HP’s 3D Printing Integrated with Siemens’ Flagship NX Software for Product Development, Manufacturing

Siemens – the largest manufacturing company in Europe, and headquartered in Berlin, Germany – reported today that it’s expanding its partnership with HP Inc. in 3D printing for manufacturing and product development.

Building on its existing partnership with HP Inc., the firm says that HP Inc. and Siemens are accelerating 3D printing for industrial production through the creation of a new HP-certified Additive Manufacturing (AM) software module from Siemens. The new software module, Siemens NX AM for HP Multi Jet Fusion, is now available from Siemens PLM Software as an extension to Siemens’ end-to-end design-to-production solution for additive (3D printing) manufacturing.

The NX software module will allow customers to develop and manage parts in a single software environment for their HP 3D-printing projects, and “avoid costly and time-consuming data conversions and third-party tools,” as well as improve their overall design-to-finished-part workflow efficiency.

Siemens and HP are also aligning future technology “roadmaps to enable designers and engineers to completely re-image 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.” This in turn, states Siemens, will lead to greatly expanded opportunities for industrial 3D printing.

Siemens’ new software module will enable NX customers to combine design, optimization, simulation, preparation of print jobs, and inspection processes for HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D printed parts in a managed environment. Users can now load multiple 3D part models into NX, and auto-nest and submit them to an HP 3D printer, all in a single environment and with a minimum of steps. The NX and Multi Jet Fusion integration is also said to eliminates the need for data-conversion between software applications or process steps and, in the future, is intended to allow “unprecedented control, including material characteristics down to the individual voxel-level.” This will result in the ability to print parts with variable textures, density, strength, and friction, as well as thermal, electrical, and conductivity characteristics.

Michelle Bockman, global head of  HP Inc. 3D Printing Commercial Expansion and Development, commented: “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. 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.”

Siemens says that it and HP share the same goal to industrialize additive manufacturing.

HP’s Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing solution is a production-ready, commercial 3D printing system said to provide superior-quality physical parts up to 10 times faster and at half the cost of current 3D-printing systems. With Siemens’ offering covering product life-cycle management (PLM) and electronic design automation (EDA) software, integrated automation ,and manufacturing operations management, combined with HP’s 3D-printing solutions, Siemens says that manufacturers “have the tools to establish additive manufacturing as a truly industrial production process.”

Zvi Feuer, senior vice president of Manufacturing Engineering Software at Siemens PLM Software, commented: “At Siemens, we see additive manufacturing as a transformative digital force that is empowering companies to re-imagine their products and factories to achieve new levels of business performance. 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.”

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