The ExOne Company (Nasdaq:XONE) (“ExOne” or the “Company”), a global leader in industrial sand and metal 3D printers using binder jetting technology, today announced a partnership with Siemens, the global technology powerhouse in automation and digitalization, that will benefit industrial customers in the foundry, aerospace, automotive, energy and other markets.
Siemens’ Digital Enterprise Portfolio of software and automation technology including MindSphere are fully implemented on the all-new S-MAX Pro sand printer, that can achieve print speeds of up to 135 l/h (18 s/layer). The S-MAX Pro will be launched at the 2019 GIFA International Foundry Trade Fair. Visitors are invited to experience the technology in Hall 15 at Stand A11 through June 29 at the Messe Düsseldorf in Germany.
“With this expanded partnership, ExOne will deliver even more value to our foundry and manufacturing customers who rely on our industrial 3D printers,” said CEO John Hartner. “We are proud to be the first industrial 3D printer to fully integrate the latest of Siemens control, sensing and motion technologies and this new MindSphere technology, which will give our customers a new level of control and plant integration.”
Dr. Karsten Heuser, Vice President of Additive Manufacturing at Siemens Digital Industries says: “We are proud to further strengthen our partnership with ExOne and to further advance the industrialization of Additive Manufacturing. Siemens brings in new digital technologies and its profound industrial domain knowhow to help ExOne in generating real values. The new S-MAX Pro 3D printer again proves that seamlessly integrated software and automation solutions result in shorter time to market, higher performance and maximum availability.”
Connected ExOne 3D Printing Systems
The Digital Enterprise portfolio from Siemens comprises integrated hardware, software and services supporting ExOne to leverage the benefits of Industry 4.0. In the center of this holistic approach stands the “Digital Twin” using a shared data model alongside the entire value chain: From the machine concept over machine simulation, engineering and commissioning to operations and services. Machine operators secure their investments with shorter lead times, increased machine performance and smarter service decisions.
The ExOne APP “3D Live” runs on MindSphere – the open and cloud-based IoT operating system from Siemens to analyze machine data and other relevant information in real-time, providing the basis for automated or timely decision-making and by that turns data into value. As an example, ExOne machines enable the operator to identify anomalies for improving maintenance and repair activities so that unplanned downtimes can be avoided.
“We look forward to working with Siemens to further our capabilities in delivering production solutions for industrial 3D printing. Together we will help our customers integrate our systems into new smart factories and integrate with those already deploying Siemens’ technology,” Hartner added.