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in the next 5 years
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*.
|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
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.
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:
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.
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.
Innovative additive proceedings and high-precision 5-axis milling enables entirely new component structures in finished quality.
SINUMERIK 840D sl controls the machine for hybride multitasking.
Consistent design and programming solution including post-processor and simulation for additive and subtractive processes is available with NX.
The 3D printing of armrests is not only advantageous when it comes to sourcing spare parts – it also scores highly with regard to design.
As, for example, with the Siemens COMBINO train. The requirement here was to integrate another switch into the train driver’s armrest.
By using powder bed fusion (plastic), this function could be integrated at no further cost.
Optimized components made of metals and alloys can be made exactly according to the construction plan on the computer.
Powder bed fusion (metal) has already been used successfully for many years by Siemens in the energy sector at the Swedish Finspång plant. It is now used to repair gas turbine burners – a service revolution.
In this specific case, the repair time was shortened by 90% – from 44 weeks to 4 weeks – thus the turbines could be connected more quickly to the grid.
Additive manufacturing enables production of highly complex structures with high-performance materials such as nickel-base alloys. Products with these properties are very important for turbine construction, for example.
Complex topologies are produced directly in one piece.
Additive manufacturing saves a great deal of weight and the cooling ducts on the inside of the vane can also be designed more delicately and, therefore, more efficiently.
News and Events
The rapid development of additive manufacturing is constantly yielding new information.
For more information about the industrial applications of additive manufacturing, please contact the competence center for additive manufacturing.