Siemens announced the launch of Additive Manufacturing Network, a new online collaborative platform designed to bring on-demand design and engineering expertise, knowledge, digital tools, and production capacity for industrial 3D printing to the global manufacturing industry.
Planned for rollout in mid-2018, the platform has launched with an early adopter program for designers and engineers, manufacturing service providers, 3D printing machine OEMs, material vendors and software providers to join the new ecosystem.
By accelerating the distribution of knowledge, as well as streamlining, monitoring and securing the transactions and commercial processes for sourcing high-quality functional prototypes and serial production parts, Siemens' Additive Manufacturing Network looks to reduce the overall adoption risk of additive manufacturing and create new business opportunities for all members of the global manufacturing community.
"Additive Manufacturing (AM) will unfold its full disruptive potential if we enable direct access to highly valuable services, globally available AM systems and crucial knowledge for engineers, designers and machine operators," said Güngör Kara, chief digital officer at EOS. "Siemens' Additive Manufacturing Network can help establish these connections and make them accessible to the general market with the aim of facilitating innovative AM parts and creating high-performing AM production cells within a smart and fully digital factory."
Siemens' Additive Manufacturing Network creates an open ecosystem that instantly connects highly qualified members to co-innovate and help realize new products using the latest software tools, printing technologies and materials for additive manufacturing. Part buyers and manufacturing service providers can benefit from streamlined collaboration, quoting, procurement and order monitoring processes. This can facilitate the design of innovative 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. This is the next step in the Siemens vision to digitally transform the global manufacturing industry and accelerate delivery of reimagined parts made with industrial additive manufacturing.
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