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Sintavia and Siemens Collaboration Aims to Develop End-to-End AM Software

Wednesday, September 9, 2020
 

Sintavia, LLC is set to collaborate with Siemens Digital Industries Software on the development of end-to-end additive manufacturing (AM) software as a part of Siemens’ Xcelerator portfolio. As per a signed agreement between the two companies, Sintavia will provide testing and technical feedback on pre-released software that will be part of future AM solutions. In exchange, Sintavia becomes a preferred AM partner of Siemens and gains access to the software in advance of the market, along with technical support for its implementation.


This simulation, designed by Sintavia using Siemens Xcelerator simulation software, shows an aerospace nozzle guide-vane ring, both with and without supports.
“The end-to-end solution that Siemens has been developing is absolutely essential to making additive a viable manufacturing process,” says Brian Neff, Sintavia CEO. “We’re excited to be collaborating with Siemens to help make industrialized additive manufacturing a reality.”

Neff stresses that the value of the Siemens AM solution goes beyond digitally connecting the various phases of the AM process.

“We’ve developed a lot of tribal knowledge on how to deliver quality 3D-printed metal parts,” he explains, “but we recognize that we can’t just rely on individual expertise to meet the accelerating demand in aerospace for AM. We need software to codify the processes we undertake, and not just connect them in a digital thread, but automate them, take our know-how and have it drive activities in the background, so that we can achieve optimal efficiency.”

Siemens officials see the collaboration with Sintavia as vital to Siemens’ efforts to develop an automated end-to-end solution that spans the entire AM lifecycle—from designing an optimized part, preparing it for 3D printing and simulating its build, to planning serial production, executing on the shop floor, and delivering a qualified part.

“With its depth of experience and track record in the market, Sintavia can provide the kind of technical feedback we need to build AM know-how into our digital twin and make the system the expert as opposed to the user,” says Aaron Frankel, vice president of the AM Program for Siemens Digital Industries Software. “This is a critical step to making additive more widely embraced for volume production. Unlike traditional manufacturing, additive is a process where we don’t have decades of established knowledge that is readily communicated, whether in software or through technical education. Companies can’t afford to make everyone in the AM process an expert; they need the software to automate some tasks, work in the background and make additive more of a push-button process.”

As part of the three-year agreement, the two companies will collaborate on sales and marketing activities, and plan to organize events at Sintavia’s Hollywood, FL, facility that will showcase Siemens’ AM solution in an industrialized additive production environment. The companies also plan to include sustainability as a major focus of the collaboration.

 

See also: Sintavia LLC, Siemens Industry, Inc.


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