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Recap: Siemens PLM Connection 2017

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Siemens PLM connection was held at the Estrel Convention Centre in Berlin, Germany between Monday 23rd October and Wednesday 25th October 2017. The event pulled in a record number of 1,180 industry professionals from 36 different cultures, as well as 54 exhibitors.

At the event, Ultimaker exhibited innovations that aim to enhance manufacturing. We showcased several successful business cases, including custom-made jigs and fixtures developed by Volkswagen Autoeuropa for use on their production floor. Such applications significantly reduce production time and costs in comparison to using external fabrication bureaus, and really highlight the benefits of FFF 3D printing for the industry.

We also demonstrated new software products, including our newly released Cura Connect feature, and Siemens NX plugin integration for Ultimaker Cura.

Time and cost saving advantages with FFF 3D printing
The transition to 3D printing saved Volkswagen Autoeuropa 91% in tool development costs and reduced development time by 95%

The advantage of third-party plugins for business

Third-party plugins for Ultimaker Cura present a unique opportunity for businesses who have adopted FFF 3D printing: functions of the core software can be extended by creating custom additions or software tools in order to meet specific business needs.

One example of this is the Siemens NX integration plugin, which enables designs to be exported from Siemens NX directly into Ultimaker Cura by pressing a single button. This is already available to download in Ultimaker Cura using the plugin browser.

Siemens NX plugin integration
Ultimaker Cura enables plugin integration with industry standard CAD software, creating a streamlined workflow for prototyping.

Enhancing the flexibility and efficiency of a production workflow

The Siemens NX integration plugin is a vast improvement on a typical FFF design and fabrication workflow.

Previously, a user would create a design using CAD software, export it as an .stl or .obj file, manually import it into a slicing software, export it again as a .gcode, and save it to an SD card or USB stick, where it would be manually loaded into a printer. If any revisions to the design were made, this process would then have to be repeated from the beginning.

The Siemens NX integration plugin sidesteps this entire process. The workflow is detailed below:

Siemens NX plugin integration 1

First, the design is created in Siemens NX.

Siemens NX plugin integration 2

The user can then ‘push’ the design directly into Ultimaker Cura by pressing the ‘Cura Interface’ button.

Siemens NX plugin integration 3

The plugin will prompt the user to select a body to export. The user selects it, and confirms.

Siemens NX plugin integration 4

Ultimaker Cura will automatically open with the model imported, ready for slicing. If any revisions to the original design are necessary, it is simply a case of clicking the button in Siemens NX to import a revised model into Ultimaker Cura.

This workflow is streamlined and doesn't require any files to be exported. It also greatly simplifies the design iteration process, as revisions to the design can be quickly and simply sent to Ultimaker Cura by pressing the button in Siemens NX again.

Streamlining further

In combination with an Ultimaker 3 and software features such as Cura Connect, the workflow is simplified further: the network capabilities of the Ultimaker 3 enable users to send designs from Ultimaker Cura to their printer wirelessly over their local network.

If used with a group of Ultimaker 3 printers, the user can use Cura Connect to queue and print several items at once for a continuous production workflow, which can be monitored and controlled from a single interface.

Cura Connect
Cura Connect enables control of multiple Ultimaker 3 machines from a single interface. Queue jobs for continuous production, or spread the workload of jobs between multiple machines for faster, more efficient production.

Demonstrating these new innovations was an exciting opportunity for Ultimaker and was very well received by attendees. We’d like to thank everyone who attended the show. If you want to find out more about plugin integration for Ultimaker Cura, see our update blog post or visit our upcoming events to talk to us in person.

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