FreeFORM Technologies Selects Oqton Manufacturing OS, 3DXpert to Automate Production Workflow


November 7, 20235 minute read
  • Complete Oqton solution – software & services – enables increased accuracy, efficiency, visibility, traceability
  • Full integration with largest installation of metal binder jet 3D printers to facilitate production of more than half a million parts annually

GHENT, Belgium, November 6, 2023Oqton, a software provider helping manufacturers increase innovation and efficiency by intelligently automating production, today announced FreeFORM Technologies, a Pennsylvania-based service bureau, has selected Oqton’s software – Manufacturing OS and 3DXpert - to enhance their production workflow. FreeFORM Technologies delivers more than 500,000 parts annually to customers across the medical, industrial, energy, and consumer industries. The integration of Oqton’s Manufacturing OS into its workflow will help automate manually repetitive tasks and enhance the estimating process to help mitigate errors. The Manufacturing OS will also increase the traceability and visibility of each part produced, which is critical for many highly regulated industries that FreeFORM Technologies serves. Additionally, the integration of Oqton’s 3DXpert software for additive manufacturing will streamline part design, preparation, build, and inspection. The total solution, which includes the expertise and support of Oqton’s Customer Success Team, is anticipated to help FreeFORM Technologies accelerate production, and grow its business to maintain competitive advantage.

The adoption of Oqton’s software for additive manufacturing applications continues to increase due to its ability to seamlessly integrate into existing manufacturing workflows — breaking down data silos between business systems such as ERP, CRM, PLM, and QMS. Oqton’s Manufacturing OS allows users to configure production environments across machines, materials, and production routes for real-time status tracking and visibility across processes and the workforce. This results in the ability to capture a complete historical record of production actions and increase utilization through process analysis and optimization.

The integration of Oqton’s 3DXpert with Manufacturing OS enables automated build preparation. Drawing on the power of artificial intelligence, users can capture expert preferences, knowledge, and experience to copy similar and previously used setups. This includes tasks such as part orientation, support generation, nesting, slicing, and build process simulation and compensation. These capabilities enable a streamlined workflow from design to printing with increased efficiency in both production time and resources.

“We awarded this contract to Oqton because the team has extensive expertise in additive manufacturing processes, and Oqton’s Manufacturing OS platform was built from the ground up specifically for AM,” said Chris Aiello, VP of business development, FreeFORM Technologies. “This enables robust performance and ease of use even with the most complex workflows in which revision control is critical. We will achieve significantly more accurate forecasts for the actual cost of our production process compared to estimated costs. Oqton found the balance between simplicity and complexity.”

“Integrating our Manufacturing OS with 3DXpert into production workflows continues to demonstrate unparalleled value for our customers,” said Dr. Ben Schrauwen, SVP, general manager, Oqton. “Pulling on the power of AI, we can help customers realize tremendous benefits in every phase of their manufacturing process, from order entry through production and final part inspection. We’re pleased that FreeFORM Technologies has chosen Oqton, and we look forward to collaborating with them as they fully implement our solution to support their future growth.”

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About Oqton 

Oqton accelerates intelligent manufacturing by providing comprehensive software solutions for additive production and 3D scanning — helping industrial and healthcare organizations drive innovation and efficiency. The company’s additive production software enables complete traceability and visibility across an organization, delivering AI-powered capabilities for image segmentation, additive design, build prep, MES, additive inspection, and simulation. Global manufacturers use Oqton software to automate robotic welding to increase productivity. The company’s industry-leading Geomagic suite is the foundation of 3D scanning solutions for reverse engineering and inspection applications. Oqton is supported by partnerships with machine and scanner vendors, software partners, and ERP/CAD/PLM integrations. For more information, visit www.oqton.com or LinkedIn

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