Leading additive manufacturing companies have launched the “AM I Navigator” initiative. The aim is to support industrial companies in the use of 3D printing in series production. The path to this is often complex, as Siemens, DyeMansion, HP and other partners emphasize in a press release.
With the Navigator, the initiators want to offer a kind of roadmap. Users should be able to analyze their current level of maturity and define goals. According to the initiators, the framework is based on a 5-stage maturity model – from manual production to fully automated production.
It is important that the process steps are coordinated with each other. Only open and networked production creates real added value. The initiative is open to other companies to add suitable solution modules.
According to the press release, the Navigator is intended to help companies to adapt AM specifically for their applications. This is because companies are often not yet ready for the complex integration into existing processes, says DyeMansion CEO Felix Ewald. AM I Navigator aims to provide support here with an analysis of the current situation and clear recommendations for action.
In addition to Siemens and DyeMansion, HP, BASF and EOS are also part of the initiative. All partners will be represented at the Formnext trade fair, where they will present the concept. Interested companies can also obtain advice directly from the Navigator in order to sharpen their AM strategy.