German laser system manufacturer Trumpf and engineering systems provider Siemens have announced a partnership, in which they will aim to help industrialise laser metal fusion technology and make the Additive Manufacturing process for metal parts an integral part of the production process. The two companies are pooling their strengths and working together to develop a software solution for the design and preparation of metal AM parts.
The aim is to integrate and streamline the entire powder-bed based laser metal fusion (LMF) process for Trumpf printing machines into Siemens NX™ software. The comprehensive offering will address part design and engineering for Additive Manufacturing as well as 3D print preparation with integrated Trumpf build processor technology.
“Our combined solution will offer customers a high degree of process reliability thanks to its use of smart product models through all phases of the process,” stated Tony Hemmelgarn, President and CEO, Siemens PLM Software. “There will be no need for data conversion because the tools for design, simulation, 3D printing and NC programming of metal parts are integrated into one system.”
“These are decisive factors in making Additive Manufacturing a realistic proposition for industrial applications,” added Peter Leibinger, Head of the Trumpf Laser Technology/Electronics Division. “Our partnership will result in an optimum interaction between machine and software so customers can move forward with designs optimised for Additive Manufacturing.”