Sep 6, 2017 | By Benedict

Siemens and HP have partnered to integrate HP’s Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology with Siemens’ flagship NX software for product development and manufacturing. The software has been certified by HP.

Siemens and HP are no strangers to one another, having partnered last year to help improve the HP Jet Fusion 3D printer upon its launch. But now that relationship has a more concrete objective: integrating Siemens manufacturing software with the game-changing Jet Fusion 3D printer.

“HP and Siemens are bringing together the best in design and manufacturing workflow software for the best in 3D printing, unleashing a wave of new product possibilities with the speed, quality, and economics required for the modern digital industrial era,” said Michelle Bockman, global head of 3D Printing Commercial Expansion and Development, HP Inc.

The new software is called Siemens NX AM for HP Multi Jet Fusion, and is now available from Siemens PLM Software as an extension to Siemens’ end-to-end design-to-production solution for additive manufacturing.

And the software promises a lot for HP 3D printer users. The module will purportedly allow HP customers to “develop and manage parts in a single software environment, avoid costly and time-consuming data conversions and third-party tools, and improve their overall design-to-finished-part workflow efficiency.”

The companies are also working on “future technology roadmaps” to enable designers and engineers to radically rethink the products they are designing in a way that takes full advantage of the capabilities of 3D printing. The companies say these roadmaps could lead to “greatly expanded opportunities” in industrial additive manufacturing.

The new NX AM software will offer users a managed environment in which they can combine the design, optimization, simulation, preparation of print jobs, and inspection processes for parts printed on the HP Multi Jet Fusion printer. Using the software, users can load multiple 3D part models into NX, before auto nesting and sending them to an HP 3D printer. Integration of the software also eliminates the need for data conversion between multiple software applications.

“We look forward to collaborating with Siemens to continually raise the industry bar on what’s possible for customers with the voxel-level design capabilities of our Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing solutions,” Bockman added.

In the future, the NX software will give HP 3D printer users unprecedented control over their prints, including over their material characteristics down to the individual voxel level. This, the companies say, will result in the ability to print parts with variable textures, density, strength, and friction, as well as thermal, electrical, and conductivity characteristics.

HP claims that its Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology can print 10 times faster and at half the cost of comparable solutions. It works by depositing powder from a print bar equipped with 30,000 nozzles spraying 350 million fusing agent droplets per second.

HP’s 3D printing solution is available in two models: the lower-cost 3200 and higher-cost 4200.

“The new HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution delivers a combination of speed, quality, and cost never seen in the industry,” said Stephen Nigro, president of HP’s 3D printing business, at the time of the printer’s launch. “Businesses and manufacturers can completely rethink how they design and deliver solutions to their customers.”

And with the addition of the Siemens software, HP’s printing solution just got that bit more attractive.

“Deepening our partnership with HP and driving their innovative 3D printing technology is especially important as companies look to increase speed to market, differentiate on product performance, simplify production and supply chain operations, and implement new business models,” commented Zvi Feuer, senior vice president of Manufacturing Engineering Software, Siemens PLM Software.

Feuer added: “As products become more complex and individualized, we look forward to the next frontier of 3D printed parts with multiple materials, tunable mechanical properties and integrated electronics.”



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