HCL Technologies Partners with Materialise for a Platform for Hybrid Manufacturing

HCL Technologies Partners with Materialise for a Platform for Hybrid Manufacturing

HCL Technologies, a leading global technology company has partnered with Materialise, a global leader in additive manufacturing (AM) software and services, to develop a platform that provides increased integration for hybrid manufacturing. With this collaboration, CAMWorksR software from HCL will be powered by Materialise AM technology to facilitate the production of metal parts, combining the benefits of AM freedom of design with the speed and accuracy of CNC machining. The partnership also represents the first initiative to provide an integrated CAD/CAM solution for hybrid manufacturing in a SOLIDWORKSR environment. This new technology is expected to be available for release later this year.

Hybrid manufacturing is a technology that bridges the benefits of subtractive and additive processes to produce parts of complex design and close tolerance. The integration of AM and CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) software in one platform will facilitate the traceability of the production process while saving redundant manual work. Users of the new CAMWorks AM module powered by Materialise, will be able to create support structures directly in CAMWorks and interface with the main metal printers via the Materialise Build Processor.

We are very excited with the new partnership and the potential hybrid manufacturing offers to the future of computer-aided design and manufacturing. By combining advanced integrated CAM technology from HCL with the innovative 3D printing technology from Materialise, we look forward to enabling companies to create innovative products which can be brought to the market faster and at a lower cost

GH Rao, President of Engineering and R&D Services (ERS) at HCL Technologies

CAMWorks Additive Manufacturing at a Glance

CAMWorks® Additive Manufacturing is the first hybrid (additive and subtractive) manufacturing solution available for SOLIDWORKS®. Additive metal manufacturing (3D printing) is here and CAMWorks is the first to combine cutting edge additive manufacturing, including automatic support structure generation, with the state-of-the-art intelligent subtractive CNC machining capabilities of CAMWorks.

  • The only fully integrated hybrid (additive/subtractive) solution available for SOLIDWORKS
  • World leading Additive Manufacturing Powered by Materialise, includes automatic support structure generation CAMWorks automatically recognizes support structures and machinable features and can automatically program the subtractive machining operations
  • The data for both Additive and subtractive Manufacturing is fully associative and stored in the SOLIDWORKS models. The additive and subtractive manufacturing data updates automatically to design changes
  • The most advanced integrated solution available for hybrid (additive/subtractive) manufacturing , connecting the user to leading AM machines through the Materialise Build Processor interface.”

The portfolio of HCL Technologies includes IP products such as CAMWorks®, DFMPro®, Glovius, etc. Recently released SOLIDWORKS® CAM is powered by CAMWorks and is a powerful, fully embedded CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) system included in the latest release of SOLIDWORKS® 2018. CAMWorks extends the SOLIDWORKS Smart Manufacturing ecosystem by providing the most advanced technology available for 3, 4, and 5 axis milling, turning, and mill-turn CNC programming directly inside SOLIDWORKS; and DFMPro is the most advanced automatic design for manufacturability assessment tool available.

The market space and applicability of the Additive Manufacturing technology has been growing dramatically in the past 5 years. Integration with current manufacturing systems is the next step to unlock digital transformations in manufacturing. This requires in-depth understanding of both subtractive and additive processes. We are certain that companies adopting hybrid manufacturing will benefit greatly from this collaboration, which combines our 30 years of experience in AM with the CAM expertise of HCL.

Stefaan Motte, Vice President of Software, Materialise NV

Materialise, a global leader in 3D printing software and services, was founded in 1990 and has been enabling companies all over the world to explore the extraordinary potential of 3D printing. The Materialise Magics 3D Print Suite provides users with tools of unparalleled functionality to prepare, optimize, and manage the full Additive Manufacturing (AM) process to get the most out of their 3D printers. Materialise is also a leading additive manufacturing service provider and offers design and engineering, co-creation, and rapid prototyping services as well as additive software solutions for specific medical applications.

About Materialise

Materialise incorporates almost 30 years of 3D printing experience into a range of software solutions and 3D printing services, which together form the backbone of the 3D printing industry. Materialise’s open and flexible solutions enable players in a wide variety of industries, including healthcare, automotive, aerospace, art and design, and consumer goods, to build innovative 3D printing applications that aim to make the world a better and healthier place. Headquartered in Belgium, with branches worldwide, Materialise combines the largest group of software developers in the industry with one of the largest 3D printing facilities in the world. For additional information, please visit: www.materialise.com