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Siemens announced a new collaboration with Xerox Elem Additive Solutions aimed at strengthening the metal additive manufacturing (AM) capabilities of both businesses. The relationship highlights the companies’ strong commitment to advancing the future of industrial AM through innovation and partnerships.

Siemens purchased an ElemX metal 3D Printer, adding to their fleet of additive machines inside their Charlotte Advanced Technology Collaboration Hub (CATCH). The CATCH facility focuses on the industrialization of AM, working with machine builders, material suppliers and end-customers. The ElemX leverages Xerox’s liquid metal AM using cost-effective aluminum wire and incorporating Siemens SINUMERIK 840D sl control platform with embedded digital twin technology to optimize the printing process.

ElemX is a 3D metal printer that’s simpler and safer to use and addresses supply chain resiliency for aerospace, defense, and industrial manufacturing. The printer is easily deployed, requiring no special facility modifications and minimal post-processing, and providing a faster time-to-part.

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An example part that was 3D printed on the Xerox ElemX machine, powered by the SINUMERIK 840D sl control system from Siemens

Siemens and Xerox are interested in exploring technical developments in automation, software, materials, and processes of the current and future ElemX systems.

“We are pleased to join forces with Xerox and drive the industrialization of additive manufacturing through digitalization,” said Tim Bell, Head of Additive Manufacturing, Siemens Industry, Inc. “Working together with Xerox, we’re bringing decades of proven Siemens automation experience and technology to additive manufacturing helping customers mainstream mission critical production tools for future manufacturing strategies.”

The collaboration provides early access opportunities for Xerox and Siemens to share advancements in digitalization solutions and automation software designed to impact the distributed manufacturing model. Siemens is the latest addition to the Xerox Manufacturing Partner Network (MPN) and continues its trajectory as a prominent and reliable partner in the AM industry.

“Siemens and Xerox share a similar vision to advance manufacturing through creative and collaborative partnerships that collectively push us forward in the right direction,” said Tali Rosman, VP and GM of Xerox Element Additive Solutions. “This is another important milestone for our ElemX technology and we look forward to working with an innovative and forward-thinking organization such as Siemens. Together, Siemens and Xerox Elem Additive Solutions will enable our customers to manufacture parts on-demand with confidence and maximize new opportunities to improve supply chain resiliency.”

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