Industrial manufacturing firm Siemens has announced at RAPID + TCT that it is ramping up its efforts in AM with the aim of “accelerating the transformation” of the American manufacturing industry.
Siemens says it has prioritized supporting the local AM machine builder community and is utilizing its “world-class” motion control, automation hardware, digitalization software, and technology expertise to aid machine builders. Located in Charlotte, North Carolina, Siemens’ Charlotte Advanced Technology Collaboration Hub (CATCH) will serve as an ecosystem platform for machine builders, users, and additive design engineers.
“We are on the threshold of a new frontier in American industry, where the implementation of additive manufacturing will bring fundamental changes to the landscape, end-to-end, from product to machine to manufacturing. Siemens is very excited to be at the forefront of this process,” said Steve Vosmik, Head of Siemens Additive Manufacturing in the United States.
Comprehensive AM solutions and the launch of an advisory board
Siemens believes it can provide comprehensive solutions to both AM job shops and Tier One production facilities, encompassing everything from product design software to digital twin machine simulation, and virtual execution of manufacturing methods. This includes complete data feedback into the design protocol, enabling necessary adjustments to be made prior to any machine building. Vosmik said, “This comprehensive suite of software and motion control hardware offerings makes Siemens a viable partner at every step of the AM process.”
Siemens is expanding the technological capabilities of CATCH by procuring and installing an ExOne/Desktop Metal Production System and Meltio Robotic System, featuring the onboard Siemens SINUMERIK RunMyRobot application, to incorporate metal binder jet technology. With the SINUMEIK RunMyRobot application, it becomes possible to control the kinematic path of an industrial robot, facilitating its integration with the CNC machine.
To better support the rapidly expanding AM market, Siemens is also creating an Additive Manufacturing Advisory Board consisting of distinguished industry leaders in AM from diverse technical backgrounds and industries. This board will offer guidance to the company in its efforts to meet the evolving needs of the AM market. “We are looking forward to engaging and collaborating with this talented group of industry experts as we move ahead together into this exciting new world of manufacturing in America,” added Vosmik.
According to Siemens, its AM technologies have the potential to assist the American industry in “re-imagining its products, re-inventing its manufacturing processes, and rethinking its overall business strategy”.
“More than 100 machine builders from around the world are implementing Siemens automation solutions to industrialize their machines,” said Rajas Sukthankar, Vice-President, of Motion Control, Siemens Industry, Inc. He continues, “Now it’s time to support even more customers and accelerate their transformation from single machines to series additive manufacturing factories. North America is heading in this direction.”
Scaling the AM sector with expansions
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