11/29/2016 | 1 MINUTE READ

Trumpf and Siemens Partner to Develop Software for Metal Additive Manufacturing

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The partnership will integrate Trumpf’s laser metal fusion process into Siemens NX software.

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Laser system manufacturer Trumpf and engineering technology supplier Siemens have announced a 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 are 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.

According to the companies, the resulting comprehensive offering, TruTops Print with NX, will address part design and engineering for additive manufacturing as well as 3D print preparation with integrated Trumpf build processor technology. The solution will integrate NX software technology for additive manufacturing with the Trumpf build processor and be sold with Trumpf TruPrint LMF printers. The new TruTops Print with NX software offers a standardized user interface across the end-to-end additive manufacturing process. According to Siemens, the software addresses the entire digital process chain in a single, integrated associative software environment, eliminating the need to use separate stand-alone applications for part design and data preparation.

“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, CEO and president, 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.”

“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.”

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