Materialise's additive manufacturing technology is now integrated into Siemens’ NX™ software, potentially reducing the length of the design-to-manufacturing process by 30% or more.
The solution allows NX computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering software to completely prepare CAD models for powder bed fusion and material jetting 3D printing processes. A partnership announced in early 1Q17 enables Siemens’ product lifecycle management software business to sell the integrated solution through its global sales channels.
The integration is notable as it obviates the need for manufacturers to work with separate systems for design and for 3D printing. Data translation issues and lack of associativity between these systems are eliminated. An initial set of the technology is available in the most current version of NX (NX 11.0.1) via new modules targeted for additive manufacturing.