Siemens recently announced the launch of its product lifecycle management (PLM) Software, which it claims to be able to drive additive manufacturing to the next level.
Starting from January 2017, Siemens will offer a new range of 3D printing tech solutions which will no longer require manual conversion or translation by engineers. In fact, the tools will leverage topology optimisation to reinstate designs, (or shapes) which are difficult for a human designer to envision and execute. Furthermore, the performance of machines would speed up greatly, at a reduced cost.
"Siemens PLM Software is pushing the additive manufacturing envelope by developing solutions to help create functionally optimised geometry that is unconceivable based on conventional design and manufacturing methods. Previously unsolvable design and manufacturing challenges are now quite feasible with these new software and production technologies. Siemens PLM Software has a vision for how the technology fits together from end-to-end and is outing that vision in place to move the industry forward," said Ken Versprille, Executive Consultant, CIMdata.
The solutions will also include Siemens NX Software and Teamcentre Software-both specially catered to manufacturing and engineering (CAD/CAM/CAE) aspects for production and manufacturing automation. As part of its latest release, the systems will help engineers speed up design process for 3D printing and provide essential, automated scan-to-print functions.
Apart from the tools, Siemens will also bring in a 3D print preparation solution for metal and plastic parts. Essentially, the same smart product models will be used to help automate design changes and streamline the entire process for power bed and multi jet fusion printing.
"This is just the beginning of a new generation of manufacturing capabilities, and Siemens is focused on delivering software technology to support an optimised end-to-end process with tools such as Convergent Modelling, topology optimisation and 3D printing preparation that are developed specifically to industrialise additive manufacturing. Siemens continues to invest in innovation and work with technology partners to develop new solutions to drive advances in additive manufacturing capabilities to make the 3D printing of production parts a reality," explained Tony Hemmelgam, CEO, Siemens PLM Software.
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