Siemens is introducing its own part manufacturing platform to address what it views as a growing need for on-demand, worldwide access to additive manufacturing and the latest technology.
The platform, due to launch mid-2018, aims to create an online ecosystem made up of highly qualified members from a variety of areas such as product designer, job shops, part buyers, 3D printer OEMs, material suppliers, expert services providers, and micro-factories.
The scheme, launching at Hannover Messe 2017, suggests that members will be able to instantly connect with other members to initiate co-innovation of products using the latest software tools for additive manufacturing.
An example scenario is that multiple stakeholder can use the platform to participate in and contribute to the design and development of a product for additive manufacturing.
Also, part buyers could potentially use the platform to quickly find qualified services, enhance job scheduling and reduce the time to obtain production quantities of end-use parts at needed locations.
At the same time, manufacturing service providers could create a pipeline of job orders for next generation designs, maximise machine utilisation and expand their businesses.
Finally, 3D printer OEMs could connect with the community regarding their latest systems, technology and expertise for repeatable production of industrial parts and quantities.
“By exchanging information and practical knowledge, members will have the opportunity to enhance productivity, increase expertise, streamline co-innovation and accelerate the adoption of additive manufacturing technology to a new level of industrial use,” said a statement.