Laser system manufacturer TRUMPF and engineering technology specialist Siemens have recently declared a new partnership to help industrialize laser metal fusion technology and make the additive manufacturing process for metal parts an integral part of the production process. The two companies – who announced their partnership at the form next trade fair in Frankfurt – are pooling their strengths and working together to develop a software solution for the design and preparation of 3D printed metal parts. The aim is to integrate and streamline the entire powder-bed-based laser metal fusion (LMF) process for TRUMPF printing machines into Siemens NX™ software. “Our combined solution will offer customers a high degree of process reliability thanks to its use of smart product models through all phases of the process,” said Tony Hemmelgarn, CEO and President, Siemens PLM Software. “There will be no need for data conversion because the tools for design, simulation, 3D printing and NC programming of metal parts are integrated into one system.”
The solution will integrate the recently announced NX software technology for additive manufacturing with the TRUMPF build processor and be sold with TRUMPF TruPrint Laser Metal Fusion printers. This new software package, TruTops Print with NX, brings all the necessary functions together into one new solution for the additive manufacturing of laser metal fusion parts with TRUMPF printing machines.