There’s a new tech company tag team in the 3D printing space: according to ZDNet, Siemens and HP have announced a partnership that will see the two join forces on products and software. More specifically, HP will integrate Siemens’ NX software into its Multi Jet Fusion line of 3D printers.
HP is better known for its computers, printers and other consumer electronics, but the company has been making a very strong push into the industrial and enterprise spaces throughout the past several years.
Siemens, known more in the past for its own consumer electronics (like its cell phones) has actually been a more wide-reaching company in the tech space for a while and now puts a large focus on industries like energy, healthcare, and industrial automation.
What are the benefits of this new partnership? For one, the Siemens NX AM module, which is available now for the HP Multi Jet Fusion, enables customers to handle both development and management in a single application. Customers using the NX AM module can also upload many 3D models into the program simultaneously, and also enables model submission without the need to convert data.
In a blog post published on the company’s website, Siemens PLM Software’s Andreas Saar (who serves as vice president of manufacturing engineering solutions — not a small title) had this to say:
“Siemens is developing a digital part manufacturing platform connecting all members of the global manufacturing community to maximize resource utilization, grow expertise and expand business opportunity. We are creating the platform because part buyers need to connect to qualified manufacturers offering the latest digital and industrial 3D printing technologies and expertise.”
HP’s Michelle Bockman, the company’s global head of 3D Printing Commercial Expansion Development (also not a small title), had this to add in a press release:
“HP and Siemens are bringing together the best in design and manufacturing workflow software for the best in 3D printing, unleashing a wave of new product possibilities with the speed, quality, and economics required for the modern digital industrial era. We look forward to collaborating with Siemens to continually raise the industry bar on what’s possible for customers with the voxel-level design capabilities of our Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing solutions.”
The 3D printing space is garnering a whole lot of interest from companies of all types, but those in the tech industry have especially been looking for more ways to further their efforts and carve out their own slice of the pie. HP is still a well-known and major player in many areas of tech, and Siemens, while it lacks the “household name” brand it may have had in the past, remains a large and influential company. It’ll be very interesting to see where this partnership takes the two companies and how customers who own the HP Multi Jet Fusion will take to having the Siemens NX platform available to use.