Plano, Texas, 2016-Apr-25 - Siemens and Local Motors have formed a new partnership which is intended to help advance the future of manufacturing by optimizing the development and large-scale 3D printing of cars. The partnership combines the power of Siemens' product lifecycle management (PLM) software technology with Local Motors' leadership in co-created and 3D-printed vehicles – a process called direct digital manufacturing (DDM). With a shared vision for the future of product development, Local Motors plans to enhance productivity in its innovative Local Motors (LM) Labs program by leveraging Siemens' expertise in creating "digital twins", while Siemens expects to further enhance its digital enterprise software suite to support the latest advances in additive manufacturing and 3D printing.
Siemens' Solid Edge® software, a mainstream computer-aided design (CAD) application, has been in use at Local Motors for several years and has been crucial in facilitating its co-creation model. Using Siemens' exclusive synchronous technology, Local Motors is able to seamlessly import into Solid Edge non-native CAD models from design collaborators around the world, and then use Solid Edge to easily edit these models.
This new partnership expands the use of Solid Edge and adds Siemens' NX™ software and its Fibersim™ portfolio to all Local Motors facilities around the world. NX, a comprehensive computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering simulation (CAD/CAM/CAE) solution and Fibersim, a portfolio of software for composites engineering, are both leading solutions in the global manufacturing industry with a high concentration in the automotive sector. By expanding its use of Siemens' digital enterprise software suite, Local Motors and its community of co-creators can leverage digital twins to increase productivity and quality in product design and DDM.
Illustration Photo: LM3D, Local Motors's 3D-printed car (Credit: Local Motors)
Source: Siemens AG