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Materialise and Siemens Collaborate to Advance Additive Manufacturing

Materialise signed an agreement with Siemens’ product lifecycle management (PLM) software business to co-create a process for the design and manufacture of parts using additive manufacturing (AM) technology. The initiative will integrate Materialise’s AM software with Siemens’ digital solutions.

Details about the agreement and resulting specific solutions and benefits will be announced during 1Q17.

Source: Materialise

Stefaan Motte of Materialise Software interviewed Andreas Saar of Siemens PLM for his thoughts on getting the right software to support specific applications for Additive Manufacturing, as well as the partnership between the two companies.

 



From BONEZONE May 2015 article, New Software and Manufacturing Techniques Push Custom Implant Expansion:

Siemens sees additive manufacturing more in use for instrumentation, rather than for the implants themselves.

“Interfaces, usability and automation associated with CAD/CAM technology today make it a lot easier to train and have people do this personalized work,” Thompson says. “The technology has been around for years, so there’s not a lot of risk. There’s an increased level of knowledge and awareness about what that technology can do. For customized instruments, 3D printing has had a big impact—to be able to print these one-of-a-kind shaped instruments that align to patients’ anatomies. These days, it happens without too much difficulty because of internet-based collaboration and relatively low-level cost production from a global supply chain.”