service providers.

Currently, when you ask a quotation from three potential suppliers, you get three entirely different prices. Moreover, when you ask the same suppliers to price the exact same object one month later, you might end up with six largely differing prices. There is a simple technical reason for this conundrum. Objects of different customers are printed together on the same build plate. The fuller the build plate the cheaper each object. Ideally, for an optimized design, you’d be able to find excessive capacity on a build plate anywhere in the world and schedule your order, resulting in an optimal price. That is the future with Thrinno MarketPlace® in Industry 4.0

 

On the platform, companies can opt to be matched with the right supplier through a proprietary matching system and request a quotation from suppliers they feel confident doing business with. Suppliers can further be filtered on geographic location, materials, experience, type of industry, printable dimensions, print lead times. Suppliers can also be asked to sign an e-NDA before accessing the file.

 

Companies will be able to access a bidding system to get the most competitive price from suppliers with excess short term capacity in the near future.

 

Suppliers will benefit as they will be able to “top-up” their build plates. For build-plates which are already fully priced, any additional object is virtually pure profit. Eventually, suppliers will have the option to connect their system with the platform to get real time information on pieces that fit onto their build plate.

 

Additionally, on the Thrinno platform, companies can now assess their designs’ printability and gain a better understanding of the design process and other factors that influence printability. This design check toolbox is currently freely available for all users of the platform.

 

Companies will also be able to request assistance from an AM consultants, to guide them in assessing all functional aspects when designing a part for metal AM in the first place. This integration of functionalities will make Thrinno MarketPlace® the only one-stop sourcing platform for metal AM.

 

The Thrinno Marketplace® is open for business from the 21st of April 2017 onwards.

 

Link to MarketPlace Images

 

 

About Thrinno

Thrinno is a Belgian software startup founded in May 2016, active in the additive manufacturing sector. They make their own software products, but also support other companies with custom made software solutions. For more information please contact: info@thrinno.com

 

 

 

Press Contact:

Anthony R. Cloet

anthony@thrinno.com

+32 497 17 82 13

Link to MarketPlace Images

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thrinno design analysis software helps metal AM print shops with price calculation

 

 

Launching 'Thrinno Fast Quote' the 7th of March at the RapidPro conference

 

Monday 27th of February 2017 – Ghent – Software start-up Thrinno is launching a product targeted at metal AM service providers that allows them to provide quick and professional quotations with visual design feedback for their clients. To make more efficient use of resources in preparing quotations, current practice in the industry is to use quick and rough, or expensive time-consuming estimations. Through the application of complex 3D algorithms and visual feedback, Thrinno is helping both designer and metal AM service provider to remain profitable in this competitive industry.

 

Metal AM service providers have to go through a lot of different steps to get from design to print. Aside from a basic quality check, they have to take into account many different factors to ensure printability whilst coming up with a correct pricing. Getting to a successful print and a reasonable price is not only dependent on the orientation of the part on the build plate, but is also dependent on the type of other parts in the same print job and their respective orientation on the build plate. Additionally the metal AM service provider has to take into account powder usage of a design, thermal stresses, etc.

 

Calculating the cost of a part is complicated and can be done faster and more accurate with the help of the right algorithms. On top of those direct costs are resources that are spent on talking and giving feedback to designers. Often they aren’t aware of all those factors that need to be taken into account to get to a successful print. The service providers spends a lot of time on iterating with the designer which results in a costly feedback loop and a higher internal cost.

 

The ‘Thrinno Fast Quote’ supports companies with reducing those indirect feedback costs, and with getting a fast and accurate direct price of the model.

 

The tool comprises four steps: (1) You make a profile of your printing specs (2) You import a model on which different algorithms are applied. These algorithms include amongst others the detection of amount of support, surfaces to be finished afterwards, thermal stresses, etc. (3) Based on that and a chosen set of quality parameters, a price and quality score are calculated for different orientations, while taking into account the occupation rate on the build plate. A tool is provided to help you pick the optimal orientation. (4) When the optimal orientation is chosen, a quotation is generated with visual feedback.

 

The goal of ‘Thrinno Fast Quote’ is to give metal AM service providers a competitive edge in a fast growing industry

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Current bètatesters include: APWorks (Airbus), Esma, AMT-Titastar en MT3D.

 

 

 

About Thrinno

Thrinno is a Belgian software startup founded in May 2016, active in the additive manufacturing sector. They make their own software products, but also support other companies with custom made software solutions. For more information please contact: info@thrinno.com

 

 

 

 

Press Contact:

Anthony R. Cloet

anthony@thrinno.com

+32 497 17 82 13

Link to Thrinno Fast Quote Images

 

 

 

 

Launch @ RapidPro

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