Siemens Launches #3DExpress: A Special Interest Group for Additive Manufacturing


Once again, it is time to bring you the weekly #3DExpress, where we take a look at some of the interesting tidbits from this week. Today, we will start off with well-known OEM Siemens, who has shown their dedication to additive manufacturing with the setting up of the new Additive Manufacturing Special Interest Group (AMSIG). The goal is to promote training and education on AM for all interested parties. Next up, learn more about the strategic partnership between the BMW Group and Dassault Systèmes as they aim to speed up production for the iconic car manufacturer. Finish out the news with more information about Meltio’s strategic expansion to the USA, Steakholder. Foods’s aim to make food 3D printing more commercially-viable and news about 3D Systems’ stocks. Happy weekend and happy reading!

Siemens Announces Additive Manufacturing Special Interest Group

It has become clear that Siemens wants to focus even more on additive manufacturing in the future and is committed to building and sharing knowledge about AM. For this reason, Siemens Digital Industries Software has set up the Additive Manufacturing Special Interest Group (AMSIG). The aim of this interest group is to promote further training in 3D printing and to encourage a regular exchange of knowledge. The meetings of the interest groups will take place every two weeks and only last 30 minutes, so that the exchange does not require any additional time. The first meeting took place on February 7 and members can watch the recording online if they are unable to attend. Siemens is offering this opportunity for exchange to partners, customers and anyone interested in learning more about AM and taking part in discussions on industry-relevant topics. The speakers will be either Siemens employees, partners or customers. Demonstrations and application examples of Siemens software will also be presented.

BMW Group and Dassault Systèmes enter into strategic partnership for faster product development

Dassault Systèmes and the BMW Group have been working together for years to drive innovation together. A newly announced strategic partnership will take the collaboration to a new level and initiate a new phase in their existing cooperation. Dassault Systèmes will support BMW in driving its future development platform, at the heart of which will be Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERINCE platform. Digital twins will be used to break down the complexity of car manufacturing. Each model can be configured with integrated real-time data. The long-term goal is to speed up the process from idea to production and ensure faster delivery of car models. “We will only optimize our engineering process if we think digitally, work in a network and rely on an integrated database. For the BMW Group, the 3DEXPERIENCE platform will support this approach and help us achieve a higher level of quality in our processes,” says Julien Hohenstein, Vice President Processes, Digitalization, Governance Idea to Offer at BMW Group Research and Development. Laurence Montanari, Vice President, Transportation & Mobility Industry at Dassault Systèmes adds: “With the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, the BMW Group can rethink its development process to offer its customers the most personalized and sustainable experiences.”

Meltio Strengthens Presence in the USA

Based in Linares, Spain, Meltio is dedicated to the development of metal additive manufacturing solutions. Its Laser Metal Deposition (LMD) technology offers the ability to manufacture parts with both wire and powder simultaneously with the same printhead. In recent days, we have learned of two new collaborations with the aim of boosting Meltio’s technology and strengthening its position in the international market. The first one is with 3D Phoenix, a Polish company specialized in the supply of high-performance industrial 3D printers. Furthermore, the Spanish company has partnered with U.S.-based One Off Robotics, dedicated to creating advanced robotic manufacturing systems. The goal? To develop an innovative, out-of-the-box additive manufacturing work cell that includes comprehensive support to help end users in any industry.

Steakholder Foods Announces First MOU in Further Efforts to Industrialize Food 3D Printing

Food 3D printing has seen quite a burst in activity in recent months. An industry that was once considered niche has quickly grown. Most recently, Steakholder Foods has announced that one of Israel’s leading alternative protein manufacturers and the largest tofu producer, Wyler Farms, has signed a memorandum of understanding to acquire Steakholder Foods’ 3D printer, along with the proprietary software and a subscription to the company’s NutriBlend™ ink. In a recent press release, Steakholder Foods noted that the move marks an industry-first incorporation of industrial-scale 3D printing technology into the food sector and a significant step forward when it comes to reaching commercialization of Steakholder Foods’ 3D printing technology.

3D printed alternative meat from Steakholder Foods (photo credits: Steakholder Foods)

Companies Increase Shares in 3D Systems Even as Stock Is Down

3D Systems, like most of the market, had a tumultuous 2023. However, interesting moves may be on the horizon. In the latest news, after legal filings with the Securities & Exchange Commission became available, it seems that a number of investors have increased their stake in shares of the company. Notably, Quantbot Technologies lifted its share in stake 83.2% in Q3 of 2023, purchasing an additional 75,938 for a total of 167,249 share in 3D Systems’ stock. Other investors include BlackRock (1.3% increase in stake of shares), Vanguard Group (increase by 1.0%) and State Street Corp (raise in stake by 0.9%), among others. Moreover, the Director of 3D Systems, Thomas W. Erickson, bought 50,000 shares in Q3 2023, leaving him to directly own 257,294 shares in the company. This all while 3D Systems overall stock was reported to be down 4.4% in the same period.

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