Open Additive Manufacturing - A New Way to Build

By Christopher Prucha, Co-founder and CEO
November 8, 2018

We believe Additive Manufacturing should be open, which is why we’re pioneering the concept of Open Additive Manufacturing: a new way to build, based on open materials, extensible software, and modular hardware.

Today, enterprise-grade 3D printing is replete with companies that offer limited materials, monolithic hardware, and inaccessible software. This one-size-fits-all approach limits choice and dampens a potentially revolutionary new technology - the application of 3D printing to mass production.

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Open Additive Manufacturing blows open the range of available materials, and gives customers the software and hardware options they need to develop a truly customized approach to additive manufacturing.

Material freedom is the first and most critical component of Open Additive Manufacturing because materials drive a product’s function, performance, and aesthetic. Product creation teams should have the broadest material selection possible. At Origin, we equip our open network of material partners with the technology and support needed to accelerate development of new and better AM materials from months or years to weeks or even days. The result is a renaissance in additive materials, from flexible elastomers with better energy return to high-strength polymers with heat deflection above 220°C and impact strength well above 100 J/m.

Sample of a new BASF material with Origin textures
Sample of a new BASF material with Origin textures.

One of our partners, BASF, has used our platform to develop a new material that combines high throughput with the tensile strength needed for a functional part in a real-world engineering application. BASF’s material combined with Origin’s ability to apply custom textures to complex surfaces results in a part that achieves functional and aesthetic goals. The material will be announced at Formnext next week and is just the first in a series of new materials we’re developing with our network of partners to enable manufacturers to produce commercial-grade parts with a highly competitive, and attainable cost.

Software is the crucial second part of Open Additive Manufacturing. Origin's software actively compensates for inconsistencies in hardware, environment, and chemistry to produce batches of parts with exceptional accuracy and repeatability. The platform also enables users to have full control over settings and even to create custom UI and API triggers that integrate seamlessly with modern digital factories. Hardware is the final pillar of Open Additive Manufacturing. As robots and other Industry 4.0 tools increasingly drive production, companies need modular systems that can adjust accordingly – at a competitive cost.

We’re connecting our network partners with manufacturers who need their expertise. Footwear brands are using our partners’ elastomers to develop footwear with exceptional performance and fit. Automotive companies are pushing the heat stability and mechanical toughness of our polymers to accelerate the development of autonomous vehicles. Contract manufacturers are taking advantage of the sheer breadth of Origin partners and materials to incorporate the specific materials and configurations needed to meet their customers’ specific goals.

The confluence of low cost hardware, customizable software, and distributed material development creates an opportunity to reorganize around a new business model. That’s why we created Origin - to foster the start of a new ecosystem. Connecting material partners with manufacturers, we’re creating a self-reinforcing market of buyers and sellers. We believe this budding ecosystem will create a renaissance of options and dramatically expand the AM market, much like the launch of the iPhone and how its multitude of apps led to the smartphone explosion. This is why investors like DCM, Floodgate, and Stanford are investing in the company. Origin is dedicated to crafting a new way to build, starting from the first layer. It will take a movement to reshape manufacturing for the next 100 years. Join us!

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