Additive manufacturing (AM) has taken on a major role in the development and production of components and spare parts for Siemens Energy in recent years. In addition to setting up its own AM production lines and acquiring AM service provider Materials Solutions in 2016, the company is now expanding its commitment in this area with its investment in the start-up MakerVerse.
- Joint venture with ZEISS and financial/venture capital investors
- Extended use of on-demand additive manufacturing for prototypes as along with a spare-part supply
MakerVerse is a joint venture initiative between industry-leaders Siemens Energy, ZEISS, and financial/venture capital investors, including Ninepointfive ventures. The new company combines cutting-edge industry expertise with profound knowledge in digital venture-building. The new venture is creating a one-stop fulfillment platform that connects industrial clients with a global network of certified additive manufacturing suppliers for projects like design prototypes and producing on-demand spare parts. MakerVerse covers the full technological service spectrum, starting with core 3D printing/additive manufacturing technologies in the initial launch phase and expanding into further relevant on-demand technologies such as CNC and injection molding in the near future.
Siemens Energy has one the of the largest fleets of metal additive manufacturing printers worldwide and is in full serial production of dedicated gas turbine parts: for example, combustion components and turbine vanes. Additive manufacturing is also used to repair highly complex and stressed turbine blades and burner tips and to accelerate a variety of development programs.
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