When Siemens announced the launch of its Additive Manufacturing Network platform nearly half a year ago, it advertised it as an integrated additive manufacturing solution for manufacturing companies. However, it turns out that the platform can not only contribute to increasing production efficiency, but also help in counteracting the development of the COVID-19 virus pandemic.
Siemens has made its platform available to representatives of medical units, so as to ensure contact with companies involved in additive production from around the world, including from the United States, Germany or France. The platform will not only allow for faster flow of information, but will also optimize the design and production of desired medical components. In addition, Siemens offers access to its own 3D printers, hoping that the resources offered will help meet the growing demand for medical equipment and personal protective equipment.
According to Klaus Helmrich, CEO of Siemens Digital Industries, to help combat COVID-19, the company has opened its platform for hospitals and other medical institutions to successfully manage 3D print orders. The company’s many years of experience also allow us to quickly adapt our machine park to produce components for the needs of medical units.
Representatives of hospitals and medical units can register on the platform, while gaining the opportunity to contact part designers and additive manufacturing companies. Additive Manufacturing Network covers the entire project life cycle – from design to additive manufacturing and the necessary post-processing. Siemens hopes that the standardization of information exchange will allow efficient production of the necessary personal protective equipment for products and spare parts for medical devices (including respirators).
The services can be used by users who have a ready file and want to print it, or those who require a professional 3D model. The platform brings together service providers from around the world who can make components on medically certified 3D printing systems. The global network of companies associated under Additive Manufacturing Networ allows for local production with the partner whose production facility is closest to the medical unit being served.