Siemens VP of Additive Manufacturing, Karsten Heuser shares his expertise on how we will truly industrialize additive manufacturing. Key partnerships and applications are defining the value of digitalization from concept to serial production empowering users to chart their own course.
– Hi, this is Adam Penna. I am here in the Siemens boost at Formnext and I’m here with Karsten Heuser. Karsten, how are you today?
– Hey, welcome to our booth, Adam.
– Thank you very much
– I’m doing well. It’s after two days Formnext pretty exciting show, I can tell you.
– It has been exciting. So tell us a little bit about the industrializing with Siemens. It’s very important to the industry.
– Especially we are standing in this pretty… is a good demonstration of it. This is a really, really large part. It’s 2.5 millimeters in diameter. And this is showing you digitalization.
– You would say it’s a lot of steel, but you would never be able to build this without a digital twin. So it starts with the digital twin of a product to have the cut and they come to really simulate it to plan the path how to do it. And then it starts to move into the controller, which is a SINUMERIK run my robot direct control. And this is making sure whatever you have designed as a digital twin, is executed on a real machine. And at the end you have this kind of mold it’s for a bind barrel. Yeah. And it’s stainless steel, but you can apply the same technology in aerospace and automotive in a lot of different industries. And this is just one ecosystem examples, we are presenting at Formnext this year.
– As you guys have a lot of examples, and I know you’ve made a commitment to grow the industry, there was an announcement about the amount of parts that you actually intend to expand the industry. And can you talk a little bit about what that is about?
– Yeah. Siemens has two different heads in additive manufacturing. The head you see here is to develop the ecosystem. So our customers in the vertical industries, just one example is we have a compelling here. This is a printed eyewear frame and we just launched this week that we help a company to support the production for a serial eyewear frames from hundreds thousands to millions. This is the external view on the ecosystem. On the other side, we as Siemens, we are operating more than 230 machines in roughly 50 locations in our bigger print ecosystem. So Siemens mobility, it’s smart infrastructure, it’s health and news, or the colleagues from Siemens energy operating machines, identifying applications and bring this into production.
– That’s a beautiful thing that I know there’s a lot going on. What seems exciting to see that full from start to finish? people don’t think about the pre and the post 3D printer too much, but Siemens is defining that for the industry. And it’s a wonderful thing. So talk a little bit more about the partnerships cause you guys do a lot more with partnerships what’s new with that? – So actually we have a partner ball and you will find nothing more than 75 partners, we are teaming up and we helping to industrialize the technology, as well, this is our slogan for the fear it’s “Empowering the ecosystem to create, make and use additive applications at scale”. And you just mentioned post-processing. It was years of under estimated the impact of post-processing. We have here, a planning table with a digital twin of a factory. And this is end to end as well, using digital tools with plant simulation, which is our own software, but then having experts consultancy to re plan like an architect, the complete factory in about a day, have it in a digital twin and dynamic module and ran the full production within a minute.
– And then you can find out, what is your bottleneck? where you need puffers, what is the cost of the part and where to operate and where to optimize. And very often I can tell you, it’s in the range of post-processing.
– Where we have the big obstacles and this is what we solve with our partnerships.
– Yeah. It’s a big problem solved, but you’re doing a great job at that. So thank you very much for everything seems doing, I’m looking forward to seeing how much you grow am in the whole industry. It’s very exciting to be here with you.
– Yeah. Thank you for coming by.
– Yeah, thank you for joining us.
– Enjoy the Formnext.
– Thank You very much.
– All right,
– see you soon.
– All right, we’ll see you soon. We’re here at Formnext in the Siemens booth. It’s been a wonderful visit and we’re looking forward to much more. Thank you very much.