The year is 2023, and we’re finally on the cusp of the end-to-end additive manufacturing (AM) software dream. This is a moment that we, as an industry, have collectively been chasing for the better part of a decade. Truthfully, it’s been much longer than that, but it has only really been critical enough to pursue seriously in the latest era of AM. So, what’s the big deal with connected, end-to-end software for additive?
The long and short of it is that, if additive is going to have the projected impact on manufacturing and power the digital revolution therein, users can’t be jumping back and forth between a half a dozen programs just to get effective results, creating as many data streams in the process (and often breaking the entire process in doing so, when errors occur trying to import, export, convert, and merge).
SmarTech Analysis has recently published its latest study of the additive software market, focusing primarily on the connected AM software platform trend that is unfolding before our eyes. In this article, I plan to unpack this software mega-trend and share a little from the report about what the future of AM looks like as end-to-end software platforms grow to dominate the digital portion of AM.
Feature image courtesy of Interspectral.