- November 13, 2018
November 13, 2018 - At formnext 2018, Siemens will be unveiling the Simcenter 3D Additive Manufacturing Build Process Simulation, an integrated software solution which simulates the powder-based laser application process to enable ‘first time right’ prints. The solution predicts deformations, overheating and other defects which could occur during the printing process and automatically generates the corrected geometry to compensate for distortion and defects.
Also featured in the Siemens booth at formnext will be integrated and automated solutions for post-processing steps, such as de-powdering and support structure removal. Working in cooperation with machine builder Solukon, Siemens will be demonstrating automated removal of metal powder from complex parts with internal channels and cavities. The SFM-AT800S machine from Solukon is engineered with Siemens’ Simatic controllers and Sinamics drive and motor solutions. To streamline the entire de-powdering process, Siemens is also developing intelligent algorithms that will determine the optimal de-powdering path and automate programming of the machine.
Working with machine builder EOS, Siemens will also demonstrate an automated support structure removal process using a CNC milling machine. A digital twin of the finished 3D printed components, including the support structures, is used as the basis for numerical control (NC) program generation. The process assists the user from initial component positioning in the build space to ensuring the parts are optimally placed for automated machining.
Siemens will explain how the implementation of the digital chain using the new software and hardware solutions within its new Additive Manufacturing facility at Materials Solutions – a Siemens business leverages the full potential of this technology.
Siemens’ Additive Manufacturing Network creates an online and collaborative platform designed to bring on-demand design and engineering knowledge and production capacity for industrial 3D printing to the global manufacturing industry. It connects qualified members to enable innovation of new products using software tools, 3D printing technologies and materials for additive manufacturing. The network benefits part buyers and manufacturing service providers by enabling collaboration, quoting, procurement and order monitoring. This can facilitate the design of products for additive manufacturing, replacement of physical inventories with digital inventories, as well as economical scaling up or down of 3D printing production as needed.