3D-printing of custom-made shoe sole
Design, fit, and color: New shoes have to please their owner, and that’s especially true for the sole. In a new virtual factory, Siemens, EOS, and DyeMansion are demonstrating how each of these factors can be realized economically. With this reference factory for selective laser sintering with polymers, Siemens is expanding its digital Additive Manufacturing Experience Center.
The automated chain of coordinated production steps from all suppliers, from design and printing to post-processing, as well as end-to-end IT integration, is crucial for high productivity and maximum flexibility. This applies to series parts as well as to a highly flexible lot-size-1 production for individualized products or spare parts.
Therefore, together with its partners EOS and DyeMansion and its end-to-end digitization and automation solutions, Siemens has created a seamlessly integrated end-to-end value chain for industrial additive manufacturing with selective laser sintering and industrial postprocessing solutions using polymers.
For volume production, the EOS P 500, which can be seamlessly integrated into an automated production, is being used within this cooperation. The EOS P 500 manufacturing platform is ideally suited for laser-sintering of plastic parts on an industrial scale.
For small, highly flexible AM factory cells, the FORMIGA P 110 systems are being used, which can now also access the NX design tools directly thanks to the EOSPRINT integration. With the NX design tools, users can design complex lattice structures and, using the example of the footwear application, simulate the digital twin of the created midsole in action on the people who wear it.
When it comes to post-processing, DyeMansion's coordinated three-step print-to-product workflow allows scaling from prototyping or small series production to additive series production. The integrated Siemens automation can be implemented in industrial shop-floor IT and offers optimized maintenance and operator handling.
Simatic S7-1500 controllers are key in the automation concept of the additive manufacturing plant. The seamless integration of all machines into the entire production chain is enabled by communication via standardized interfaces, especially OPC UA. Efficient commissioning shortens the time to market. The uniform machine operation and integration into the enterprise IT leads to further time savings and reduces costs. Finally, all the necessary safety and security aspects can be implemented quickly and easily.
EOS is the world's leading technology supplier in the field of industrial 3D printing of metals and polymers. Formed in 1989, the independent company is pioneer and innovator for comprehensive solutions in additive manufacturing. Its product portfolio of EOS systems, materials, and process parameters gives customers crucial competitive advantages in terms of product quality and the long-term economic sustainability of their manufacturing processes. Furthermore customers benefit from deep technical expertise in global service, applications engineering and consultancy.
DyeMansion is the global leader in Additive Manufacturing finishing systems that turn 3D-printed raw parts into high-value products. From perfect fit eyewear to personalized car interiors, their technology makes 3D-printed products become a part of our everyday life. Starting in 2015 with the first industrial coloring solution for powder bed fusion parts, the Munich-based company extended its portfolio with advanced part cleaning and surfacing solutions for a wider range of 3D-printing technologies in the field of plastics.
Today, DyeMansion’s Print-to-Product workflow combines industry-leading hardware with the widest range of color options on the market. Their systems are applicable for Industry 4.0 and can be integrated seamlessly into various production processes. The ability to provide a flexible solution for both small batches and high volumes makes DyeMansion a trusted partner for future factories. Through close collaboration with customers across all industries, the 3D-finishing technology and expertise continuously grow with the market. Reduced cost per part, unmatched quality, and high sustainability are core values that drive each innovation of the fast-growing company. In addition to these principles, finding the right finish for every application is what drives them.
Siemens runs the interactive Additive Manufacturing Experience Center (AMEC) in Erlangen, to show interested customers from all over the world the benefits of the Digital Enterprise Portfolio. We decided to give our customers an additional way of experiencing the AMEC in the form of a virtual 3D show room. Customers now will have the chance to walk through a virtual AMEC together with our AM experts and get insights about our the cutting edge technology with seamlessly integrated software and automation solutions along the entire value chain for industrialized Additive Manufacturing.