PerceptEngine Features - Part I
In my previous post, I discussed the essence of PerceptEngine and why it's important to Additive Manufacturing at an industrial scale.
PerceptEngine however is a product and all products must have desirable features. The focus of this series will surround the features PerceptEngine currently offers and l'll be discussing future as well as potential improvements along the way.
For one reason or another, I've always enjoyed traveling back to State College. Perhaps it's the ability to see old friends, checkout the old reactor where I spent way too much time calculating neutron absorption, or hit up a tailgate before a home game. I suppose that's why I argued to set up a test facility for PerceptEngine in Happy Valley just down the hall from Netfabb's Additive simulations skunk works run by Pan Computing.
However, the true purpose of the State College PerceptEngine test facility is to discern two things: How well does PerceptEngine function in a commercial service bureau environment and how well does PerceptEngine eliminate the need for me to physically be on site while the printers are running.
I hinted at this in previous posts but the most aggravating part of 3D-Printing is the need to Baby-Sit these machines in order to ensure the printer does what it's suppose to and you don't come back to a destroyed part and a bunch of wasted material, at least in the case of polymers. Metal 3D-Printing failures are always more destructive.
The reason why Baby-Sitting a 3D-Printer is so important is that you can never get back the wasted material and machine time that accompany failures as seen above. At some point you have to ask yourself:
How many times am I going to tell myself I'm leaving the office only to check on the 3D-Printer one last time?
Only to come back in the morning to an expensive piece of scrap.
So how does this pertain to a PerceptEngine feature?
It pertains because we put live video feeds on every 3D-Printer with a Percept Node (the brain we plug into the 3D-Printer to make it smart) and then we stream those videos to you anywhere in the world via PerceptEngine's cloud login page (Yes, we have a non-cloud version too).
This means I can watch my fleet of 3D-Printers from anywhere in world from my desktop, laptop, phone, iPad, etc. This means I can simply check my phone to instantly understand how well individual printers are progressing as well as determine how my facility is operating at a managerial level.
Imagine how advantageous it is to instantly understand how well your service bureau is operating while walking around at RAPID (the most influential additive manufacturing expo).
But wait, there's more!
PerceptEngine also allows you to control 3D-Printers remotely, prepare files for printing remotely, start prints remotely, and even manage maintenance routines remotely.
We've even tested PerceptEngine running 50, that's right FIFTY, 3D-Printers simultaneously on the same account while live streaming video for every printer!
Cool bro, but aren't there a bunch of services that already do that stuff?
You are absolutely correct my dear Watson! However, that is merely the start to the offerings of PerceptEngine. In my next blog I'll discuss how PerceptEngine collects, stores, and analyzes data for every build and provides that data to users in an easy to understand format. I'll also be diving into how PerceptEngine leverages Artificial Intelligence during the fabrication process to improve parts in-process.
- Joseph M. Sinclair
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