In 2016, EOS North America integrated its EOSPRINT software into Siemens NX software, launching a long-standing partnership between the two that primarily focuses on the advancement and adoption of industrial 3D printing. In 2018, Siemens provided automation and drive technology for EOS’s new M 300 and P 500 series printers, and now the two have announced that their partnership is growing again. As part of this expanded agreement, EOS will integrate and resell Siemens AM software solutions with its own printers, which will unify the industrialized AM process to achieve more profitable AM factories.
In addition to improving the efficiency and profitability of AM, this integrated reseller agreement will provide customers with connectivity to upstream design and downstream production processes, and also give them access to preparation and optimization. construction.
“With this agreement, EOS and Siemens can greatly improve the efficiency and profitability of the AM plant. Instead of providing only build preparation for a single machine, customers can now take advantage of a unified process upstream to transform the design and downstream to achieve high volume AM factory production, ”Aaron Frankel, vice president of AM program for Siemens Digital Industries Software. , said in a press release. “This unified process is essential for industrialized AM. “
This extended agreement allows EOS North America to resell Siemens industrialized AM solution products as part of its Xcelerator portfolio, which has every sentence of AM development connected by a digital wire, the exact opposite of what we call a point solution.
“Point solutions introduce time-consuming and error-prone inefficiencies into the AM workflow. Customers often have to interrupt their process to convert data for different software environments. And the problems with this approach are compounded by each change required, ”explained Frankel.
EOS will integrate its own EOSPRINT 2 work and process management software solution with Siemens NX software, and will resell NX AM and AM Build Optimizer construction preparation software to metal 3D printing customers so that they can optimize their structures. support and better orient their parts. By combining these two software solutions, EOS customers will be able to access and use all of Siemens AM capabilities, such as:
- construction process simulation
- design validation
- materials engineering and sustainability analysis
- product lifecycle management
- planning and execution
- design for additive
- performance monitoring
- process automation
- topology optimization
With the ability to harness all of these capabilities combined, EOS says its customers can rest easy knowing that their 3D printed parts were created “to best achieve their goals of printing right the first time.”
“The ability to offer our customers a combination of Siemens AM software with EOS machines is an important step towards industrializing additive manufacturing for larger scale production. We want to make sure our customers can print their first part today as successfully as they will tomorrow, which means our machines have to go beyond build preparation to connect to the whole. of the end-to-end AM process, ”Andrew Snow, senior vice president of EOS North America, said in a press release. “This new agreement with Siemens will help accomplish that and we are delighted to partner with Siemens as a reseller of their AM solutions. “
One example is the designer and manufacturer of critical thermal components Sintavia LLC, which recently purchased two M4K-4 3D printers, essentially elongated versions of the EOS M400-4. The company leverages the partnership between EOS and Siemens by creating an end-to-end AM workflow that makes good use of NX AM build preparation and AM build optimizer and NX AM print driver for EOSPRINT .
“This decision by EOS North America to more closely integrate Siemens AM software into its 3D printing systems aligns perfectly with our goal of creating an automated and transparent digital AM wire from design to production. If we are to make additive manufacturing a truly industrialized process, we need to make sure that the entire workflow is as efficient as possible, ”said Brian Neff, CEO of Sintavia. “Strong technical integration between EOS and Siemens software not only helps with construction preparation, optimization and 3D printing, but also enables a closer connection with all other phases of the value chain. AM. “
Siemens Digital Industries Software will train the EOS Additive Minds technical consulting team in the use of NX AM and AM Build Optimizer software as part of the reseller agreement, and Additive Minds will teach EOS customers how to use the Siemens AM software solutions. In addition, companies have already agreed on a framework that will offer full technical support.