The Siemens AG Manufacturing Karlsruhe (MF-K) site has invested in Stratasys additive manufacturing solutions to help develop innovative automation solutions to reduce time-to-market and achieve higher productivity and flexibility.
Siemens is a global company focusing on electrification, automation, and digitization, and the Karlsruhe site in Germany is largely concerned with process automation and forms a large part of the Digital Industries division.
In addition, the site has strict regulations pertaining to all production components, intended to safeguard against electrostatic discharge and guarantee high product quality.
The Innovation Laboratory, founded in October 2018, invested in Stratasys additive manufacturing (AM) technology and purchased a Fortus 450mc to develop innovative solutions to improve work processes for their workers.
Apart from producing additive components quickly with added value, functions that were previously unattainable with conventional manufacturing could now be realized.
In addition, Stratasys also offered AM materials like ABS-ESD7 which complied with European ESD standards and enabled reliable, repeatable 3D printing on a daily basis.
To date, the Innovation Laboratory has 3D printed assembly fixtures, product-dependent trays, and robotic grippers. Benjamin Haller, Project Lead Disruptive Technology at Siemens Digital Industries, said, “AM has many advantages over conventional methods. The robot grippers can be designed compactly and applications such as complex vacuum channels in the basic body can be realized. It is also possible to print flexible structures.”
With the daily business of the MF-K highlighted by the production of a high product variance in small quantities, the use of Stratasys AM solutions within the sites of Siemens has definitely improved productivity across sites.