German laser system manufacturer Trumpf has entered into a partnership with engineering technology giant Siemens to help industrialize 3D printing and laser metal fusion technology.
Both companies will join hands to produce a software solution for optimized and streamlined additive manufacturing of metal parts with Trumpf printing machines – from part design to 3D printing.
The aim of the project is to integrate and streamline the entire powder-bed-based laser metal fusion (LMF) process for Trumpf printing machines into Siemens NX software.
The offering will address part design and engineering for additive manufacturing as well as 3D print preparation with integrated Trumpf build processor technology.
The new software further offers a standardized user interface across the end-to-end additive manufacturing process. According to both companies, this enhancement will address the entire digital process chain in a single, integrated associative software environment, eliminating the need to use separate standalone applications for part design and data preparation.
The software package, called TruTops Print with NX, brings all the necessary functions together into one solution for the additive manufacturing of laser metal fusion parts with Trumpf printing machines.
“Our combined solution will offer customers a high degree of process reliability thanks to its use of smart product models through all phases of the process,” said Tony Hemmelgarn, CEO and President, Siemens PLM Software. “There will be no need for data conversion because the tools for design, simulation, 3D printing and NC programming of metal parts are integrated into one system.”
“These are decisive factors in making additive manufacturing a realistic proposition for industrial applications,” adds Peter Leibinger, Head of the Trumpf Laser Technology/Electronics Division. “Our partnership will result in an optimum interaction between machine and software so customers can move forward with designs optimised for additive manufacturing.”
Image credits: Trumpf