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To enable the benefits of car part personalization based on digital manufacturing, customization software is vital. The automotive industry can enter into a new level of mass customization of car parts through the proprietary TwikBot software.
TwikBot is an end-to-end cloud-based kernel that integrates seamlessly into any business model and allows for 3D printed, highly customized pieces created through a unique product personalization experience. Twikit’s software enables the end-customer to personalize parts and products resulting in unique vehicles to an individual’s lifestyle and aesthetic preference.
A one-of-a-kind vehicle is created by personalizing interior parts and external design features, which is possible thanks to mass customization software and 3D printing technologies. Car configurators are set-up as virtual showrooms where products are completely customizable. The end-customer visualizes their self-designed part, and when ordered, the production file is automatically sent to the right production facility through the Twikit Live platform.
To make the use case of 3D printed customized car parts through an end-to-end digital workflow real, we focused on an exterior aspect of car design. Wheel blades are the most impactful visual statement and set the mood for the drive.
3D printed customized car parts bring a lot more to the table for car brands than on-demand and digital manufacturing, which ensures an automated process. These concepts, such as thoroughly designed and customized wheel blades, improve a vehicle’s performance without losing sight of efficient production processes, creative possibilities, and high-end aesthetics.
Using 3D printing as a manufacturing method facilitates a shorter production time and allows for faster iterations. It enables personalization through a digital manufacturing workflow powered by TwikBot that allows on-demand, high-volume production. Because the complete chain from configuration to the connection with manufacturing is digital, the mass customization operation is automized and easy to integrate into any business model.
More is possible with mass customization of car parts. Brands can add a new dimension to their product and increase the value of a luxury product through an improved and personalized customer experience.
Additive manufacturing allows the use of adapted materials for automotive parts that guarantee the same mechanical properties as with traditional manufacturing. This means that the quality is high-caliber while production is faster and more flexible.
The plastics (or metals) used for 3D printing are high-performance materials suitable for car parts and enable lighter structures thanks to the materials’ composition. Also, the creative freedom that 3D models free up allows for innovative designs such as lattices, decreasing the amount of material used and the part’s weight.
The car wheel blades designed by Studio Twikit are 3D printed in PA12 material on an HP Multi Jet Fusion. When printed, the blades are vaporfused, sprayed with car paint, and a protective layer of varnish.
Because 3D printing allows an automotive manufacturer to construct lighter vehicles, the end-customer can enjoy a more sustainable transport means. A lightweight car consumes less fuel or electricity which is important for electric car manufacturers working on battery autonomy. Thanks to the creative freedom that additive manufacturing provides, aerodynamic designs help further improve the car’s performance.
Because complex patterns and open structures are easy to customize, car parts achieve a different look when only a few parameters are changed. Additive manufacturing allows for endless personalization possibilities and design freedom for both car producers and end-customers. Each car can be unique and personal with customization integrated into the workflow.
The high-end aesthetic is achieved by finishing techniques such as coating, dyeing, vaporfusing, painting, or even 2D printing directly on the part. Thanks to the finishes, 3D-printed car parts blend in with the rest of the vehicle’s design, ensuring the components are coherent with the car brand’s vision and aesthetic.
Twikit technology does prevent parts from being over-modified with its customization software through pre-defined options. Because strength and performance are essential for automotive parts, every component (including the customization options) is assessed for its strength and durability.
Personalization and additive manufacturing for automotive can provide end-customers with a car perfectly adjusted to their lifestyle and taste. Do you prefer urban chic, or are you more of a racing fanatic? The customization possibilities are infinite with the right software and digital manufacturing flow. 3D printed customized car parts enable a new strategic route for automotive manufacturers and allow them to rise above competitors with a sharp focus on customer experience.
The production also benefits significantly from introducing 3D printing as a manufacturing technology. The automized digital production flow enables light-weight parts that ultimately enhance the car’s performance. In combination with the freedom to apply complex structures, such as lattices, 3D printing makes a sustainable car of the future with a high-end aesthetic possible.
Twikit pushes the boundaries of mass customization and solves the big problem of personalization in the automotive industry with a cloud-based, end-to-end software solution.
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In the past years, the orthotics industry is experiencing a shift towards additive manufacturing to increase efficiency and scalability. The previously labor-intensive creation process is becoming fully digitized and more sustainable with no waste and on-demand digital manufacturing. By using the TwikFit platform, it is possible to create sports gear and orthotic products such as insoles on-demand and at scale with less effort and in a smaller timeframe.
Discover the end-to-end digital workflow of custom-fit insoles from design to finalized product and the added value of mass customization for orthoses.
