I am a Printer OEM and want to integrate my data with Authentise.

What we need from a technical standpoint is fairly simple. Most manufacturers have some kind of software tool that customers use to prepare jobs and send them to the printer and monitor the progress of jobs as they are processing. This software usually works over a local network. We just need some of the technical specifications on the protocol that is used by the OEM software so that we can update our software to understand how to query the printer for its current status and interpret the response. In some situations, if the software is sufficiently modular we can reuse one or more dynamic libraries that ships with the OEM software. Otherwise, a few conversations with a software engineer that is familiar with the communications protocols is usually enough for us to start building support. 

Here are some of the data pieces we look for. The below is for metal, but gives you a general sense.

We like as much data as possible but we can do with just the pieces marked with * at minimum:

 

  • Static information
    • Information about the printer, such as serial number and/or name
    • Location
    • Software version of printer
    • Maintenance Information
    • Max build volume
    • Recoater distance
  • Dynamic Print Information:
    • Current status of printer (detailed, not simply printing/idle: re-coating, heating, cooling down, exposure, and other stati requested)*
    • Names of designs being printed*
    • Any unique identifiers of the print (Job ID, for example)*
    • Estimated total print time*
    • Estimated time to completion*
    • Start time (time zone if applicable)*
    • Current print height
    • Current layer # being printed*
    • Target height/layer of print job*
    • Amount of material used*
    • Information about the ongoing print, content, status, duration, actual material amount used, expected completion time and all other operational details
  • Dynamic Printer (Efficiency) Information:
    • Any error messages*
    • Laser output
    • Oxygen levels measured
    • Temperature in build chamber
    • Layer Re-coating Time
    • Layer Height
    • Inert gas consumption
    • Material Name*
  • Quality Assurance:
    • Laser Power
    • Material information
    • Melt Pool Analysis Data
  • Where applicable, timestamps and print associations (which part specific data is associated with)

We also appreciate continued commitment to support development by providing documentation, support, and extensions to the API where necessary is also required. Marketing and distribution collaboration are optional but appreciated.

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