New Magics Version Enables Advanced Traceability, Connectivity, and Automation

April 27, 2023

Magics introduces its Workflow Automation tool and deep integration with the CO-AM Software Platform and Materialise Machine Manager.

Leuven, Belgium, April 27, 2023 — Materialise, a global leader in 3D printing software and service solutions, is introducing new features to Magics, its leading data and build preparation software. From product design to part and build preparation to printing, the digital thread connects the entire manufacturing process. To facilitate this, connectivity and traceability are crucial; that’s why the most recent update of Magics prioritizes connections with other software solutions.

Magics’ integration with CO-AM adds traceability to the 3D printing process with a revision tree that logs every action applied to a part or build, including which user performed it. This connection between data and build preparation software and manufacturing execution systems is critical to track part status from end to end but is often missing due to silos between software.

A screenshot showing CO-AM's revision tree, displaying a past version of a part
View of CO-AM's revision tree

“Traceability is critical for any 3D printing production,” says Egwin Bovyn, Product Line Manager at Materialise. “It’s not only a requirement for highly regulated industries like aerospace but also plays an important role in quality improvement. Tracking the parameters of past builds gives users insights into what goes right and what goes wrong. It gives them a detailed log to refer to while improving their processes.”

This update also introduces integration between Magics and Materialise Machine Manager, which connects users to their Build Processors to send project information and parameters necessary to make successful builds.   

“By connecting Magics to our Machine Manager, we’re offering a new cloud-based solution to manage your AM machine park and connected Build Processors,” explains Brecht Pellens, Product Manager at Materialise. “Cloud-based working is inherently more collaboration friendly — users no longer need to rely on one workstation for all their build preparation work — so sharing files and processing parameters with colleagues is also easier than ever. Plus, all processing parameters and build files are now stored in the cloud, continuing the traceability factor in this stage of your workflow.”

Another spotlight feature from the Magics update is AM Workflow Scripting’s first off-the-shelf script. AM Workflow Scripting is a Magics tool that offers ready-to-use and custom scripts — developed by Materialise or the user — to automate repetitive workflows during data and build preparation. The first off-the-shelf script — smart labeling  — was created for use by Protolabs and automatically labels parts in minutes. Additional AM Workflow Scripting will be made available later this year. "Labeling twenty parts takes just one person maybe five minutes with our new automated workflow. Before, it was an hour and a half, two hours for two people. It wasn't fun work. And now the team experiences less stress and uses their time for more challenging, interesting work that truly motivates them," says Christoph Erhardt, Manager of Customer Projects & Additive Design at Protolabs.

Materialise will be showcasing its CO-AM and Magics technologies at booth 4830 from May 2 – 4 during the RAPID+TCT Conference at McCormick Place in Chicago.

About Materialise

Materialise incorporates more than three decades of 3D printing experience into a range of software solutions and 3D printing services that empower sustainable 3D printing applications. Our open, secure, and flexible end-to-end solutions enable flexible industrial manufacturing and mass personalization in various industries — including healthcare, automotive, aerospace, eyewear, art and design, wearables, and consumer goods. Headquartered in Belgium and with branches worldwide, Materialise combines the largest group of software developers in the industry with one of the world's largest and most complete 3D printing facilities

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