With traditional manufacturing becoming more automated, it was only a matter of time before additive manufacturing would also collide with artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Oqton is a global technology company with a vision to intelligently automate the end-to-end manufacturing process. Powered by artificial intelligence, Oqton Manufacturing OS provides the Stratasys community with increased agility from design to production, and streamlines the integration of Stratasys machines with post-processing equipment. With technology purposely built for additive manufacturing, Oqton Manufacturing OS helps Stratasys customers increase machine utilization to reduce costs and lead times.
Late last year, Stratasys unveiled the GrabCAD Additive Manufacturing Platform which includes the GrabCAD partner program. The partner program seeks to allow independent software vendors and other software industry leaders to connect to businesses and unlock their full potential via SDKs and APIs.
With Oqton now having joined the GrabCAD Software Partner Program, companies now have access to Oqton Manufacturing OS. Customers can optimize their manufacturing process so that their product can reach the market quicker than ever.
“When you talk to the markets, 3D printers are underutilized 30% of the time, build preparation software is not going to solve that problem Ben Schrauwen - Founder of Oqton
Optimization and Automation with Oqton
“When talking about 3D printing it’s not just about preparing builds and tracking their execution, rather it is about being dynamic. It’s more being live connected to your ERP systems, orders that come in, and just in time predicting the best utilization of all equipment” Ben Schrauwen - CEO, Oqton
With artificial intelligence and machine learning, Oqton Manufacturing OS can “learn” from machine and usage habits to provide intuitive metrics and optimized suggestions for more efficient manufacturing practices leading towards complete automation depending on the situation.
Connectivity is absolutely the key here and on two levels. First, connectivity at the macro level which enables the synchronization of technological innovations rather than siloed innovations that actually cause more issues than they solve. Second, connectivity at the micro level — on the factory floor (or floors for manufacturing operations with multiple, remote locations), where different technologies will be running at the same location, alongside multiple post-processing and ancillary equipment.
“It’s also important to note that 3D printing is an expensive investment. You buy the million dollar machine but then to make your million dollar machine be effective, you need to capture the whole post processing workflow as well and this holistic view is what Oqton offers.'' Ben adds.
To learn about Oqton and the value it will bring to Stratasys Customers being a part of the partner program, you can schedule a conversation!