In response to the ongoing global health crisis caused by the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Siemens AG is making its Additive Manufacturing Network, along with its AM machines, available to the global medical community to accelerate the design and production of medical components.
The AM Network connects users, designers and AM service providers to enable faster and less complicated production of spare parts for machines such as ventilators. The network is available globally and covers the entire value chain – from simulation to design validation, up to component Additive Manufacturing and associated services.
Through Siemens’ response initiative, doctors, hospitals and organisations requiring medical devices, as well as designers and service providers with medically certified Additive Manufacturing capacities, can register for free access to the Siemens AM Network. The organisation’s designers and engineers are a part of the AM Network, and can answer design requests and help convert designs into buildable files. These components can then be additively manufactured on the medically certified AM machines of partner companies that are also part of the AM Network.
In addition to the numerous Additive Manufacturing machines whose capacity is accessible via the network, Siemens’ AM machines will also be used to locally additively manufacture components and spare parts for medical devices where suitable. AM capacities from additional service providers can reportedly also be easily added to the AM Network.
“Having worked on Additive Manufacturing for years, we offer AM solutions along the entire value chain and can print 3D parts quickly according to acute demands,” stated Klaus Helmrich, Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG and CEO Siemens Digital Industries. “To help fight COVID-19, we have opened our AM Network for hospitals and other health institutions needing spare medical parts to efficiently manage their design and printing requests.”