Learn more about Admin Portal and its exciting features and added values for mass customization operations from Sam Van Den Berghe, Head of full-stack development at Twikit.
All Twikit products need to meet high-level security requirements. The accounts set-up and managed through Admin Portal are secured through the Ory Hydra implementation of OAuth 2.0 and OpenID connect. The portal provides the latest industry-standard regarding security, protecting all users and their organizations.
Flexible and fine-grained permission management
Admin Portal’s features allow managing user permissions in a very flexible and fine-grained way. Users are free to create their own roles to suit the organization’s needs. Each user role has a set of permissions for actions available within the Twikit web applications. This means you can create roles and grant them a certain level of access to the applications for precise user management.
Managing multiple organizations
Managing multiple organizations is a key feature of Admin Portal. This means that an organization can create sub-organizations such as other departments or companies. A single user can also be part of several organizations. As multiple organizations are supported throughout Twikit web applications, such as TwikFit, Twikit Create, and Twikit Live, it allows use cases like sublicensing with the Twikit software. And, did you know that Admin Portal is fully white-labeled?
Admin Portal offers one control center for all 3D customization software through a single-sign–on. It allows you to manage your organizations, roles, and permissions efficiently to streamline your digital mass customization workflow and capture the value of on-demand, digitally manufactured personalized products.
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TwikBot is Twikit’s proprietary software core which enables the creation and digital manufacturing of highly customized products at scale. The end-to-end cloud solution, including the proprietary software Kernel, supports the full customization journey from product parametrization to order and manufacturing management. Due to its cloud-based location and hybrid architecture, the TwikBot solution is scalable and applicable for all sorts of industries such as automotive, orthotics, and protective gear.
How Twikit is building the TwikBot plug-and-play, open software solution to integrate smoothly into any workflow:
Twikit’s vision is to grow TwikBot into an open and modular hybrid platform which fully integrates with other solutions. Why? To accelerate mass individualization through digital manufacturing. End-to-end full solutions are the way to move the market forward.
Implementing mass customization into your business processes needs to be plug-and-play without losing focus on the customer experience and production efficiency. Therefore Twikit looks at the full picture and enables TwikBot to be part of a rich eco-system. It allows for full automatization, crucial for mass customization, starting with product design in CAD software to manufacturing with digital technologies. It reduces both manual steps and errors.
By making connections with third-party systems, the solution becomes truly plug-and-play, increasing the installation speed and reducing costs.
The first step has been taken. On the front-end, Twikit has already established progress towards an open software solution. The Twikit Web Software Development Kit (SDK) ensures seamless integration of customizers into any e-commerce platform or website and enables a scalable set-up of more integration plug-ins.
The next big thing in the hybrid model of Twikit is the connection to CAD and engineering software. It is significant for two reasons:
By connecting TwikBot and CAD software, 3D designs are easily uploaded onto the Twikit Create platform onto the cloud, interpreting the CAD data and preparing it for customization by defining the parameters. With mass customization, a file is not ‘fixed’ as it is with mass production. That is why parametrization comes into play. It increases complexity, but it is essential for the production process.
By setting up a hybrid model, TwikBot algorithms and modifiers can be combined with CAD / CAE functionalities. Twikit Create is a node-based system. If the CAD software is also node-based, specific nodes can be integrated into Twikit Create and the CAD program. It results in flow automation and connection.
The fore-runner in node-based parametrization is Rhino Grasshopper. Because both the program and Twikit Create work according to a node-based system, the integration between the two is a logical first step in connecting TwikBot to CAD software. This integration will launch in April 2021.
Additionally, within mass customization, verification for each product output is crucial. The open system enables the connection with simulation systems and sets up FEA or CFD simulations for each specific product export to have a validated flow.
We present the use cases below to illustrate the use and advantages of the plug-and-play connection between CAD and engineering software and TwikBot.
The first use case illustrates the digital workflow of a custom-fit thumb brace created through the TwikFit application.
The second case shows the digital workflow of customized, additive manufactured car wheel blades.
The broader mass customization eco-system can only be leveraged when different systems are connected. These systems being the various components necessary to deliver customized parts at a large scale. The benefits of the Twikit Connect program for customers are that existing systems can easily connect with less effort than before.
The TwikBot plug-and-play open software solution program will not only enable highly customized products at scale as TwikBot already does but accelerate mass individualization through digital manufacturing. The Twikit Connect program facilitates end-to-end integrations for design automation and digital on-demand manufacturing the easiest way possible.
Are you interested in an open, plug-and-play mass customization solution that easily integrates into your business?