ExOne and Siemens partner for IoT-enabled 3DP

Jun 25, 2019 | Hot Topics

Siemens and ExOne, maker of sand and metal 3D printers, just announced a partnership targeted at bringing its binder jetting technology to prospects in the foundry, aerospace, automotive, energy and other markets.

According to the announcement, Siemens’ MindSphere is embedded into ExOne’s S-Max Pro sand printer, along with other technologies from the Digital Enterprise Portfolio. This means that Siemens’ hardware, software and services can cover manufacturing process design, simulation, engineering and commissioning — all the way to operations and service.

The operations and maintenance part of this is enabled by ExOne’s 3D Live app, which runs on MindSphere, Siemens’ cloud-based IoT platform. 3D Live gathers and analyzes machine and other data in real-time, for example enabling a machine operator to identify potential problems and avoid unplanned downtime.

Siemens Digital Industries’ Vice President of Additive Manufacturing Karsten Heuser said, “We are proud to … advance the industrialization of additive manufacturing … The new ExOne S-Max Pro 3D printer proves that seamlessly integrated software and automation solutions result in shorter time to market, higher performance and maximum availability.”

Why am I telling you this? Because, as I wrote about yesterday’s acquisition by Hexagon, 3D printing is as much about manufacturing strategy as it is about the machines in the process. You need to design the part and plan how it will be made in tandem; that means knowing as much as you can about the materials and machine. And that, in turn, means understanding its operating parameters — not the as-specced, but the actual as-is. And then, of course, you want the business of making parts to be as efficient as possible. Only once these loops are all connected and closed will we get to industrial 3D printing at scale.

Cover image is from ExOne, https://www.exone.com/en-US/resources/Sand-Mold-Casting-Applications.