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Financial Status VC-B; Autodesk, Lockheed Martin, Atomico

We’re building end-to-end fully-autonomous manufacturing technology. Technology that can produce a component from its specification with no human input. We’re delivering this autonomy to the world through software solutions to the core problems in precision manufacturing.

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AI is revolutionising the biggest industry you’ve never heard of

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✍️ Author: Tim Smith

🔖 Topics: CNC Machining

🏢 Organizations: CloudNC

To program a machine to cut a metal part from a raw block, a trained professional has to input up to 4k operational instructions, covering everything from what type of cutting tool to use, to what pattern it should follow, to how quickly it should cut, and so on.

CloudNC is using AI to fast-track this process, automatically programming those instructions to get the system around 80% of the way before an expert operator steps in for the finishing touches.

Saville says that his company’s tech can save a worker around five hours of work per part they’re designing, allowing factories to meet demand quicker, as well as addressing a shrinking workforce that very few young people are joining.

Read more at Sifted

Pulling your punches: The greatest leap in CNC CAM programming since punch cards

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🏢 Organizations: CloudNC

Theo Saville, CEO and Co-founder of CloudNC, has spent the past decade devising a better approach to Computer Numerical Control (CNC) programming. The result is CAM Assist, an AI-powered plug-in for Autodesk’s Fusion 360 software platform that has quickly garnered a reputation for being the biggest paradigm shift for the precision manufacturing sector in decades.

CAM Assist is an AI co-pilot that works straight out of the box in your existing CAM package. It automatically generates professional 3-axis machining strategies in seconds at the click of a button. Research from our user community shows that it can get you 80% of the way there, with the remaining 20% more like reviewing the work done and filling in any blanks. This can save hundreds of production hours, completing tasks in seconds that currently take hours or even days.

We knew we needed somewhere to test our solutions and we figured that no factory would allow us to use their production machines for experiments. Building our own factory gave us our own testing ground, as well as allowing us to measure the impact of our software on day-to-day operations.

Read more at The Manufacturer

New software solution to accelerate manual CAM programming time by 80%, enabling manufacturers to be more productive

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🔖 Topics: Computer-aided Design

🏢 Organizations: CloudNC, Autodesk

CAM Assist – currently available as a plug-in within Autodesk’s Fusion 360 software platform – uses advanced computer science techniques to generate professional machining strategies for 3-axis parts in seconds, which could take CNC machine programmers hours or even days to manually create. As a result, the amount of time it takes to program a CNC machine to make a component – a bottleneck in many factories, due to a global skills shortage – is reduced by up to 80%, compared to the previous manual programming process.

Previously, depending on complexity, it could take a CAM programmer between an hour to several days to determine the best strategy to CNC machine a new component. This includes selecting the correct tools, toolpaths, and techniques – determining between hundreds of thousands of potential variables and approaches.Instead, CAM Assist uses advanced computational optimisation and AI inference techniques to rapidly determine a professional strategy and toolset needed to manufacture a part, along with the most appropriate cutting speeds and feeds from the user’s library.

Read more at The Manufacturer

CloudNC raises $45m to deliver autonomous manufacturing

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🔖 Topics: Funding Event

🏢 Organizations: CloudNC, Autodesk, Lockheed Martin, Atomico

CloudNC, the company developing advanced software that enables factories to autonomously manufacture precision parts, today announced it has raised $45 million in a Series B round led by Autodesk, with Lockheed Martin and British Patient Capital participating alongside returning investors Atomico and Episode 1 Ventures. The company will use the additional capital to further develop its SaaS offering and roll out at-scale through integrations with CAD/CAM packages such as Autodesk’s platforms, and to expand its unique full-stack manufacturing capability in Essex, United Kingdom.

CloudNC’s technology already provides a significant degree of autonomy. A user can upload a 3D model of any part and, with one click, the software autonomously determines the tools needed, how they will be used and drafts the code to tell a CNC machine how to make it. This software assistance allows factories to be more efficient while upskilling the workforce, since more junior employees are able to operate the machines.

Read more at PR Newswire

How UK firm CloudNC is pioneering AI based manufacturing

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🏢 Organizations: CloudNC

UK precision engineering firm CloudNC has introduced a pioneering new AI based approach to manufacturing. In this exclusive Q&A interview the company’s CEO Theo Saville outlines the core technology and explains how the firm has built a brand new factory from the ground up.

Read more at The Engineer