Castor offers a software technology that assesses a part’s printability, recommends the best printing material and estimates its cost and lead time. The technology helps manufacturers decide if and how to apply 3D printing to their production processes.
Evonik has contributed its expertise in 3D printing materials and helped Castor to establish the software as a platform accessible for all industries. With Evonik’s software based on Castor technology, customers now have the opportunity to identify parts that could be printed with materials such as high-performance polymer powders and filaments. Evonik also produces a full range of additives that can modify material properties.
The start-up’s software is complementary to computer-aided design (CAD) solutions and customers can analyze their existing CAD files of large assemblies or of many single parts, simultaneously. The software performs a comprehensive technical and economic analysis which results in a simple report showing the break-even point for additive manufacturing versus traditional manufacturing methods. This allows manufacturers to decide whether to prefer 3D printing over traditional manufacturing methods and empowers engineers to identify parts which can be defined as the “lower hanging fruits,” leading to cost reduction and time savings.