Oct 9, 2015 | By Kira

Technology powerhouse Siemens announced that it will expand its two-decade partnership with Georgia Institute of Technology, one of the U.S.’s leading research institutions, with the goal of driving advanced manufacturing innovation through software, research, digital product development and preparing students to enter the STEM workforce of the future. The first keystone project underway in the new relationship will address gaps in existing additive manufacturing design-to-print workflow, and falls under the America Makes initiative, with over $1 million in government funding.

Siemens first entered the 3D printing industry earlier this year with their Frontier Partner Program, a collaboration between the Siemens Technology to Business (TTB) and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) organizations that provided 3D printing startups with free access to the company’s PLM suite of software tools and other valuable resources. However, both Siemens and Georgia Tech have been pushing the boundaries of advanced manufacturing design, automation and innovation for just shy of twenty years.

The new expanded partnership will continue the work they’ve started, for example, with the Georgia Tech Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory, where students are using Siemens’ PLM software to create a virtual prototype of a modern, high efficiency gas turbine. As part of this announcement, Siemens confirmed that they will be naming Georgia Tech a Siemens Center of Knowledge Interchange (CKI) partner, adding it to the distinguished ranks of eight global elite universities.

The keystone project will be performed in collaboration with Siemens Corporate Technology (CT), Siemens PLM software, and Siemens Power and Gas. The $1 million America Makes government grant is bolstered by an additional $400,000 in-kind grant of the PLM software licenses. A second banner project revolves around enhancing Siemens PLM Software’s Jack software, a human simulation program that can replicate manual workplace processes for evaluation of efficiently, ergonomics and safety.

“Building upon our strong relationship, this comprehensive partnership will continue to produce cutting-edge research and innovative industrial automation and digitalization software, while preparing highly trained students to join the global manufacturing workforce,” said Eric Speigel, president and CEO of Siemens USA in a press release. “Georgia Tech and Siemens have enjoyed a long productive relationship, working together in everything from advanced manufacturing to engineering software used in the curriculum,” added Georgia Tech President G. P. Peterson. “As a Siemens CKI partner, we look forward to expanding our collaborative efforts to further drive advanced manufacturing research, software and innovation,” he said.

Eric Spiegel (right), president and CEO of Siemens USA, talks with Jilda Garton (left), vice president, research and general manager, Georgia Institute of Technology Applied Research Corporation and George Peterson, president of Georgia Institute of Technology (Paul Abell / AP Images for Siemens)

With these two leading companies driving advanced manufacturing innovation and education, and contributing to the improvement of 3D printing workflows, there are sure to be some groundbreaking innovations as a result of the strengthening of this relationship.

 

 

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