Additive Manufacturing

Rapid growth

100 percent
  • in the next 5 years

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Additive Manufacturing

Introduction of additive manufacturing into industrial production

Today, when we talk about additive manufacturing, 3D printing, rapid prototyping or generative production, we’re  talking about more than just a trend. Analysts predict that the addictive manufacturing world market for materials, machines, software and services will be worth around 20,2 billion euros in 2019*. 

Industrializing additive manufacturing

Individualized mass production, functional design, high energy and resource efficiency as well as shorter innovation cycles – the advantages of Additive Manufacturing are being leveraged more and more in the industrial environment. Whether powder bed fusion, directed energy deposition, material extrusion or jetting – all these techniques build up workpieces layer by layer based on digital 3D design data. These techniques allow extremely complex structures to be created, which are both light and stable – in fact, finally, parts can be cost-effectively created with batch sizes of just 1. And digitalization offers the best possibilities of covering the requirements associated with Additive Manufacturing.    

Totally Integrated Automation

Where all automation components interoperate efficiently

The intelligent automation of production systems plays a decisive role in the industrialization of Additive Manufacturing. Totally Integrated Automation, the industrial automation from Siemens, ensures that all the automation components interoperate efficiently. The open system architecture covers the complete production process and utilizes a standard approach across the board: consistent data management, global standards and unified hardware and software interfaces. This common approach minimizes engineering costs, shortens time to market and increases flexibility.

PLC-based automation solutions with SIMATIC

With SIMATIC, the core of Totally Integrated Automation, users can depend on the highest degree of integration and seamlessness. The basic automation based on SIMATIC, the SINAMICS drive system and SIMOTICS motors to move the mechanical units of the machine for powder bed fusion and jetting techniques offer some unique advantages:

  •  As a result of its scalability, solutions can be extremely flexibly and cost-effectively adapted to address the actual requirements
  • Shorter time to market is achieved through integrated engineering and efficient programming in the TIA Portal
  • Diagnostic functions are simply configured and do not have to be programmed

Powder bed fusion

Binder Jetting

CNC-based automation solutions with SINUMERIK

The 5-axis technology of SINUMERIK 840D sl provides a high degree of flexibility in the Additive Manufacturing domain. Whether material extrusion or directed energy deposition – the SINUMERIK 840D sl CNC together with the SINAMICS S120 drive system and SIMOTICS motors facilitate precise and dynamic multi-axis motion control.

Material extrusion

Directed energy deposition

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Successful application of additive manufacturing processes

Additive manufacturing processes are gaining in popularity. Whether for weight reduction or increased design freedom – learn how numerous industries have already successfully profited from additive manufacturing.

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