Siemens’ product lifecycle management (PLM) business has recently declared a new comprehensive solution to unleash the full potential of the burgeoning additive manufacturing revolution. The new solution is comprised of integrated design, simulation, digital manufacturing, data and process management software. The new set of offerings will help companies fully leverage the benefits of the latest additive manufacturing technology, also known as 3D printing.
The new additive manufacturing solution will include Siemens’ NX™ software, an integrated computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering (CAD/CAM/CAE) solution, the newly announced Simcenter™ portfolio, a robust suite of simulation software and test solutions, Teamcenter® software, the world’s most widely used digital lifecycle management system, and SIMATIC IT Unified Architecture Discrete Manufacturing and SIMATIC WinCC, two elements of Siemens’ recognized Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) portfolio for production execution and manufacturing automation.
Two of the new technologies included in the solution that enable automated generative design, are Convergent Modeling and topology optimization. Convergent Modeling, which was announced with the latest release of NX, is the first technology of its kind. Topology optimization, another new technology will help analysts automate the iterative process for designing and optimizing parts for multi-physics performance including vibration, fluid dynamics and heat transfer. In addition to these new technologies, Siemens is also introducing a new 3D print preparation solution for both metal and plastic parts that will use the same smart product models from the design and simulation phase to help automate design changes and streamline the entire process.