HP and Siemens deepen AM alliance
HP and Siemens have announced an expansion of their strategic alliance in industrial additive manufacturing (AM). The companies will expand their integrated additive manufacturing solution, incorporating new systems and software including overall product lifecycle management (PLM), AM factory optimisation, industrial 3D printing and data intelligence, manufacturing execution, and performance analytics. The integration of HP’s new Jet Fusion 5200 Series 3D printing solution with Siemens’ Digital Enterprise offerings is intended to enable industrial companies to bring 3D printed parts to market faster, more cost-effectively, more sustainably and at higher volumes than before. The companies announced the expanded alliance at an event to celebrate the addition of a new Polymer Competency Center to the Siemens Additive Manufacturing Experience Center (AMEC) in Erlangen, Germany, where HP also unveiled its industrial-performance HP Jet Fusion 5200 Series 3D printing solution.
“We are excited to expand our collaboration with HP,” said Klaus Helmrich, CEO of Siemens Digital Industries. “Innovative partnerships and cutting-edge technologies such as additive manufacturing are essential for the digital transformation of companies across industries. Siemens and HP are thinking ahead to the future and are bringing together the best from both companies in a complete, industry-specific solution that will accelerate the adoption of industrial additive manufacturing and help our customers to increase flexibility, efficiency and speed of digital manufacturing.”
“We are proud to partner with Siemens to make high-performance parts, personalised products and serialised 3D production a reality for our customers,” said Christoph Schell, President of 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing HP. “HP and Siemens share the vision that digital manufacturing systems are catalysts for change — expanded software, data, services and industrial production solutions that lead to new manufacturing capabilities, innovative applications and breakthrough business results for our customers.”
The expanded additive manufacturing solution from Siemens and HP integrates hardware, software, data intelligence and services to optimise the efficiency of the entire manufacturing process, from design and simulation through production planning, execution, quality and control. This integrated, closed-loop environment is said to streamline every phase of designing and 3D printing serialised parts — with greater scale, higher quality and less waste.
“As a provider of solutions and services we want to team up with strong partners that have the necessary expertise in materials and the manufacturing process to support them to produce 3D printing systems,” explained Helmrich.
The solution combines HP’s 3D printing and 3D data platform with Siemens Digital Industries Software including Siemens NX CAD/CAE, NX AM for HP Multi Jet Fusion software module with direct printer interface, undergoing certification by HP for its Jet Fusion 5200 Series to be available later this year, as well as Teamcenter for PLM, Tecnomatix Plant Simulation, Simatic IT for manufacturing execution, and MindSphere for performance analytics and Industrial IoT. HP and Siemens will continue to align future technology roadmaps to ensure customers can capitalise on the ongoing digital manufacturing innovations from both companies.
“HP and Siemens are building on a vision first established in 2016,” said Schell. “Today, thanks to advances in HP’s 3D printing systems and data intelligence portfolio and Siemens AM offerings, the integrated end-to-end solution has reached a level of efficiency that enables industries to viably 3D print high-quality parts at volume production.”
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