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ShipParts.com, SLM Solutions and VO launch Cloud-to-Print solution

Enhancing usage of parts data through Secure Manufacturing Platform (SMP)

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Viaccess-Orca, SLM Solutions, and ShipParts.com have launched a new technology solution to enable direct Cloud-to-Print for Additive Manufacturing (AM).

The Cloud-to-Print solution enhances the usage of parts data from the ShipParts.com cloud thanks to Viaccess-Orca’s Secure Manufacturing Platform (SMP), a digital assets protection and traceability solution, to enable secure printing on SLM Solutions Selective Laser Melting machine series. Part files remain encrypted, and cannot be printed until permission is granted, thereby ensuring effective production control in a distributed manufacturing paradigm as well as preventing the tampering of files.

This fully automated software execution secures the manufacturer’s Intellectual Property (IP) related to the parts data by controlling quantity, duration, and parameters for the allowable print. With this Cloud-to-Print solution, based on the native integration of VO’s SMP software libraries with SLM Solutions machine firmware, manufacturers can now consider 3D printing in their strategy with complete confidence that their IP will be secured when licensed for printing.

Viaccess-Orca is a leading global solutions provider of OTT and TV platforms, content protection, and advanced data solutions. The company offers an extensive range of innovative, end-to-end, modular solutions for content delivery, protection, discovery, and monetization. With over 22 years of industry leadership, Viaccess-Orca helps content providers and TV operators shape a smarter and safer TV and OTT experience. With its expertise in security, VO is also helping the digital manufacturing industry monetize the digital inventory of valuable assets and mitigate cyber-attacks. VO is a Founding Member of the 3MF consortium. Viaccess-Orca is part of the Orange Group and the company’s solutions have been deployed in over 35 countries. 

Viaccess-Orca, SLM Solutions and ShipParts.com launch Cloud-to-Print solution enhancing the usage of parts data

Mr. Alain Nochimowski, Chief Technology Officer at Viaccess-Orca said: “As a pioneer in the field of digital assets distribution and traceability for Industry4.0, with over 20 years of experience in designing, developing, and operating digital content security systems, Viaccess-Orca is pleased to once again set the standard for secure additive manufacturing together with its partners ShipParts.com and SLM Solutions. The native integration of our Secure Manufacturing Platform with SLM Solutions machines brings to the market a new value proposition and paves the way to truly distributed manufacturing.”

SLM Solutions is an integrated solutions provider and metal additive manufacturing partner. The company takes a vested interest in customers’ long-term success with metal additive manufacturing. Robust Selective Laser Melting machines optimize fast, reliable, and cost-efficient part production and SLM Solutions’ experts work with customers at each stage of the process to provide support that elevates the use of the technology and ensures their return on investment is maximized. A publicly-traded company, SLM Solutions Group AG is headquartered in Germany, with offices in the United States, Canada, China, France, India, Italy, Japan, Russia, Singapore, and South Korea.

Mr. Nicolas Lemaire, Software Product Manager at SLM Solutions, commented: “The Viaccess-Orca integration with SLM Solutions machines offers our customers a secure end-to-end solution that allows distributed manufacturing models around the globe. This integration is made possible thanks to our open architecture strategy that empowers our customers to benefit from our industry-leading additive manufacturing systems.”

ShipParts.com is a digital solutions provider for the maritime supply chain. Originally founded as an e-procurement platform for marine equipment and spares, ShipParts.com now provides big data analytics, and a range of digital solutions for supply chain transformation, including customized Procurement Management Solutions, AI-Based Inventory Optimization Systems and Mari-Trust, a Suppliers Risk Rating System and Additive Manufacturing. ShipParts.com currently serves clients from 110 countries, with over 90,000 active users on the trading platform.

Mr. Roy Yap, Chief Growth Officer at ShipParts.com, said: “Listening to our customer base, we understood the key to widespread adoption of AM technologies by marine equipment manufacturers has always been the security of IP. With this cloud-to-print solution, we can assure our customer base without a doubt that their IP can securely be licensed per print, disrupting conventional aftersales models. We are very excited to commercialize the solution.”

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