Stratasys, Siemens Target Composites in 3D Printing Collaboration

The Holy Grail for additive manufacturing and 3D printing is volume production.

The process has failed to meet the hype of publications such as the Economist and the New York Times because of slow build times and high materials’ costs.  One good production target is composites, particularly those used in aerospace applications.

It was announced today that Stratasys and Siemens are partnering to improve the prospects for additive manufacturing in large-scale production. As part of the new collaboration, the Stratasys Multi-Axis Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrator incorporating Siemens Motion Control hardware and PLM software is being showcased at formnext 2016 this week in Frankfurt, Germany.

It’s an approach for automated composite part production that alters from the traditional print-by-layer mindset of additive manufacturing.

“With our complete 3D printing ecosystem of customer applications, hardware and software platforms, advanced material offerings and consulting services, Stratasys is uniquely positioned to help manufacturers leverage 3D printing to transform their business models,” said Dan Yalon, executive vice president, products, Stratasys

Stratasys and Siemens have been collaborating on multiple projects including the direct link from Siemens’ NX software for CAD/CAM/CAE to Stratasys’ GrabCAD Print platform – enabling an easier design-to-3D print workflow.

“Siemens is enthusiastic about this partnership with Stratasys and the opportunity to help our customers adopt a new manufacturing mindset that we believe will result in better products produced more economically and delivered more efficiently,” said Zvi Feuer, SVP manufacturing engineering software, Siemens PLM Software. “We are committed to the industrialization of additive manufacturing with all of its unique advantages, including complex part geometries, on-demand

At the core of the 3D Demonstrator is Stratasys’ advanced FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) technology synchronized to complex multi-axis motion. It provides the flexibility to integrate subtractive manufacturing, inline inspection and verification and product finishing. Stratasys engineered materials make structures that are optimized for weight and performance. “The result is a new hybrid manufacturing approach that is unconstrained by the traditional limitations of composite lay-up and the layer-by-layer limitations and support material requirements of traditional 3D printing,” stated a press release.

Demonstrator at formnext produces composite parts.

Demonstrator at formnext produces composite parts.

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