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Siemens officially opened the doors to its Innovation Center in Orlando early last week. The 17,000 square foot facility was conceived as a collaboration between Siemens Gas and Power and Materials Solutions, the UK-based metal additive manufacturing business Siemens acquired in 2016. 3D Printing Industry attended the opening event to learn more about the center’s commitment to rapid problem solving for internal and external customers alike.
Co-locating interdisciplinary designers and engineers with the various additive manufacturing, inspection, CNC machining, and robotics capabilities alongside Materials Solutions’ metal AM expertise is a recipe for rapid innovation. Vinod Philip, CEO of Siemens Service Power Generation, highlighted that the “center is designed to bring disciplines, backgrounds, and functions together to co-create in partnership with customers, partners, and suppliers.” Representatives from numerous aerospace, gas, and power companies were present for the facility tour that started with the new EOS M400-4 3D printer intended for titanium part production.
US - Manufacturing - Presence - Materials - Solutions
As the U.S. manufacturing presence for Materials Solutions, the innovation center will serve external customers in aerospace and other high-performance industries with EOS M400-4 and EOS M290 systems within an ITAR-controlled environment, according to Markus Seibold, VP of Additive Manufacturing at Siemens Power Generation Operations. With expansion plans for a third system already in the works, the tour moved onto the various inspection and machining capabilities that support laser powder bed part production.
A GOM Capture 3D system serves the center to 3D scan large parts for dimensional verification as well as reverse engineering purposes.
Equipment - Fanuc - Arms - Milling - Grinding
Other equipment on-site includes two Fanuc robotic arms for milling, grinding, and pick & place operations, a Siemens X-ray CT scanner, nine Markforged material extrusion printers, and a machine shop with various 3/5-axis CNC machining and wire electric discharge manufacturing (EDM) equipment.
The 30+ interdisciplinary designers and engineers work at the Innovation Center developing tools, components, and patentable...
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