Granta Design, which makes additive manufacturing (AM) software, has released the underlying data structures of its AM data management solution. The Granta MI:Additive Manufacturing Package has been designed for managing data within AM development projects and the company says that it aims to encourage projects to systematically manage AM data and to support development of standards.

According to Granta, the Additive Manufacturing Schema Summary Document identifies many of the attributes needed to describe AM processes, and proposes best practice for organizing these attributes in a database. Its publication could increase awareness of the need for these important activities, and support their adoption. Organizations engaged in AM data management and/or standards definition can request a copy of the summary document by completing a form on the Granta website here.

In return, Granta wants companies to engage in collaborative discussions on the topic and provide feedback on the Schema.

’In talking to organizations that are planning AM projects, we often find that they understand the importance of capturing, sharing, and analyzing the right property and process data, but don’t know where to begin in planning this activity,’ said Najib Baig, product manager, material innovation at Granta Design. ‘Sharing some key aspects of our Schema will help AM project managers and Standards groups to think through what data they may need to manage, and how.’

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