Siemens’ product lifecycle management (PLM) software business is developing a global, online, collaborative platform to advance on-demand product design and 3D printing production.

By linking part buyers to micro-factories, members could 3D print production parts on-demand, where-needed across the world. Collaborative capabilities could streamline co-innovation and accelerate adoption of 3D printing as a mainstream production method for industrial parts.

An online ecosystem of highly qualified product designers, job shops, part buyers, 3D printer original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), material suppliers, expert services providers, and micro-factories will be able to instantly connect with other members to innovate products using the latest software tools for AM.

GE Additive, Stryker partner

A partnership between GE Additive and Stryker covers additive machines, materials, and services for Stryker’s global supply chain.

“Both of us understand the transformative power of additive design and manufacturing,” says Mohammad Ehteshami, GE Additive vice president and general manager.

Stryker has invested in Concept Laser and Arcam machines since 2001 and has collaborated with universities in Ireland and the UK to industrialize 3D printing for the healthcare industry. It recently opened a global technology development center with an additive technology manufacturing hub in Carrigtohill, County Cork, Ireland.

In addition to the $1.4 billion investment in Concept Laser and Arcam in 2016 and 2017, GE has invested approximately $1.5 billion in additive technologies in the past 10 years.