Siemens Expands Partnership with EOS

Through this agreement, EOS North America will be able to resell Siemens’ software solutions for additive manufacturing (AM) with its machines.

Through this agreement, EOS North America will be able to resell Siemens’ software solutions for additive manufacturing (AM) with its machines.

After defining their build strategy in NX, users can also get previews of the layer-by-layer hatching pattern of their EOS-printed parts before they generate the files for EOSPRINT. Image courtesy of Siemens Digital Industries Software/EOS.

Siemens Digital Industries Software and EOS North America are expanding their partnership with an aim of increasing the adoption of industrialized additive manufacturing. Through this agreement, EOS North America will be able to resell Siemens’ software solutions for additive manufacturing (AM) with its machines. This can provide customers with build preparation and build optimization, as well as connectivity to upstream design and downstream production processes.

“The ability to offer our customers a combination of Siemens’ AM software with EOS machines is an important step toward industrializing additive manufacturing for larger-scale production,” says Andrew Snow, senior vice president of EOS North America. “We want to ensure that our customers can be as successful printing their first part today as they will their ten-thousandth part tomorrow, which means our machines must go beyond build preparation to connect to the entire end-to-end AM process.”

In addition to integrating EOS’ job and process management software EOSPRINT 2 with Siemens’ NX software, EOS will begin to resell NX AM build preparation and its AM Build Optimizer software for part orientation and support structure optimization to metal additive customers. In addition, the combination of EOS and Siemens solutions will allow EOS customers to leverage other Siemens capabilities across the AM digital thread, including design for additive, topology optimization, build process simulation, materials engineering and durability analysis, design validation, scheduling and execution, process automation, performance monitoring and product lifecycle management.

Siemens and EOS have a longstanding partnership in advancing industrialized additive manufacturing, which began in 2016, when EOS integrated its EOSPRINT software into Siemens’ NX software, and was extended in 2018, when Siemens provided automation and drive technology for the new EOS M 300 Series and EOS P 500 Series machines. This new agreement further expands this partnership by enabling EOS North America to resell products in Siemens’ end-to-end solution for industrialized additive manufacturing as part of its Xcelerator portfolio of software and services.

“With this agreement, EOS and Siemens can greatly improve the efficiency and profitability of the AM factory,” adds Aaron Frankel, vice president of the AM Program for Siemens Digital Industries Software. “Instead of only providing the build preparation for a single machine, customers can now leverage a unified process upstream to transform design, and downstream to realize high-volume AM factory production.”

The difference between Siemens’ end-to-end additive design-through-manufacturing environment and point solution alternatives is that every phase of the AM development is connected via a single, associative digital thread. “Point solutions introduce time-consuming, error-prone inefficiencies into the AM workflow,” says Frankel. “Customers often have to interrupt their process to convert data for different software environments. And the problems with this approach are compounded with every change that’s required.”

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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