Sintavia has entered into a three-year agreement with Siemens Digital Industries Software to develop an end-to-end additive manufacturing (AM) software solution as a part of Siemens’ Xcelerator™ portfolio.
Siemens is acknowledged for its expertise in different industries. The giant has a wide range of trademarks. Xcelerator stands out from the crowd as it aims to integrate the entire Siemens Digital Industries Software portfolio with embedded tools and databases connecting current and future information technology, operational technology, and engineering technology environments.
To achieve that, the company combines what we used to know as the Siemens Digital Innovation Platform with MindSphere, Siemens Cloud Solutions, Mentor, and Mendix. The ultimate goal? Enables manufacturers to build, integrate and extend existing data and network systems.
As part of this agreement, Sintavia will test and share any technical feedback on pre-released software. This exercise is crucial for both Sintavia and the industry. Indeed, not only, will Sintavia detect areas for improvements for AM but it will also become a preferred AM partner of Siemens.
Brian Neff, CEO at Sintavia stressed that the value of the Siemens AM solution goes beyond digitally connecting the various phases of the AM process. “We’ve developed a lot of tribal knowledge on how to deliver quality 3D printed metal parts,” he explained. “But we recognize that we can’t just rely on individual expertise to meet the accelerating demand in aerospace for additive manufacturing. We need software to codify the processes we undertake, and not just connect them in a digital thread, but automate them, take our know-how and have it drive activities in the background, so we can achieve optimal efficiency.”
As for Aaron Frankel, Vice President of the AM Program for Siemens Digital Industries Software, he points out that “the collaboration with Sintavia is vital to [their] efforts to develop an automated end-to-end solution that spans the entire AM lifecycle—from designing an optimized part, preparing it 3D printing and simulating its build, to planning serial production, executing on the shop floor, and delivering a qualified part.”
“Sintavia can provide the kind of technical feedback we need to build AM know-how into our digital twin and make the system the expert as opposed to the user. This is a critical step to making additive more widely embraced for volume production. Unlike traditional manufacturing, additive is a process where we don’t have decades of established knowledge that is readily communicated, whether in software or through technical education. Companies can’t afford to make everyone in the AM process an expert; they need the software to automate some tasks, work in the background, and make additive more of a push-button process”, Frankel continued.
As part of the three-year agreement, the two companies also plan to achieve joint sales and marketing activities. Lastly, they will organize several events at Sintavia’s facility to showcase Siemens’ AM solution in an industrialized additive production environment.
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