A consortium comprising Siemens, DyeMansion, BASF Forward AM, EOS and HP have launched the Additive Manufacturing Industrialisation Navigator (AM I Navigator) at this year’s Formnext. The aim of the initiative is to provide companies looking to adopt the technology with more detailed information and guidance on each stage of the process. This will then enable these companies find ways to scale and integrate Additive Manufacturing into their production workflows.
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By applying a ‘Maturity Check’ for each company, the status of their Additive Manufacturing journey can be analysed. The check, based on the Siemens Digital Manufacturing Excellence learnings, is a structured approach that will show the current level of AM and the potential for improvement for the company in question.
Depending on the use case and business model, a company will be shown as being at different maturity levels. These range from basic manual production to fully autonomous AM production.
Based on this structured approach, detailed recommendations are available for action on how production can be further developed in the respective company. It is particularly important that the individual steps in the process chain are coordinated with each other. Suitable action steps will lead to the individually desired target state – depending on the application and maturity level of the company.
The results from the checks are made available to the respective company and may act as best practices to provide a detailed picture of the evolvement of industrial Additive Manufacturing.
The consortium have stated that other Additive Manufacturing technology providers are welcome to join the AM I Navigator initiative. The initiative is also open to representatives from other industries.
A joint panel of all participants in the AM I Navigator initiative will introduce the platform at Formnext. The presentation will be held on the Technology Stage on Wednesday November 8 from 16:15-16.45.