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Siemens setting up 3D-printing factory in UK to make aerospace, auto parts

Siemens setting up 3D-printing factory in UK to make aerospace, auto parts
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German engineering group Siemens said it has decided to invest €30 million ($37 million) to set up a 3D-printing factory in the UK as part of its additive-manufacturing plans to serve aerospace, automotive and other industries, a media report said.

By using artificial intelligence and inputs from customers, the unit will make customisable car parts, among other things, said automobile news portal Autocar.

The Worcester-based factory, which is expected to start in September, will more than double the company’s fleet of 3D-printing machines to 50. 

Siemens also helps companies set up 3D-printing equipment and facilities, said Willi Meixner, chief executive, power and gas, Siemens.

In 2016, Siemens had acquired a majority stake in 3D-printing specialist Materials Solutions. The latter uses Selective Laser Melting to make high-performance parts from high-temperature alloys. 

Materials Solutions is expected to make parts for Siemens’ power-generation equipment soon, Meixner said. 

On Tuesday, Autocar reported that Siemens has partnered US-based Hackrod to design a car in virtual reality, engineer it using artificial intelligence and then 3D print it.

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