A cloud-based platform for automated order processing in additive Manufacturing
Additive Manufacturing (AM) is increasingly used in the industrial part production. More than almost any other manufacturing technology, AM embodies the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0). Even though AM allows a nearly direct manufacturing of parts out of their CAD data, the order processing still requires a lot of manual work. This paper addresses this issue by presenting a cloud-based platform, which has the intension to integrate and automate the order processing for additively manufactured parts. In addition to facilitating the order processing of the manufacturing service provider, the platform also serves as an interface to the customer. The focus of the platform is on an automation of the order acceptance, the offer calculation, and the part screening for the identification of appropriate AM parts. The paper builds an exemplary Industry 4.0 showcase by illustrating concepts and methods for an automation of the order processing and introducing the architecture of the implemented system. This includes web-based services for the management of parts and orders as well as an integrated analysis of geometry data for checking of manufacturability and quotation costing. The evaluation examines the efficiency and effectiveness of the platform.
automated order processing
additive manufacturing (AM)