Getting insights in your 3D printing production with the Ultimaker Digital Factory

The Digital Factory helps you calculate the value of a 3D printing project, allow you to build a business case to 3D print, and offers tools to gain insight into the usage of your 3D printers.  

In this article

  1. Why create 3D printing reports?
  2. Calculate the business value of projects
  3. Download project report from Digital Library
  4. Download print job report from Digital Factory
  5. Tools for data analysis

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Why create 3D printing reports

3D printing offers benefits to organizations over more traditional production methods for prototypes, jigs and fixtures and production parts. Of course there are also costs associated with 3D printing. In order to gain insight in those benefits and costs we offer a number of reports and calculations in Digital Factory. Examples of information you can retrieve from Ultimaker Digital Factory are:

  • Calculation of cost and lead-time reduction (business value) per project in Digital Library  
  • Print job report
    • Which person is printing the most
    • Which printer has the most aborted print jobs
    • How much filament is used
  • Library projects report
    • What are the total cost and lead time savings over all projects
    • What requirements do we see the most in print projects

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Calculate business value in Digital Library

An easy accessible example of reports is the calculation of the cost and lead-time reduction. Both calculations are done over all 3D printed and purchased units per year.  

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step 1. Fill in business value details

Once you have created a project, you can calculate the cost and lead time reduction of the project by filling out the business value details (Professional and Excellence only). This will help you to quickly showcase the main benefits of your project.  

 

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step 2. View business value

The business value will be clearly displayed on the project page. 

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Library report

For further analysis on projects in the Digital Library you can download a CSV file with the description of the project, applied tags, owner, creation date and all the attributes that were filled out in the business value and requirements in Digital Library. This would for instance allow you to calculate the total savings over all projects in the Digital Library. 

 

library-report.gifDownloading the library report

  1. Use the 3 dots in the upper right corner of the Library page 
  2. From the menu select 'download report'
  3. Select a reporting period or use one of the pre-defined time periods from the dropdown.
  4. After selecting 'Generate report' the report is downloaded to your computer or, in case that doesn't happen automatically, you can start it manually by clicking 'Download report'.
  5. After the report has been downloaded it will be located in the downloads folder of your computer. 

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Print job report

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Downloading the print job report 

There are two types of print job reports to choose from; a report for a single printer (available to all subscription levels) and a report for all printers in the account (available only for the the professional and excellence subscription levels).

  1. Visit the Printers page. Depending on the report you need either select the 3 dots in the upper right corner of the page for a report on all printers, or select a printer by clicking on it and then select the 3 dots in the upper right corner of the printer. 
  2. From the menu select 'download report'
  3. Select a reporting period or use one of the pre-defined time periods from the dropdown.
  4. After selecting 'Generate report' the report is downloaded to your computer
    In case that doesn't happen automatically, click the 'Download report' button.
  5. After the report has been downloaded it will be located in the downloads folder of your computer. 

See this page to learn about the contents of the print job report.

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Tools for data analysis

We supply various tools for analysing the reports you can download in Ultimaker Digital Factory.

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Analysing users, printers and materials 

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Excel dashboard

Download XSLX file

Allows you to import the print job reports and automatically generates an overview of the users, printers, and materials used. Instructions are contained within the excel itself. 

Last updated on 20/05/2021

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Power BI Dashboard

Download template file

Download Instructions

Allows you to import the print job reports and automatically generates an overview of the users, printers, prints, and materials used. Has the benefit of combining the materials for extruder 1 and 2 in one table, uses date related information for filtering print jobs. 

Last updated on 07/05/2021

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Need support with setting up reporting for your organization?
Within the Ultimaker Excellence subscription level we offer expert support on data analysis and many more benefits.  

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