Automation Software Digitizes Subtractive, Additive Part Manufacturing

Siemens is releasing the latest version of the NX software for additive manufacturing, CNC machining, robotics and quality inspection, enabling the digitization of part manufacturing within a single, integrated end-to-end system.

Siemens is releasing the latest version of the NX software for additive manufacturing, CNC machining, robotics and quality inspection, enabling the digitization of part manufacturing within a single, integrated end-to-end system. Advanced automation capabilities like robotic programming, adaptive milling and tooling design provide industry-specific technology to help deliver quality products to the market in less time. It continues to support end-to-end solutions for additive manufacturing, helping manufacturers realize the goal of using 3D printing for industrial production.

New automation enhancements expand production efficiency and reduce cost. Robotic programming technology provides the ability to automate complete manufacturing cells, including programming robots to perform machining and pick-and-place operations.  Adaptive milling leverages automation within the software to reduce machining cycles by up to 60 percent while extending tool life. Tube milling streamlines the five-axis programming process by eliminating preparation and minimizing inputs.

Mold and die manufacturers can now automatically and accurately determine tool production costs through seamless integration between NX and the Teamcenter portfolio. Engineers can use NX to automatically recognize features and parameters on the desired part, and provide pertinent information to Teamcenter, which can precisely calculate the tool cost.

The NX Machining Line Planner enables feature recognition, distribution, balancing, programming and simulation of operations over multiple setups and machines. Particularly helpful for industries with high-volume production of complicated parts with many features, it uses a digital twin of the complete machining line to optimize the entire process.

The software expands the new additive manufacturing solution by including the new module, NX AM for HP Multi Jet Fusion, which is certified by HP and powered by Materialise. It prepares print jobs for HP Jet Fusion 4200 3D printers, and it allows customers to develop and manage parts in a single software environment for 3D printing solutions.