3D Spark: Transforming the Manufacturing Process through Intelligent Analysis

By on April 27th, 2023 in news, Service

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The 3D Spark team during an investment round [Source: 3Druck]

3D Spark offers a service that can optimize part production for manufacturers.

3D Spark, a German startup founded in 2021, offers an innovative part analysis service to optimize part production for manufacturers. This service provides intelligent recommendations to enhance a product’s manufacturing process, ensuring efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

The Process: Data Input and Analysis

The process begins with input data, consisting of CAD files for the parts, drawings, and even ERP (operational and financial) data. This data is fed into the 3D Spark system, which then analyzes it using their proprietary software.

The platform enables the analysis of not only single part designs but also entire part databases in bulk. 3D Spark explains:

“3D Spark allows you to analyze entire part databases at the push of a button. Upload hundreds of parts with just a few clicks and analyze them in batch mode. Do you have 10,000, 100,000 or more data sets? The data basis is incomplete or inconsistent? 3D Spark’s automated, confidence-based approach offers a suitable solution for every situation.”

Optimization and Cost Calculation

The primary goal is to optimize the production process for specific parts. The system determines the optimal manufacturing process based on part geometry and materials, which could include additive manufacturing, CNC milling, or sheet metal methods.

The software conducts a sophisticated analysis, considering part geometry, material composition, and other engineering and production requirements. “Orientation Optimization” is one output that adjusts the part’s orientation during manufacturing to reduce costs—potentially by up to 75% in certain cases.

3D Spark also produces a “precise cost calculation” that factors in the entire process needed to create the part, including post-processing steps. Finally, the platform displays a “break-even analysis,” comparing the cost of additive manufacturing to other production methods. Manufacturers can then make informed decisions on the most efficient process and implementation.

The Benefits of Using 3D Spark

Adopting 3D Spark’s system offers several advantages, including:

  • Reducing manufacturing costs
  • Shortening delivery times
  • Improving part performance
  • Accelerating development lifecycles
  • Decreasing analysis effort
  • Lowering procurement costs
  • Minimizing cost estimates (less need for RFQs)

Investor interest in 3D Spark’s powerful technology has led to multiple rounds of funding, enabling the company to compete with other software providers offering similar functionality. This development benefits manufacturers looking to optimize their processes.

Via 3D Spark

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!

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