Partner network for advancing industrial applications and innovations
Together with strategic partners, at this year’s Formnext Siemens is presenting a selection of real-life additive manufacturing applications, which illustrate the end-to-end process for four widely used AM technologies: binder jetting, powder bed fusion, material extrusion and directed energy deposition. “All of our industrial additive appli-cations have been developed in close partnership with machine builders and users. Their success is based on end-to-end solutions for specific industrial applications. Our tools for development, simulation, production preparation and 3D printing are con-nected in a seamless system, the Digital Enterprise portfolio, and seamlessly inte-grated into our partners’ production solutions. In recent months, we significantly ex-panded this portfolio by adding further innovations,” explains Dr. Karsten Heuser, Vice President Additive Manufacturing at Siemens Digital Industries. The in¬novations developed with partners, enable support for a broader range of industrial applications and are driven by the seamless digitalization of the entire process chain – design, production planning, production engineering, production execution and services.
Significant progress has been made in the optimization of the printing process for powder-based additive manufacturing. Local overheating, which can arise when the laser moves over the powder on preprogrammed paths, can adversely affect the print-ing process or the part geometry. With NX AM Path Optimizer, a new beta technology integrated in NX software, Siemens demonstrates how to locally adapt and optimize the printing process during production planning through a machine learning algorithm trained using synthetic data from a multi-physics simulation. The AM Path Optimizer technology quickly calculates and corrects laser paths and process parameters as it detects imminent overheating. This technology complements the Simcenter 3D Additive Manufacturing Process Simulation launched last year and is being demon-strated with TRUMPF as a partner.
In the field of machinery equipment, Siemens and SCANLAB are presenting an inte-grated control solution for manufacturers who build machines for a wide range of laser processing methods. This jointly developed solution integrates a scanning head con¬trol into the machine controller. A shared IPC platform for PLC, HMI and scanning head control combines all automation tasks in one system, which enables faster queries thanks to reduced interfaces.
In September of this year, a strategic partnership agreement was signed with Farsoon, a leading Chinese manufacturer in the powder bed fusion technology segment. The first result of this cooperation is the new and efficient FS301M industrial metal printing system. The system is equipped with Siemens automation technology from the Digital Enterprise portfolio and will be presented at the Farsoon booth.
With CEAD, a technology supplier of 3D printing equipment for fiber rein-forced materials on a big scale, Siemens showcases their latest innovation, the AM Flexbot. The machine consists of a Comau robot arm, controlled by Sinumerik Run MyRobot /Direct Control and is equipped with a single screw extruder. With this, the AM Flexbot achieves great precision despite of complex robot movements, which enables large scale 3D printing and even a combination of printing and milling to create final contours. The printing of large fiber reinforced parts becomes reality with CEAD's multiple 3D printing solutions.