Siemens Digital Industries Software has announced that its Additive Manufacturing Network platform has been implemented at Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG, a global automotive and industrial supplier, to connect its design engineers with the AM Fab Shop. As demand for additively manufactured parts grows among its R&D designers and engineers, Schaeffler has chosen Siemens’ AM Network as the single platform for all engineering/technical collaboration throughout the entire AM order-to-delivery process.
Siemens’ AM Network digitalises AM workflows (order-to-delivery process chain) of its customers and partners in aid of them applying AM on an industrial scale, thus scaling their businesses. Utilising the network, companies are enabled to build their own AM ecosystem (both internally and with their trusted external suppliers/partners), as well as joining the existing AM Network ecosystem.
The cloud-native platform is said to enable users to take advantage of the benefits of Additive Manufacturing more quickly, efficiently and at a greater rate of scale by digitalising and streamlining AM workflows. R&D designers and engineers are guided through the AM part qualification process, as defined by the AM Fab Shop, while shop floor operations and machine utilisation are streamlined. Time and effort can be saved with increased throughput whilst attempting to foster an understanding of the benefits of AM, better formalisation of practices and, ultimately, more efficient execution and timely delivery of successfully additively manufactured parts.
“Siemens‘ Additive Manufacturing Network platform was selected not only to assist orchestrating the end-to-end order-to-delivery process for industrial Additive Manufacturing, but was perceived as a long-term partner to grow with and to explore further opportunities to create a fully digitised end-to-end AM workflow and value chain,” stated Carsten Merklein, VP Advanced Manufacturing Technologies, Schaeffler. “The Additive Manufacturing Network also perfectly blends into the Siemens’ NX implementation currently being evaluated for AM at Schaeffler.”
Schaeffler will present at the virtual Siemens AM Summit 2021 from November 30-December 1 with a presentation entitled ‘AM made easy – how Schaeffler facilitates implementation and usage of AM with Siemens AM Network”.
Siemens Additive Manufacturing team will present alongside Schaeffler at Formnext 2021.