It’s a good thing many giant international groups like Siemens have been opening hubs to accelerate the industrialization of AM, because the rate of industrial adoption is still too slow to enable true scalability. The AM industry itself is growing at breakneck speed but it is doing so mostly through new investments and the development of new technologies, rather than though mass adoption in production workflows. Siemens is opening its the Siemens Charlotte Advanced Technology Collaboration Hub, or Siemens CATCH, which will be located in Charlotte, NC, specifically to address this challenge.
This new strategic research and development hub, spearheaded by Siemens Digital Industries, Siemens Technology and Siemens Energy (now a separately operated company) is focusing on helping customers accelerate their plans for the industrialization of additive manufacturing (AM). Specifically, Siemens will use this space to collaborate with key machine builders (OEMs), end-users and U.S. national laboratories to ensure the successful industrialization of additive manufacturing.
After having invested several tens of millions over the past decade specifically on AM industrialization, Siemens is certainly not leaving the table and in fact the company is raising the stakes. In conjunction with this announcement, Siemens also recently announced partnerships with ExOne, Xerox and Roboze, leaders in building industrial 3D printers. This partnership will ensure that Siemens and its collaborators have the most advanced hardware on the market.
“We are excited to launch this new additive manufacturing hub and to begin inviting customers in to collaborate and find ways to accelerate the industrialization of this technology,” said Tim Bell, Additive Manufacturing Business Manager, Siemens Digital Industries. “The benefits of additive manufacturing are clear from faster time-to-market, to better design through digital prototypes, to localized manufacturing helping to reduce supply chain constraints. We believe that future of manufacturing is additive.”
Over the years, Siemens has been instrumental in bringing emerging technologies to the point of industry acceptance and standardization. From Computerized Numerical Controls (CNC) to industrial software, Siemens has always enabled the trailblazers to advance the world we live in. Dr. Hallee Deutchman, Head of Research in Materials and Industrialized Manufacturing (US) for Siemens Technology stated, “the CATCH center will not only help industrialize additive manufacturing, but also help incubate and grow the next generation of cutting-edge technology to solve industry’s hardest manufacturing problems.”
As a leader in industrial digitalization, Siemens will also look to continue its leadership through additive manufacturing, as it is the first truly digital manufacturing technology. This will be accomplished by empowering the company’s vast network of partners and customers to create, make and use additive applications at scale. Siemens CATCH will be the entry point for many manufacturers to understand how and why AM is crucial to designing products more effectively, manufacturing them closer to the point of purchase and creating a more resilient supply chain.
To support customers along their journey at CATCH, Siemens has accumulated a group of world-class experts from several Siemens businesses and operating companies. CATCH will become one of seven hubs strategically placed at major AM ecosystems around the world with the distinct focus of facilitating customer AM journeys.
Further enabling the collaboration between Siemens, machine OEM’s, and end users, Siemens Financial Services (SFS) – the financing arm of Siemens – supplied the Siemens CATCH lab with a financing solution that aided the leasing of several 3D printers for use in the lab. Financing additive manufacturing is a strategic priority for SFS as the evolution and digitalization of manufacturing continues, and the revolutionary use of 3D printing expands.