Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing)
Siemens, HP partner to advance 3D printing for industrial production
September 8, 2017 by Siemens and HP
Sep. 7, 2017 – HP and Siemens say they have partnered to accelerate 3D printing for industrial production through the creation of a new HP-certified Additive Manufacturing (AM) software module from Siemens.
The new software module, Siemens NX AM for HP Multi Jet Fusion, is now available from Siemens PLM Software as an extension to Siemens’ design-to-production solution for additive manufacturing. According to the parties, the NX software module will allow customers to develop and manage parts in a single software environment for their HP 3D Printing projects, “avoid costly and time-consuming data conversions and third-party tools, and improve their overall design-to-finished-part workflow efficiency.”
Siemens and HP plan to align future technology roadmaps to enable designers and engineers to “completely reimagine products to take advantage of HP’s 3D printing capabilities, escape the limitations of conventional manufacturing, and cost-effectively produce new products at faster speeds,” they say, noting that this will lead to “greatly expanded” opportunities for the industrial 3D printing of innovative designs.
Siemens says the new software module will enable NX customers to combine design, optimization, simulation, preparation of print jobs, and inspection processes for HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D printed parts in a managed environment. Users can load multiple 3D part models into NX, and auto nest and submit them to an HP 3D printer, all in a single environment. The NX and Multi Jet Fusion integration promises to eliminate the need for data conversion between software applications or process steps and, in the future, is intended to allow “unprecedented control,” including material characteristics down to the individual voxel-level. This will result in the ability to print parts with variable textures, density, strength and friction, as well as thermal, electrical, and conductivity characteristics, they say.
“HP and Siemens are bringing together the best in design and manufacturing workflow software for the best in 3D printing, unleashing a wave of new product possibilities with the speed, quality, and economics required for the modern digital industrial era,” said Michelle Bockman, global head of 3D Printing Commercial Expansion and Development, HP Inc. “We look forward to collaborating with Siemens to continually raise the industry bar on what’s possible for customers with the voxel-level design capabilities of our Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing solutions.”
“At Siemens, we see additive manufacturing as a transformative digital force that is empowering companies to reimagine their products and factories to achieve new levels of business performance,” said Zvi Feuer, senior vice president of Manufacturing Engineering Software, Siemens PLM Software. “Deepening our partnership with HP and driving their innovative 3D printing technology is especially important as companies look to increase speed to market, differentiate on product performance, simplify production and supply chain operations, and implement new business models. As products become more complex and individualized, we look forward to the next frontier of 3D printed parts with multiple materials, tunable mechanical properties and integrated electronics.”