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Managing Editor  | October 2017

HP and Siemens announce partnership to accelerate 3-D printing for industry

HP Inc. and Siemens recently announced that they are forming a partnership to try and accelerate 3-D printing technology for industrial-scale production through the HP-certified additive manufacturing (AM) software module that Siemens created.



The new Siemens software integrates all parts of the 3-D printing process.
(Siemens PLM)


The module, Siemens NX AM for HP Multi-Jet Fusion 3-D printing technology, is offered as an extension to Siemens’ design-to-production suite. It allows users to “develop and manage parts in a single software environment for their HP 3D Printing projects.”


This software promises to avoid data conversions and third-party tools that can cause time-consuming and often costly inefficiencies in the production process.


“Siemens and HP are also aligning future technology roadmaps to enable designers and engineers to completely reimagine products to take advantage of HP’s 3D printing capabilities, escape the limitations of conventional manufacturing, and cost-effectively produce new products at faster speeds,” the announcement explained.


NX users will be able to combines the design, optimization, simulation, preparation of print jobs, and the inspection process into a “managed environment.” Users can load multiple 3-D part models into NX where they will automatically filter to the printer with a minimum of steps. It will also allow greater control and precision in the formation of new parts.


That control will enable the creation of parts with variable textures, densities, and strengths, as well as thermal and electrical conductivities.


“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.


“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.”


Zvi Feuer, senior vice president of Manufacturing Engineering Software, Siemens PLM Software, said, “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.


“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.”


Watch a video about the new software at https://community.plm.automation.siemens.com/t5/News-NX-Manufacturing/Siemens-continues-driving-toward-our-vision-to-industrialize/ba-p/430769

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