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Whether it is to leverage the design potential of Additive Manufacturing, to optimize and convert CAD into machine code or to rule out human errors, there is a lot to master when it comes to additive manufacturing software.
While many engineers know software is crucial for successful deployment of AM processes, and Design for AM in particular, there is still a lack of understanding of all areas to take into account when it comes to keeping cost and lead times at an acceptable level using AM-dedicated software tools.
With two and a half decades of expertise, it’s safe to say MachineWorks knows a thing or two about software. The UK-based company started as an internal spin-off from Lightwork Design, now part of Siemens PLM. Today, the company is part of Heidenhain GmbH.
MachineWorks first built extensive expertise in conventional manufacturing processes by developing a technology that is used on CNC controls. In addition to commercializing component technology, primarily to other software OEMs, MachineWorks also develops custom software solutions for in-house customers in larger companies.
In this Opinion of the Week, Richard Baxter, Sales Manager at MachineWorks discusses the company’s activities within the AM industry with a key focus on hot topics that shape AM software development.
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