Trumpf (Ditzingen, Germany) and Siemens announced a partnership to develop a software solution that will help industrialize laser metal fusion technology and make the additive manufacturing process for metal parts an integral part of the production process. 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. Their offering will address part design and engineering for additive manufacturing as well as 3D print preparation with integrated Trumpf build processor technology.
"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, president and CEO, 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."
"These are decisive factors in making additive manufacturing a realistic proposition for industrial applications," adds Peter Leibinger, Head of the TRUMPF Laser Technology/Electronics Division. "Our partnership will result in an optimum interaction between machine and software so customers can move forward with designs optimized for additive manufacturing."
The solution will integrate the recently announced NX software technology for additive manufacturing with the Trumpfbuild processor and be sold with Trumpf TruPrint Laser Metal Fusion printers. The new software, called TruTops Print with NX, offers a standardized user interface across the end-to-end additive manufacturing process. It addresses the entire digital process chain in a single, integrated associative software environment, eliminating the need to use separate standalone applications for part design and data preparation.