Integrated software from Materialise and Siemens streamlines product design through additive manufacturing

Software modules of Materialise’s Materialise Magics 3D Print Suite have been integrated into Siemens’s NX computer-aided design, computer-aided manufacturing and computer-aided engineering (CAD, CAM and CAE) software package to streamline the design to production process for additively manufactured products.

NX is used globally in multiple industries to design sophisticated products such as automobiles, aircraft and medical devices, and the Materialise Magics 3D Print Suite enables all commonly adopted additive manufacturing (AM) processes for end-use manufacturing. Users of NX will now be able to access Materialise Magics 3D Print Suite software modules that allow for accurate and complete preparation of CAD models for powder bed fusion and material jetting AM processes. As a result, the time from finalized design to 3D printed part could be reduced by 30% or more.

The new integrated solution seamlessly links NX to a number of Materialise’s technologies, namely lattice, support structure design, 3D nesting, build tray preparation and build processors framework. This eliminates the need for data translation and conversion, ensuring that changes to digital product design models are automatically and associatively reflected in the 3D print jobs. The result is said to be greater model accuracy and quality as well as a much faster design to production process.

An initial set of modules from the Materialise Magics 3D print suite is available in the latest version of NX. The Siemens PLM Software business is to sell the solution through its global sales channels.

Zvi Feuer, senior vice president (SVP) of manufacturing engineering software for Siemens PLM Software, said: ‘Today’s announcement represents a huge leap forward in making additive manufacturing a mainstream production practice for our customers. Until now, the additive manufacturing process required manufacturers to work with two separate systems–one for product design and another to prepare that design for 3D printing. The data translation issues and lack of associativity between these two systems created a process that was time-consuming and subject to errors. By eliminating these issues, we are helping to expand the adoption of additive manufacturing as a universally accepted production tool.’

Johan Pauwels, executive vice president (EVP) at Materialise, further commented: ‘Additive manufacturing is a reality now, even in highly regulated markets like aerospace and healthcare. By bringing together solutions from Siemens and Materialise, we are optimizing and simplifying the workflow for design, engineering and manufacturing of components. For the past 25 years, our neutral backbone of solutions has pushed the boundaries of additive manufacturing technologies. We’re pleased to partner with Siemens, who truly understands large-scale industrial manufacturing environments and shares our belief that designers and engineers can create better products if additive manufacturing is embedded into their mainstream business processes.’

Websites: www.materialise.com and www.plm.automation.siemens.com