Siemens has intensified its investment into additive manufacturing with the inauguration of a new metal 3D printing facility in Finspång, Sweden.
The facility will be used for mass production of metal 3D printed components. This is Siemens’ first foray into industrial production of metal 3D printing. The total investment into the new facility will be about $26 million.
Metal 3D printing significantly reduces lead times by 90% compared to traditional manufacturing methods like drilling, casting and injection molding. It allows extremely complex, durable structures than ever before.
Siemens’ new facility will employ metal 3D printing machines that will be used for rapid prototyping, manufacturing and repair of components for their industrial gas turbines.
“With this investment, we can develop new and improved components and repairs, for example burner tips to serve our industrial gas turbine SGT-800, significantly faster. Using this innovative approach, we will shorten repair times from months to weeks. It is an important step in our ability to respond to the needs of our customers,” said Thorbjorn Fors, global business director for Distributed Generation at Siemens.
The new facility is a significant move for Siemens which recently revealed that it has started using desktop 3D printers for manufacturing metal parts, mainly in the Rail Automation Department. Siemens has recently expanded a two-decade partnership with Georgia Institute of Technology for new ways to improve additive manufacturing workflow.
“Siemens is at the forefront in Sweden and the world of additive manufacturing in the development and production of advanced components in the metal to the power industry. This is a step in a long-term investment in this area, where we have not yet seen all the possibilities,” said Hans Holmström, CEO of Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery. “Through this investment, we are building up the skills and experience that can lead to new ideas and developments in the field.”
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