Siemens’ product lifecycle management business has developed a system integrating design, simulation, digital manufacturing, data and process management software for additive manufacturing (AM). According to the company, the integrated solution will use smart product models through all phases without the need for conversion or translation between applications or processes.

‘Siemens PLM Software is pushing the additive manufacturing envelope by developing solutions to help create functionally optimized geometry that is inconceivable based on conventional design and manufacturing methods,’said Dr Ken Versprille, executive consultant, CIMdata. ‘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 putting that vision in place to move the industry forward.’

The new additive manufacturing solution will include Siemens’ NX software, an integrated computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering (CAD/CAM/CAE) solution, the newly announced Simcenter portfolio, Teamcenter digital lifecycle management software, and SIMATIC IT unified architecture discrete manufacturing and SIMATIC WinCC, two elements of Siemens’ manufacturing operations management (MOM) portfolio.

In addition to these new technologies, Siemens is also introducing a new 3D print preparation solution for both metal and plastic parts that will use the same smart product models from the design and simulation phase to help automate design changes and streamline the entire process. 

This story is reprinted from material from Siemenswith editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.