Siemens and Materials Solutions open new innovation centre in U.S.
October 15, 2019 by Manufacturing AUTOMATION
Siemens and Materials Solutions – a Siemens business – have officially opened a new, highly advanced innovation centre in Orlando, Florida.
The centre is the only one of its kind in the U.S. to offer design alongside manufacturing – implementing robotics, rapid prototyping, scanning, digital tools and on-site metal additive manufacturing. The Siemens innovation centre will focus on rapid problem-solving supporting the company’s energy businesses, while Materials Solutions will offer additive services to support the innovation centre and external customers.
The 17,000 sq. ft. centre is equipped with the latest manufacturing and inspection technologies enabling faster solutions for industry opportunities, and encouraging innovation for the creation of new, advanced components and digital solutions. With a clear focus on developing world-class prototypes and services, the centre will encourage the fostering of new ideas, methodologies and business models and boasts the latest automation tools such as robotic machines, 3D printer, and 3D scanners.
“This centre is unique, bringing together a multitude of our innovative processes under one roof,” said Tim Holt, COO of Siemens Gas and Power, at the event. “The combination of these competencies, with the 12 years of experience in metal additive that Materials Solutions brings, provides us with a distinctive capability to support the development of holistic additive solutions/services to our customers in our energy business, as well as in high-performance industries such as aerospace, automotive and others.”
Materials Solutions – a Siemens Business – is uses Selective Laser Melting (SLM) technology for the manufacture of high-performance metal parts, with a focus on high-temperature super alloys. Siemens acquired the originally UK-based company in 2016 and has since expanded not only the Worcester, England site, but also the global additive manufacturing network. With the new location in Orlando, Materials Solutions will serve the U.S. market, especially in the energy and aerospace sector.