Advancing additive manufacturing through standardization
A successful partnership demands much more than “just” a strong product. 3YOURMIND has positioned themselves in long-lasting and strong partnerships to digitize AM workflows in a way that is ready to scale alongside production needs.
3YOURMIND believes that the only correct way to push “additive” into manufacturing is by creating industry-wide standards so they dedicate resources to help develop those standards in leading organizations.
Umati (Universal Machine Tool Interface)
3YOURMIND is a proud member of the UNIVERSAL MACHINE TOOL INTERFACE working group. The goal of this group is to provide a universal connection between machine tools and peripherals to customer-specific IT ecosystems. Exactly this aspect is missing in the AM world today. Machine connectivity are provided as one-off solutions which demand high maintenance and provide low stability. 3YOURMIND has set out to change this by spearheading the development of this standard and applying it to additive manufacturing.
The umati program is a strong partnership between Chiron, DMG Mori, Emag, Grob Werke, Heller, Liebherr Verzahntechnik, Trumpf, Beckhoff, Bosch Rexroth, Fanuc, Heidenhain, Siemens, and other key representatives from the manufacturing industry. The most important aspect is that all machine data is funneled into a standard format to simplify scheduling, track analytics, and process data. Unlike MTConnect, umati also supports standards for sending data to the machine which will pave the way for automated, agile manufacturing.
SLM Solutions is the first OEM to have built an umati-connection together with 3YOURMIND. 3YOURMIND has built drivers to translate production data from EOS and Ultimaker machines into the umati standard, hence establishing standard machine connectivity. Other OEMs including Trumpf, Prodways, and Renishaw are already part of the umati working group and will be connected in the first wave. 3YOURMIND is in contact with every major OEM (including HP), and post-processing providers, to push the standard forward and secure additional integrations.
DIN (Deutsches Institut für Normung)
The Deutsche Institut für Normung (DIN) is responsible for setting the standards within Germany. But the DIN standards are also recognized and used around the world. 3YOURMIND is leading the working group “Software in Additive Manufacturing (NA 145-04-04)”. The resulting standardization will become the benchmark for AM in the coming decades and help pave the way for optimization and automation.
Mobility goes Additive
Mobility goes Additive is the leading international network of companies, institutions, and research institutes working on industrial additive solutions. Around 100 organizations have already joined the network and are pushing the boundaries of AM. They are organized in 8 topics, reaching from materials, through issues topics to the digital supply chain. 3YOURMIND is leading the working group “Software for
VDMA (Mechanical Engineering Industry Association)
The industrial implementation of additive manufacturing is a major goal of the Additive Manufacturing Association within the VDMA (German Mechanical Engineering Association). 3YOURMIND has been an active member for many years and represents the software- and digitalization-aspects in this cross-functional workgroup.
America Makes is the leading and collaborative partner in additive manufacturing technology research, discovery, creation, and innovation in the US. Structured as a public-private partnership, America Makes innovates and accelerates additive manufacturing to increase the global manufacturing competitiveness of the US. 3YOURMIND works with America Makes to provide training to help educate the next generation of AM production engineers.
Incubators and Accelerators
Over the lifetime of the company, 3YOURMIND has benefited from incubators and accelerators that have helped to focus the company mission, introduce new customers and expand into new markets like the US and Spain.