CASTOR launches a new capability to automatically identify suitable parts for Additive Manufacturing using 2D drawings
CASTOR releases the latest innovation to its parts identification software - the ability to automatically analyze 2D drawings, both technically and economically, and to provide recommendations on 3D printing. With this innovation, CASTOR now makes the adoption of Additive Manufacturing viable for companies that base their manufacturing primarily on 2D PDF drawings.
CASTOR has developed a software that automatically identifies the parts that make sense to consider 3D printing, out of thousands of files, using a set of geometric and economic analyses. Now, with CASTOR’s new technology, automatic parts identification for 3D printing is possible using designs’ 2D drawings, even when 3D CAD files are not at reach.
The new capability solves a problem many companies face, especially if they rely on 2D drawings that are decades old, making it difficult and time-consuming to determine which of their parts could be 3D printed.
The technology behind CASTOR’s 2D analysis is based on:
Computer vision that interprets the geometry and product manufacturing information (PMI) of each part.
Machine Learning models that have gained deeper insights and improved over time due to the vast number of parts that are uploaded to CASTOR on a daily basis.
CASTOR automates the timely complex process that is required to manually analyze large number of parts.
“CASTOR is expanding its value proposition by offering many companies, which were not able to assess the compatibility of 3D printing to their organization until now, a feasible way to automatically analyze their design files and gain deep valuable data and knowledge regarding the potential of AM for them”, Says Omer Blaier, Co-Founder & CEO of CASTOR.
“We give these organizations a tool that helps them find new business cases and discover opportunities to reach their initiatives and 3D printing goals, using their existing 2D design files”.
This analysis can expose different opportunities, which is ideal when tackling legacy products or building an AM spare parts program.
CASTOR’s software enables to upload thousands of parts from 2D drawings at once. Once parts are uploaded it automatically extracts PMI (product manufacturing information) out of PDF files of 2D Drawings and calculates parts’ size, volume, complexity etc., based on dimensions from projected views. It then suggests 3D printability of parts, recommends optimal technology and materials, and performs a financial analysis of Additive Manufacturing compared to Traditional Manufacturing. It exports useful information and insights, both as a formal PDF report and a raw data excel sheet.
The results will guide you on which parts to purchase or to further explore their 3D CAD files. Once the selected files are in a 3D format the software, which is available ‘on cloud’ and ‘on-premise’, can also deliver recommendations for re-designing parts for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) - such as part consolidation and weight reduction. The advanced capabilities enable quick assessment of a part’s likelihood to failure, using a unique, tailored to AM, Finite Elements Analysis.
CASTOR expands its offering to meet the growing demand for Additive Manufacturing solutions using various technical analyses such as:
Size and tolerance checks
Lead time estimation
Supply chain improved resilience
CASTOR forms a holistic solution that helps manufacturers to improve their supply chain resilience by supporting the shift to inventory reduction and on-demand manufacturing.
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CASTOR is an Israel-based software company, that enables to optimize manufacturing and increase profitability by using industrial 3D printing. CASTOR solves the challenge of identifying where, when, and how it is beneficial to use 3D printing by automatically analyzing each part within an existing product design.