Siemens opens AM network to aid manufacture of critical medical components
In response to the ongoing crisis caused by the outbreak of Covid-19, Siemens is making its additive manufacturing (AM) network and 3D printers available to the global medical community, to speed the design and production of urgently required medical components.
The firm's AM network connects users, designers and 3D-print service providers around the world, and will enable faster and less complicated production of spare parts for machines such as ventilators.
The network covers the entire value chain – from upload and simulation to checking the design up to the printing process, and associated services.
Doctors, hospitals and organisations in need of medical devices, as well as designers and service providers with medically certified printing capacities, can now register for free access to the network.
'Having worked on AM for years, we offer AM solutions along the entire value chain and can print 3D parts quickly according to acute demands,' said Klaus Helmrich, member of Siemens' managing board and CEO of Siemens Digital Industries. 'To help fight Covid-19, we have opened our AM network for hospitals and other health institutions needing spare medical parts to efficiently manage their design and printing requests.'
Siemens' designers and engineers within the network can answer design requests and help convert designs into printable files. Afterwards, these components can be printed via medically certified 3D printers of partner companies that are also part of the network.
In addition to numerous 3D printers from partner companies, Siemens’ own 3D printing machines are also connected to the network, and if suitable will also be used to locally print components and spare parts for medical devices.
Printing capacities from additional service providers can easily be added to the AM network.
To register for the AM network, see: https://sie.ag/3ailktv