NX Additive Manufacturing
3D printing - the new art of manufacturing
3D printing is rapidly developing into another efficiency-increasing technology and is changing the industry. Additive manufacturing opens up new possibilities for the manufacturing of components, as well as more efficient use of materials by optimising the blanks.
Benefit from the advantages of this new technology.
- Manufacture of new, more efficient component shapes with a wide variety of materials (including metal)
- Repair of expensive components, which has previously been too costly or impossible
- Reduced production costs
- Shorter lead times
- Increase in the efficiency of the manufacturing process with optimised blank shapes and new manufacturing processes
Turn your vision into reality
This hybrid expansion of manufacturing represents the reversion from erosive (cutting) manufacturing to additive manufacturing. By using layer-by-layer material deposition, component shapes can be created that would not be possible using cutting or casting manufacturing alone. The combination of these manufacturing processes (hybrid form) firstly enables new possibilities for the manufacturing of components and secondly the efficient use of materials by optimising blanks.
With its software product portfolio, Siemens is leading the way in this digital technology and its combination with other manufacturing processes. It offers design, simulation and manufacturing software solutions for powder-bed-based 3D printing.
An insight into the software and the way it works
A designed CAD component is analysed by the NX software module and automatically prepared for the additive manufacturing process. This mainly takes place through the design of the necessary supporting geometry, but also by nesting several components in the available construction area of the 3D printer, if this is necessary.
Using the appropriate functions of the software, thermal shrinking, tolerances and other material characteristics can be taken into consideration for the manufacturing. The system then creates a layered model of the component and supporting geometries. This layered model is then translated into the control of the connected 3D printer in which the component will be manufactured.
Using appropriate hybrid machines, additive and cutting machining can be carried out in one clamping operation. This enables components to be manufactured for which efficient machining was previously not possible.
Technical facts at a glance
- Different processes can be used (powder bed, 3D laser etc.)
- Automated creation of supporting geometries
- Nesting functions
- Quick and easy part repair
- New component shapes and more efficient blank shapes
- Hybrid manufacturing (additive and cutting)
Benefit from JANUS expertise
NX CAM boasts an excellent variety of functions, usability and automation. JANUS completes its offering as the expert. As a longstanding partner of Siemens in the CAM area, we can show you the capabilities of this product and examine what sort of productivity increases you can expect from using these products.