Navigating the Complexity of Additive Manufacturing: Insights from AM I Navigator


At Formnext, the Additive Manufacturing Industrialization Navigator (AM I Navigator) was unveiled, a collective effort from Siemens, DyeMansion, HP, BASF Forward AM, and EOS. This joint initiative seeks to offer personalized guidance for navigating the complexities of the fast-evolving landscape of industrial 3D printing. The AM I Navigator focuses on the varying requirements for automation, connectivity, and process expertise necessary to fully leverage additive manufacturing in diverse business scenarios.

Central to the AM I Navigator is its maturity model, which outlines the stages of industrialization in the AM industry with the goal of improved interoperability. The model covers the full process chain, from material selection to machine automation. This aid provides companies with a way to evaluate their current capabilities and specify targets across five predefined maturity levels. The model is comprehensive, covering not only production but also strategic planning, organizational culture, and overall value chain expertise.

By utilizing a maturity check aligned with the AM I Navigator framework, companies can pinpoint where they stand in the additive manufacturing landscape. Relying on insights from Siemens Digital Manufacturing Excellence, the check provides a structured approach to understanding a company’s current stage and identifying opportunities to enhance their production capabilities.

This initiative is not just for the founding companies; it extends an invitation to additional AM technology providers to contribute. Siemens Digital Industries, a driver of digital transformation, supports the initiative with its comprehensive Digital Enterprise portfolio, designed to enhance industry-specific productivity and flexibility.

The future of the industry seems poised for further collaboration and standardization, with initiatives like the AM I Navigator guiding companies towards more integrated and advanced additive manufacturing practices.

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