May 9, 2022
BigRep, a company in large-format 3D printing solutions, launches its new workflow for automated application engineering: BigRep FLOW.
BigRep FLOW is a new Software as a Service (SaaS) product enabling anyone to create customized, 3D printable factory tooling with few clicks; no experience is required in 3D printing or 3D design. More than design automation, BigRep FLOW automates the application engineering process with a customized app to produce ready-to-use tooling.
Together with the client, BigRep determines feasibility based on user-defined benchmarks and qualifications to launch the development phase. Feedback and development iterations result in a custom BigRep FLOW Application generating 3D printable tooling. With BigRep FLOW, all design configurations are optimized for 3D printing speed and success, plus reduced material costs.
In addition to a custom app, BigRep FLOW includes a collection of sample apps to produce various factory aids and tools. Available developed apps include transporters and organizers like customized trays, boxes, storage dividers and shadow boards. Tooling apps and factory aids such as soft jaws, assembly jigs, and product twisters instantly let people create complex parts.
BigRep FLOW is accessible across platforms, including mobile devices. Each custom BigRep FLOW App requires virtually no training as the user experience is streamlined.
Users log in to their BigRep FLOW account to access an App Library, which includes their custom apps as well as free sample apps. After opening the appropriate app (for example, a fixture configurator), the user uploads a 3D file of their existing part, for which BigRep FLOW then generates the custom fixture. The user easily configures the parameters within seconds. With a single click within the app, they can order their printed tools or start production on an in-house BigRep 3D printer.
BigRep FLOW can replace an existing 3D workflow. Users new to 3D printing can instantly create the tools they need. BigRep FLOW can create printable tools in minutes rather than days for immediate results and fast design iterations. The intuitive cloud-based interface makes it simple to configure custom tools, and design changes are calculated in real time with instant visualization.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.
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