Siemens Launches Additive Manufacturing Network
Siemens announced today the official launch and general availability of the Siemens Additive Manufacturing (AM) Network following successful pilot implementations with customers and partners, including Decathlon, Siemens Gas & Power, Siemens Mobility, HP and Materialise. The Siemens AM Network provides a cloud-based platform designed to foster collaboration and process orchestration between engineers, procurement and suppliers of 3D printed parts. Providing an end-to-end digital process that connects the demand for parts with a supplier network is expected to enable globally distributed manufacturing.
The Siemens AM Network is designed for enterprises, suppliers and partners that are looking to accelerate the adoption of AM for industrial processes and applications. It digitalizes the order-to-delivery process by aligning the engineering and commercial processes for high-quality AM functional prototypes and serial production parts, Siemens says. The system connects buyers with a global supplier network which streamlines the process, fosters collaboration and engagement, and orchestrates the workflow to increase throughput and reduce operational costs. As part of the Siemens’ suite of Software as a Service (SaaS) products, the AM Network meets the most stringent requirements for security, availability and regulatory compliance, the company says.
“Siemens’ additive manufacturing experts and industry veterans have developed the additive manufacturing network based on a clear understanding of the complexities and needs of the industry, fostered by a sincere passion to promote the adoption of AM in the industrial domain,” says Zvi Feuer, senior vice president of manufacturing engineering at Siemens Digital Industries Software. “As buyers, sellers and partners continue to plug into the ecosystem, they will find a streamlined, modular solution that can grow with each company’s individual needs.”
Earlier in 2019, Siemens and HP introduced a joint additive manufacturing solution targeting the automotive industry and other key industrial markets. That partnership is expanding with the integration of HP’s 3D printing technology and Digital Manufacturing Network partners with the Siemens AM Network. The HP Digital Manufacturing Network is a global community of digital manufacturing service providers with the capabilities to help design, produce and deliver high-quality plastic and metal final parts at scale using HP‘s Multi Jet Fusion and Metal Jet 3D printing products.
The Siemens AM Network is now open for registration at additive-manufacturing-network.sws.siemens.com.
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