Siemens has announced the opening of its new Charlotte Advanced Technology Collaboration Hub (CATCH) located in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. This new strategic research and development hub, initiated by Siemens Digital Industries, Siemens Technology and Siemens Energy, will be used to collaborate with machine builders (OEMs), end-users and laboratories to accelerate the adoption of Additive Manufacturing. The company recently purchased an ElemX metal Additive Manufacturing machine from Xerox and was the first to order ExOne’s new InnoventPro 3L metal Binder Jetting machine, both of which will operate at the new CATCH facility.
“We are excited to launch this new Additive Manufacturing hub and to begin inviting customers in to collaborate and find ways to accelerate the industrialisation of this technology,” stated Tim Bell, Additive Manufacturing Business Manager, Siemens Digital Industries. “The benefits of Additive Manufacturing are clear, from faster time-to-market, to better design through digital prototypes, to localised manufacturing helping to reduce supply chain constraints. We believe that the future of manufacturing is additive.”
Dr Hallee Deutchman, Head of Research in Materials and Industrialized Manufacturing (US) for Siemens Technology added, “The CATCH centre will not only help industrialise Additive Manufacturing, but also help incubate and grow the next generation of cutting-edge technology to solve industry’s hardest manufacturing problems.”
Siemens adds that it aims to empower its network of partners and customers to create, make and use additive applications at scale. CATCH will be the entry point for many manufacturers to understand how and why AM is crucial to designing products more effectively, manufacturing them closer to the point of purchase and creating a more resilient supply chain.
In order to support its customers at CATCH, Siemens has accumulated a group of experts from several Siemens businesses and operating companies. CATCH will become one of seven hubs strategically placed at major Additive Manufacturing ecosystems around the world, with a focus on facilitating customer AM journeys.