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.
The company says it anticipates high-definition video for home security and other uses will be the next mature technology integrated into the IoT domain, hence the introduction of its MatrixCam devkit.
Siemens and Georgia Institute of Technology are partnering to address limitations in the current additive manufacturing design-to-production chain in an applied research project as part of the federally backed America Makes program.
Most of the new 3D printers and 3D printing technologies in this crop are breaking some boundaries, whether it's build volume-per-dollar ratios, multimaterials printing techniques, or new materials types.
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