Driving the Industrialization of Additive Manufacturing

Complex interior structures can be generated using the LMF technique. The laser melts the powder in the powder bed to create the desired part contour layer by layer. (Source: Trumpf)

Complex interior structures can be generated using the LMF technique. The laser melts the powder in the powder bed to create the desired part contour layer by layer. (Source: Trumpf)

Laser system manufacturer Trumpf and engineering technology leader Siemens announced a new partnership to help industrialize laser metal fusion technology and make the additive manufacturing process for metal parts an integral part of the production process. The two companies – who announced their partnership at the formnext trade fair in Frankfurt – are pooling their strengths and working together to develop a software solution for the design and preparation of 3D printed metal 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,” said 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.”

The TruPrint 3000 can be used to generate metal parts measuring up to 300 millimeters in diameter and 400 millimeters in height. The system features a 500-watt laser. (Source: Trumpf)

The TruPrint 3000 can be used to generate metal parts measuring up to 300 millimeters in diameter and 400 millimeters in height. The system features a 500-watt laser. (Source: Trumpf)

“These are decisive factors in making additive manufacturing a realistic proposition for industrial applications,” adds 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 optimized for additive manufacturing.”

The solution will integrate the recently announced NX software technology for additive manufacturing with the Trumpf build processor and be sold with Trumpf TruPrint Laser Metal Fusion printers. The new software offers a standardized user interface across the end-to-end additive manufacturing process. It addresses the entire digital process chain in a single, integrated associative software environment, eliminating the need to use separate standalone applications for part design and data preparation. This new software package, TruTops Print with NX, brings all the necessary functions together into one new solution for the additive manufacturing of laser metal fusion parts with Trumpf printing machines.

Links: Siemens PLM Software, Siemens Industry Software GmbH, Cologne, GermanyTrumpf Laser- und Systemtechnik GmbH, Trumpf Group, Ditzingen, Germany

 

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