BCN3D launches a brand new Cloud for real-time 3D printing fleet management
BCN3D, a leading manufacturer of 3D printing solutions, has announced a complete revitalization of its current BCN3D Cloud platform. The new web-based cloud will enable businesses to scale up their additive manufacturing operations and make overall print workflows more efficient, controlled and easier than ever before.
As the AM market continues to grow, the main verticals of BCN3D in 2021 have shifted to automotive, manufacturing and engineering, with its main applications becoming functional parts, tools and low batch. volume. The company’s transition from entry-level machines to bench-top machines began in 2019 with the release of the BCN3D Epsilon and the materials partnership with BASF Forward AM and Mitsubishi Chemical.
Later in 2020, BCN3D completed the Epsilon series by launching the smart cabinet which ensures that the filaments are constantly maintained at optimum humidity levels. In light of this profound hardware evolution combined with the growing demand for 3D printing, BCN3D has set itself the goal of creating software to upgrade their hardware solutions. The result is the new BCN3D Cloud, which centralizes all aspects of remote printer and resource management in one place for the easy implementation of a systematic workflow.
“For current BCN3D customers, the integration of AM processes in their business is becoming more and more critical because the applications are more demanding, an indicator of the trend is that BCN3D machines currently print more than 12 hours per day on average. . With such an increase in the volumes of printed parts, more people and more machines interacting, the workflow must be robust and transparent. To meet the needs of these customers, BCN3D’s vision is to provide software layers that add real value to the hardware, thus closing the loop of an enterprise-level solution. »Daniel Arroyo, software director of BCN3D.
2021 was key in the development of BCN3D’s software vision, with the release of the new BCN3D Stratos slicer and the addition of integration with Teton Simulation’s SmartSlice for optimizing print parameters. At the same time, BCN3D has also worked with Autodesk to include BCN3D printers in Fusion 360, in order to provide users with an expedited printing process. Most recently, the new Cloud announced today was built on the foundation of Astroprint IP, a 3D printing software company known for its sophisticated cloud solutions, which was acquired by BCN3D last July.
Packages and availability
BCN3D has developed a whole new platform with a completely renewed user experience and interface to ensure frictionless use. The new BCN3D Cloud will be available on October 13 to allow a smooth transition for current BCN3D customers. BCN3D also announced three different plans.
The BCN3D Cloud Standard plan is included for all BCN3D customers (Epsilon Series and Sigma D25) and is ideal for driving the adoption of additive manufacturing within enterprises. Its main functionalities are the digital library, queue management, organization and prioritization of print jobs and clusters. These allow users to group printers based on different characteristics or capabilities and view statistics, which provides businesses with real-time analysis to take action based on the data.
BCN3D Cloud teams allow advanced organizations to administer a departmental structure with custom roles and permissions for members. This plan also includes the Workflows feature, which allows the creation of multiple workflows to manage and control the printing process, from design to final part. Depending on the role, some users may add files to the workflow while others are responsible for managing the printing process. The Teams package will be available from the end of October for a probationary period of 3 months, then 495 € per year (595 $ / year).
Finally, the BCN3D Cloud Private is an on-demand plan dedicated to companies who must be absolutely certain that their specific confidentiality and security requirements are met.