Few engineers argue with the need to collaborate. Fewer still argue with the need to save time in design. Engineers at the design firm Enser say they have been able to do both. But, says General Manager Marco Arnone, it hasn't been easy, especially with the firm's clients in the power generation industry. Design team members are scattered all across the globe, he says. Case in point: The Siemens/Westinghouse Power Generation field division. Many of the engineers whose design review is needed can be traveling for weeks, he says. "We send them prints overnight, but by the time they got to them weeks would have gone by." Arnone says Enser cut that time down to days instead of weeks by using Windchill® ProjectLink™. "The Siemens engineers just call up the model on a computer wherever they are," he says.
Siemens and Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology have achieved a faster production process based on selective laser melting for speeding up the prototyping of big, complex metal parts in gas turbine engines.
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