Project Details3D/6D Industrial coniguration and integration with setup for production use. End result: Produce strategic modular componets for jets.
3D INDUSTRIAL PRINT PLATFORM
3D INDUSTRIAL PRINT PLATFORM
The installation, configuration, setup, and API integration of a 3D/6D industrial printer, especially in the context of third-party engineering design applications, is a complex process that requires meticulous planning, technical expertise, and a deep understanding of both the hardware and software involved.
My involvement in this project spanned across various stages, ensuring a seamless integration of the printer with the existing technological ecosystem of the company.
- Date : 26.05.2018
- Client : Bombardier Aero
- Skills : Design & Simulaton, Application Engineering, Process & Materials Knowledge, Data Preparation, Machine Operation, Post-processing and surface finishing, Definition of quality
- Location : Montreal, Quebec
" We are expressing our immense satisfaction with the seamless installation and configuration of our3D/6D industrial printer system, praising the efficient setup and the expert integration of third-party engineering apps through API scripts. "
The initial phase, installation, began with a thorough assessment of the site to ensure compatibility with the printer's requirements in terms of space, power supply, and environmental conditions like temperature and humidity. The printer, being an advanced 3D/6D model, demanded precise conditions to operate optimally. After ensuring these prerequisites, the physical setup of the printer was carried out. This involved assembling the printer components, establishing a stable and vibration-free foundation, and connecting all necessary power and data cables. The installation was meticulous, ensuring that every component was correctly aligned and secured, to guarantee the high precision required in industrial printing.
Configuration was the next critical phase. This involved calibrating the printer for optimal performance, which included setting the correct printing parameters such as temperature, speed, and material flow. Given the industrial nature of the printer, this step was crucial to achieve the desired accuracy and quality in the printed products. The printer's firmware was also updated to the latest version to ensure compatibility with advanced features and security updates.
The setup process was focused on integrating the printer with the company's network and systems. This required configuring the printer's network settings to enable it to communicate with the company's servers and workstations. User access controls were established to ensure secure and authorized usage of the printer. Additionally, routine maintenance schedules were programmed into the system to ensure the longevity and consistent performance of the printer.
The most intricate part of this project was the API integration with third-party engineering design applications. The printer was to be used for complex industrial designs, necessitating seamless integration with specialized software used by the engineers. This involved developing custom API scripts that allowed the printer to directly receive and interpret design files from these applications. The APIs were crucial for automating the workflow, where designs created in the engineering applications could be directly sent to the printer with minimal manual intervention. This integration not only streamlined the production process but also significantly reduced the chances of errors that might occur during file transfer and translation. Moreover, the API integration enabled real-time monitoring and adjustments. Engineers could monitor the printing process through the design software and make necessary adjustments in real-time, enhancing the efficiency and flexibility of the printing process. This was particularly beneficial for prototyping and custom manufacturing processes.
Throughout the project, regular testing and quality checks were conducted to ensure that every aspect of the installation, configuration, setup, and integration met the highest standards. User training sessions were also conducted to familiarize the staff with the operation and maintenance of the printer, as well as with the new integrated workflow.
The successful implementation of the 3D/6D industrial printer, coupled with its integration into the company’s existing engineering infrastructure, significantly enhanced the company’s manufacturing capabilities. The project not only exemplified technical proficiency in handling advanced printing technology but also showcased the ability to create a harmonious blend of hardware and software, leading to increased productivity, efficiency, and innovation in the company's industrial processes.