Valuechain launches first production control software aimed at additive manufacturers

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Airbus UK and Zenith Tecnica have both piloted the DNAam software.

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Valuechain, a British manufacturing software developer, has launched a new version of its production control software, DNAam, tailored for additive manufacturing processes.

DNAam is the seventh version of the company’s production control offering, and third new product of the year. This latest version has been designed to the specific needs of companies leveraging additive manufacturing technologies. It is said to integrate complex workflows, making it easier to plan builds, manage comprehensive inventories and conduct critical chemical analysis of powder batches and test pieces.

The software solution marks Valuechain’s first AM-specific product. Prior to market release, DNAam was successfully piloted with Airbus UK and Zenith Tecnica, an additive manufacturing specialist in Auckland, New Zealand. Zenith Tecnica has enjoyed the capabilities of additive manufacturing so much, it now uses the technology as its main operation as it produces titanium parts. A heavy investor in researching new technologies, Zenith was keen to take DNAam on, and is looking forward to leveraging it to ‘provide even greater savings’ for its customers.

Valuechain, meanwhile, has been pleased with the response from its two piloting partners. Now, they hope DNAam will go on to have a wider impact worldwide, as well as in the UK and New Zealand.

“We are always innovating new solutions that bring real tangible benefits to the manufacturing industry, and we’re proud that DNAam does exactly that,” said Tom Dawes, Valuechain CEO. “DNAam addresses a specific problem that has emerged since the increased need for additive manufacturing.

“The use of additive manufacturing has become more widespread in recent years, with companies of all sizes and sectors realising the benefits. However, ERP systems have failed to keep up with the specialised demands. Every batch of AM powder needs to be tracked throughout its entire lifecycle; through multiple blends, manufacturing builds and powder recovery, whilst maintaining comprehensive chemical analysis at every stage.”

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