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Siemens and EOS North America Partner to Improve AM Efficiency and Profitability

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The integration of NX AM software with EOS’ job and process management software EOSPRINT 2 enables users to generate EOS build files directly in NX, defining material, exposure sets, and beam offset values, among other variables.
  • EOS North America to integrate and resell Siemens’ additive manufacturing (AM) software into its 3D printing systems
  • Partnership will unify the process for industrialized additive manufacturing, leveraging capabilities across the AM digital thread to deliver more profitable AM factories

Siemens Digital Industries Software and EOS North America announced today an expansion of their partnership, which can help improve efficiency and profitability and increase the adoption of industrialized additive manufacturing. Through this agreement, EOS North America, the leading technology provider for industrial 3D printing of metal and polymer, will be able to resell Siemens’ software solutions for Additive Manufacturing (AM) with its machines. This can provide customers with build preparation and build optimization, as well as connectivity to critical upstream design and downstream production processes.

“The ability to offer our customers a combination of Siemens’ AM software with EOS machines is an important step toward industrializing additive manufacturing for larger-scale production,” said Andrew Snow, senior vice president of EOS North America. “We want to ensure that our customers can be as successful printing their first part today as they will their ten-thousandth part tomorrow, which means our machines must go beyond build preparation to connect to the entire end-to-end AM process. This new agreement with Siemens will help accomplish this and we’re excited to partner with Siemens as a reseller of their AM solutions.”  

In addition to integrating EOS’ job and process management software EOSPRINT 2 with Siemens’ NX™ software, EOS will begin to resell NX AM build preparation and its AM Build Optimizer software for part orientation and support structure optimization to metal additive customers. The combined capabilities of these solutions can give EOS customers greater confidence that they’ve prepared their 3D printed parts to best accomplish their goals of first-time-right printing. In addition, the combination of EOS and Siemens solutions will allow EOS customers to leverage other Siemens capabilities across the AM digital thread, including design for additive, topology optimization, build process simulation, materials engineering and durability analysis, design validation, scheduling and execution, process automation, performance monitoring and product lifecycle management. 

Siemens and EOS have a longstanding partnership in advancing industrialized additive manufacturing, which began in 2016, when EOS integrated its EOSPRINT software into Siemens’ NX software, and was extended in 2018, when Siemens provided automation and drive technology for the new EOS M 300 Series and EOS P 500 Series machines. This new agreement further expands this partnership by enabling EOS North America to resell products in Siemens’ end-to-end solution for industrialized additive manufacturing as part of its Xcelerator™ portfolio of software and services.

“With this agreement, EOS and Siemens can greatly improve the efficiency and profitability of the AM factory,” added Aaron Frankel, Vice President of the AM Program for Siemens Digital Industries Software. “Instead of only providing the build preparation for a single machine, customers can now leverage a unified process upstream to transform design, and downstream to realize high-volume AM factory production. This unified process is critical for industrialized AM.”

The difference between Siemens’ end-to-end additive design-through-manufacturing environment and point solution alternatives is that every phase of the AM development is connected via a single, associative digital thread. “Point solutions introduce time-consuming, error-prone inefficiencies into the AM workflow,” said Frankel. “Customers often have to interrupt their process to convert data for different software environments. And the problems with this approach are compounded with every change that’s required.”

Sintavia LLC, a designer and additive manufacturer of critical thermal components for the aerospace, defense, and space industry, has been building an end-to-end additive manufacturing workflow leveraging the NX AM Print Driver for EOSPRINT and NX AM Build Preparation and AM Build Optimizer. They also recently purchased two M4K-4 printers which are stretched versions of the EOS M400-4 printer. “This move by EOS North America to more tightly integrate Siemens AM software into its 3D printing systems perfectly aligns with our goal to create a seamless automated AM digital thread from design through production,” said Brian Neff, CEO of Sintavia. “If we’re going to make additive manufacturing a truly industrialized process, we need to ensure that the entire workflow is as efficient as possible. A strong technical integration between EOS and Siemens software not only helps with build preparation, optimization and 3D printing, but it enables tighter connection to every other phase across the AM value chain.”   

As part of the reseller agreement, Siemens Digital Industries Software will train the EOS Additive Minds technical consulting team on NX AM and AM Build Optimizer software. Additive Minds, in turn, will train EOS customers on the use of Siemens’ AM solutions. The two organizations have also agreed on an extensive framework for providing in-depth technical support.

For more information, please see https://blogs.sw.siemens.com/additive/aa-e11.

Siemens Digital Industries Software is driving transformation to enable a digital enterprise where engineering, manufacturing and electronics design meet tomorrow. The Xcelerator portfolio helps companies of all sizes create and leverage digital twins that provide organizations with new insights, opportunities and levels of automation to drive innovation. For more information on Siemens Digital Industries Software products and services, visit siemens.com/software or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Siemens Digital Industries Software – Where today meets tomorrow.

Siemens Digital Industries (DI) is an innovation leader in automation and digitalization. Closely collaborating with partners and customers, DI drives the digital transformation in the process and discrete industries. With its Digital Enterprise portfolio, DI provides companies of all sizes with an end-to-end set of products, solutions and services to integrate and digitalize the entire value chain. Optimized for the specific needs of each industry, DI’s unique portfolio supports customers to achieve greater productivity and flexibility. DI is constantly adding innovations to its portfolio to integrate cutting-edge future technologies. Siemens Digital Industries has its global headquarters in Nuremberg, Germany, and has around 76,000 employees internationally.

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