May 18, 2016 | By Tess

Siemens, the global electronics and industrial conglomerate, has just announced an important partnership with HP Inc., which just yesterday unveiled its Jet Fusion 3D Printer. Together, the companies will work towards transforming additive manufacturing from a prototyping technology to a viable option for full production utilization. With the unveiling of the HP Jet Fusion 3D printer, which can print at 10 times the speed for half the cost of existing 3D printing systems, and Siemens’ additive manufacturing software, which is aimed at fulfilling the HP printer’s full potential, this transformation might just be around the corner.

According to a press release from the company, Siemens’ 3D printing software will allow for both multi-material and multi-color 3D printing on both the new Multi Jet Fusion system and HP’s Jet Fusion 3D printers. The software, which is aimed at maximizing the high-precision printers’ potentials, is capable of increasing print control and controlling both color and material properties down to the voxel (3D pixel). These advantages, along with the quicker speeds and reduced costs of the new 3D printing systems, will make additive manufacturing a solid option for the manufacturing of final parts and product development.

Chuck Grindstaff, President and Chief Executive Offiver at Siemens PLM Software says of the collaboration, “Additive manufacturing technology is bringing about an industrial revolution in manufacturing, allowing business to use 3D printing to realize creativity and innovation in product development. HP’s new 3D printing technology driven by Siemens’ additive manufacturing software will provide engineers a new level of design freedom, customization and speed. Companies will be able develop products that perform better with less weight and more strength. They will be able to print assembly components as one part with varying characteristics, saving time and money while reducing the chance of manufacturing errors. These new capabilities will change how parts are made but more importantly how products are envisioned.”

With the end goal of industrializing 3D printing technologies, Siemens has developed a software capable of keeping up with hardware advancements, which gives makers the ability to optimize their printer’s capabilities. As mentioned, the software offers designers and makers control of their design down to the voxel, which includes such properties as texture, density, strength, friction, and electrical and thermal characteristics. With voxel-like design precision, 3D printers such as HP’s Jet Fusion can be used to make much higher quality parts with a greater design possibility. Siemens’ end-to-end design suite consists of PLM software, integrated automation, and manufacturing operations management.

Stephen Nigro, President of HP’s 3D printing business explains, “For customers to take full advantage of HP’s new Multi Jet Fusion technology’s ability to control material and part characteristics at the voxel level, CAD/CAM/CAE systems have to support advanced design and analysis techniques. Siemens software expertise in product lifecycle management combined with HP innovation will help elevate 3D printing from a prototyping solution into production.”

The collaboration with HP Inc. is not Siemens first foray into additive manufacturing technologies as the company has been a proponent for a wide variety of 3D printing applications. For instance, earlier this year the global technology company invested €21.4 million to open a state-of-the-art metal 3D printing facility in Sweden, while just last month the company unveiled SiSpis, a cluster of 3D printing spider robots, as well as announced their partnership with Local Motors for a large-scale 3D printed car manufacturing development. With their latest innovation and partnership with HP Inc. who have just released one of the most promising 3D printer systems of late, there is little doubt Siemens is at the fore of industrializing additive manufacturing technologies.



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