MADE-TO-ORDER DIRECT DIGITAL MANUFACTURING ENTERPRISE

 

IN COMPLIANCE WITH STATUTE 35 USC § 287, YOU ARE NOTIFIED THAT DIGITAL FACTORY™ IS BOTH A PROPRIETARY BUSINESS MODEL AND MANUFACTURING PROCESS PROTECTED BY MULTIPLE US PATENTS AND PATENTS PENDING. 

US PATENTS

 

US8515826B2

Made-To-Order Digital Manufacturing Enterprise - Priority to 2006

USRE46807

Made-To-Order Digital Manufacturing Enterprise - Priority to 2006

US10089662

Co-Design & Print Preparation for Additive Manufacturing - Priority to 2006

US11,010,800

Digital Factory™ - Commercial Software system for Production Planning & Scheduling System - Priority to 2006

US17163522

Digital Traveler™ - Part Marking and Identification for Additive Manufacturing - Awarded (In Publication)

US17197038

Tray (BIN) Packing for Additive Manufacturing - Priority to 2006. Pending

US17214844

End-To-End Digital MES for Additive Manufacturing - Priority to 2006. Pending

 

 

 

Digital Factory™ is both a patented business method and method of manufacturing. The system includes two parts: a Made-To-Order Part for the design, sale and manufacture of made-to-order or mass-customized products and more specifically to a computer-based method and system for customer-driven design, sale and manufacturing of unique or custom-made product(s) exclusively through a highly efficient sales & manufacturing system which advantageously combines key elements of computer aided design methodologies, the internet and Additive Fabrication methodologies to personalize or customize said products on-demand. The product and invention was first demonstrated in May 2006 and remains published at http://digitalrealitycorp.com/index.htm.

 

The second part or Digital Manufacturing Enterprise part, also known as a Digital MES provides a commercial solution for Workflow Management for Additive Manufacturing. Digital Factory was envisioned as a commercial software application to license to other businesses so that they may conduct production workflow management with fleets of Additive Manufacturing Devices. The product and invention was first demonstrated in 2005 and remains published at http://digitalrealitycorp.com.

 

 

Fig. 49 Depicts the split of the Co-Design and part generation system of the Made-To-Order part of the system from the Digital Manufacturing Enterprise portion of the system or Digital MES. The Digital MES system is arranged to aggregate, sort, organize, arrange, nest, schedule and route 3D CAD Models and packed tray files to Additive Manufacturing Production Resources indexed within and available to the system for routing and scheduling activities performed by the system, treating each 3D CAD Model as the object being routed and scheduled by the system.

 

 

 

Fig. 5 Depicts the Flowchart of the system carrying out the patented process for web-based mass customization in a browser. Note that each "discrete"  module is clearly labeled including a Website, a Payment Gateway, An API or Suite of Controls to the core system and the core system comprising a 3D Kernel and a Database System, for storage and retrieval of the base 3D Models within the system. The customizations are done to the 3D Models using the Input output controls by anyone accessing the website and using the controls. The 3D Kernel or "Engine" is responsible for making the modifications to the 3D Model. The Scheduling and nesting system are highly integrated and mostly automated in the invention to streamline production. The Traveler system is a patent in and of itself and represents a method to automate part marking in such a system physically on each model to facilitate ease of finding each order even when they are similar.

 

 

 

Fig. 6 Depicts the overall workflow of the system as envisioned and written in 2005. Note that the system shows a user accessing the system via a computer through a connection to a suite of computer servers that carry out the operations including data preparation for printing. Files are sent to a 3D Printing,  produced, handled for packaging and shipped to the customer. Note: The image depicts specifically making custom Jewelry this way.

 

 

 

 

 Fig. 32 Depicts a Platform for Additive Manufacturing E-Commerce, Mass-Customization and 3D Printing. The website demonstration was first published in 2007. The website was based on our Made-To-Order Digital Manufacturing Enterprise System patents which cover an end-to-end solution for Additive Manufacturing.

 

 

Figure 18. Depicts the www.digitalfactory3d.com domain with an example of a website portion of the invention providing the interactive design session in the browser for customization of a product. A number of example features are demonstrated. Note that this image also depicts that an API is available and that the system is displaying both a 3D Model/rendering of the product and a Photograph which are very different distinctions in the patent. Displaying a 3D Model/rendering is what facilitates seeing the actual changes to the 3D Model.

 

 

Fig. 17 depicts Both Local and remote production systems and varying methods for accessing the system.