7/18/2017 | 1 MINUTE READ

Siemens and Stratasys Partner on Robotic 3D Demonstrator

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The Stratasys Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrator incorporates software, CNC and additive manufacturing technology from both companies.

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Stratasys and Siemens have announced a formal partnership to integrate Siemens Digital Factory solutions with Stratasys additive manufacturing solutions with the goal of incorporating additive manufacturing into the traditional manufacturing workflow. 

The two companies are collaborating on the Stratasys Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrator, which incorporates Siemens’ product lifecycle management (PLM) software and motion control and CNC automation technologies to produce performance parts that are said to be strong and lightweight.

At the core of the 3D demonstrator is Stratasys’ fused deposition modeling (FDM) additive manufacturing technology synchronized to multi-axis motion. It features Stratasys architecture that can integrate subtractive manufacturing, inline inspection and verification, and product finishing. The result is a manufacturing approach that is designed to be unconstrained by the limitations of composite layup and the layer-by-layer limitations and support material requirements of 3D printing.

The workflow for the 3D demonstrator begins with Siemens NX software, which enables designers to create parts, simulate and evaluate the design for manufacturability, and generate and send the instructions for production. Throughout the manufacturing process, performance is controlled and communicated to the manufacturing operations management systems. According to the companies, the result is a seamless CAD-to-product workflow which is designed to streamline production and ensure end-to-end traceability and part quality.

The motion control for the Stratasys Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrator is driven by the Siemens Sinumerik 840D sl CNC. The open architecture of Sinumerik control combines Siemens NC with flexible robot kinematics. The integration with Stratasys extrusion control technologies to execute manufacturing instructions from NX CAM gives freedom for robotic FDM extrusion.

The companies say that this partnership can help many industries realize shorter time-to-market, achieve flexibility in operations and improve efficiency in workflows through horizontal (machine-to-machine) and vertical (plant and top-floor to factory floor) integration.

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