Siemens, a technology company focused on industry, infrastructure, transport, and healthcare, announced the opening of its new Charlotte Advanced Technology Collaboration Hub (CATCH) in Charlotte, North Carolina. This new strategic research and development hub, spearheaded by Siemens Digital Industries, Siemens Technology, and Siemens Energy, will focus on assisting our customers in accelerating their plans for additive manufacturing industrialisation (AM). Siemens will use this space, in particular, to collaborate with key machine builders (OEMs), end-users, and US national laboratories to ensure the successful industrialisation of additive manufacturing.
“We are excited to launch this new additive manufacturing hub and to begin inviting customers in to collaborate and find ways to accelerate the industrialization of this technology. The benefits of additive manufacturing are clear from faster time-to-market, to better design through digital prototypes, to localized manufacturing helping to reduce supply chain constraints. We believe that future of manufacturing is additive.”– Tim Bell, Additive Manufacturing Business Manager, Siemens Digital Industries
Charlotte Advanced Technology Collaboration Hub
Siemens has also announced a number of collaborations with companies such as ExOne, Xerox, and Roboze, all of which are leaders in the development of industrial 3D printers. This collaboration will provide Siemens and its partners with access to the most cutting-edge hardware on the market. The CATCH facility works with machine builders, material suppliers, and end users to industrialise additive manufacturing.
Siemens will look to maintain its leadership in industrial digitalization through additive manufacturing, as it is the first truly digital manufacturing technology. We will achieve this by enabling our vast network of partners and customers to create, manufacture, and deploy additive applications at scale. CATCH will serve as an entry point for many manufacturers to learn how and why additive manufacturing (AM) is critical to designing products more effectively, manufacturing them closer to the point of purchase, and creating a more resilient supply chain.
Siemens has been instrumental in bringing emerging technologies to the point of industry acceptance and standardisation over the years. Siemens has always enabled trailblazers to advance the world we live in, from Computerized Numerical Controls (CNC) to industrial software. Dr. Hallee Deutchman, Head of Research in Materials and Industrialized Manufacturing (US) for Siemens Technology stated, “the CATCH center will not only help industrialize additive manufacturing, but also help incubate and grow the next generation of cutting-edge technology to solve industry’s hardest manufacturing problems.”
Siemens has assembled a team of world-class experts from various Siemens businesses and operating companies to assist our customers on their CATCH journey. CATCH will be one of seven hubs strategically placed at major AM ecosystems around the world, with the goal of facilitating customer AM journeys.
Siemens Financial Services (SFS) – Siemens’ financing arm – supplied the CATCH lab with a financing solution that aided the leasing of several 3D printers for use in the lab, further enabling collaboration between Siemens, machine OEMs, and end users. Financing additive manufacturing is a strategic priority for SFS as manufacturing evolves and digitalizes and the revolutionary use of 3D printing expands.
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