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Latest Episode5/4/2022

The Current State of Additive Manufacturing in the Energy Industry

Season 2, Ep. 5
Additive manufacturing has the ability to remove many of the supply chain bottlenecks faced by companies in the energy industry. However, there is still some hesitancy towards fully embracing it as part of their go-to solutions. This is because the early adopters have not yet unlocked its full potential when combined with other tools such as design and simulation tools.I’m your host, Ashley Eckhoff, and I’m joined by John Nixon of Siemens Digital Industries Software and John Lusty, the Industry Lead for Energy & Utilities Industry Marketing at Siemens Digital Industries Software. They’ll share with us the current state of additive manufacturing in the energy industry.In this episode, you’ll learn about the challenges that have slowed down the adoption of additive manufacturing in the energy industry. You’ll also learn about the role that simulation and automation are playing as the industry continues to digitalize. Additionally, you’ll learn about what has prompted increased digitalization within the industry in the last five years.What You’ll Learn in This Episode:The challenges slowing down the adoption of additive manufacturing (00:51)The role that simulation is playing in the energy industry (07:55)Areas within the energy industry that are embracing automation (11:15)The position of additive manufacturing within the energy industry in the Gartner Hype Curve (13:30)Connect with John Nixon:LinkedInConnect with John Lusty:LinkedInConnect with Ashley Eckhoff:LinkedIn
5/4/2022

The Current State of Additive Manufacturing in the Energy Industry

Season 2, Ep. 5
Additive manufacturing has the ability to remove many of the supply chain bottlenecks faced by companies in the energy industry. However, there is still some hesitancy towards fully embracing it as part of their go-to solutions. This is because the early adopters have not yet unlocked its full potential when combined with other tools such as design and simulation tools.I’m your host, Ashley Eckhoff, and I’m joined by John Nixon of Siemens Digital Industries Software and John Lusty, the Industry Lead for Energy & Utilities Industry Marketing at Siemens Digital Industries Software. They’ll share with us the current state of additive manufacturing in the energy industry.In this episode, you’ll learn about the challenges that have slowed down the adoption of additive manufacturing in the energy industry. You’ll also learn about the role that simulation and automation are playing as the industry continues to digitalize. Additionally, you’ll learn about what has prompted increased digitalization within the industry in the last five years.What You’ll Learn in This Episode:The challenges slowing down the adoption of additive manufacturing (00:51)The role that simulation is playing in the energy industry (07:55)Areas within the energy industry that are embracing automation (11:15)The position of additive manufacturing within the energy industry in the Gartner Hype Curve (13:30)Connect with John Nixon:LinkedInConnect with John Lusty:LinkedInConnect with Ashley Eckhoff:LinkedIn
3/31/2022

Additive Manufacturing in the Energy Industry

Season 2, Ep. 4
The energy industry has for a long time been conservative and opposed to changes in its operations. However, the current shift in energy preference that has been brought on by the need for environmental conservation and government regulation has changed the industry’s attitude. They are now digitalizing and embracing concepts such as additive manufacturing to reduce cost, attract talent, and extend the life of existing plants.I’m your host Ashley Eckhoff and I’m joined by John Nixon of Siemens Digital Industries Software and John Lusty, the Industry Lead for Energy & Utilities Industry Marketing at Siemens Digital Industries Software. They’ll share with us how additive manufacturing is being used to transform the energy industry.In this episode, you’ll learn about the different segments within the Siemens energy and utility industry. You’ll also learn about the challenges that additive manufacturing solves and the opportunities it opens up the industry to. Additionally, you’ll learn why the adoption of new technology in the industry has increased over the past few years.What You’ll Learn in This Episode:The impact that energy transition is having on the industry (04:09)How the adoption of new technology impacts new energy projects (06:45)The speed of technology adoption within the energy industry (07:45)The challenges that additive manufacturing solves (14:21)Connect with John Nixon:LinkedInConnect with John Lusty:LinkedInConnect with Ashley Eckhoff:LinkedIn
8/19/2021

Exploring the Impact of Additive Manufacturing in the Aviation Industry

Season 2, Ep. 3
Additive manufacturing (AM) has made it possible to manufacture lighter and stronger parts. It has also allowed software to play a bigger role and this has led to increased efficiency and flexibility. One of the biggest beneficiaries of AM has been the aviation industry, which encompasses the defense, aerospace, and space industries. Uniquely designed aviation parts can now be manufactured, tested, and certified within a relatively short time frame.Joining us today is Christina Kurth, Vice President of Sales at Sintavia LLC, a company that utilizes additive manufacturing to design and manufacture critical space, defense, and aerospace parts. She’ll share her insight on the impact that this approach is having on the aviation industry.In this episode, you’ll learn about the process Sintavia follows in manufacturing parts using AM and the role played by software. The techniques of validating the newly produced parts will be covered, as well as the categories of parts that are produced. We’ll also discuss the future of this transformative approach to manufacturing and its position in the Gartner hype curve.Some Questions I ask:What services does Sintavia provide for its customers? (3:29)What kind of parts does Sintavia print for aerospace customers? (5:55)How do space, defense, and aerospace customers differ in their requirements? (10:32)What techniques are used to test and certify parts? (15:46)What will additive manufacturing be used for a few years from now? (21:32)What You’ll Learn in this Episode:Aerospace adoption mix for space, aerospace, and defense (9:32)The process of aerospace parts production (10:50)The benefits of additive manufacturing over traditional manufacturing (12:02)Techniques of validating newly manufactured aerospace parts (16:15)The role of software in additive manufacturing (17:59)The position of the aviation industry in the Gartner hype cycle (18:52)Connect with Christina Kurth:LinkedInSintaviaConnect with Ashley Eckhoff:LinkedIn
8/12/2021

Part II: Additive Manufacturing in the Aerospace Industry with Dale Tutt, Vice President of Aerospace and Defense Industry at Siemens Digital Industries Software

Season 2, Ep. 2
With new technology comes new opportunities. But, that’s not to say it doesn’t come with its fair share of challenges. Software developers and aerospace manufacturers alike can clearly see the potential of adopting additive manufacturing in part production. As more of the industry leans into the possibilities, they’re seeing impressive ROIs that are easily justifying the switch to additive. Whether it’s through lightweighting or easing the environmental burden, it’s clearly the way of the future.Joining us again today is Dale Tutt, Vice President of Aerospace and Defense Industry at Siemens Digital Industries Software. As a key part of our industry strategy development around aerospace software, his valuable insight into the needs and perspective of customers helps our product teams develop innovative solutions that improve the overall experience.In this episode, you’ll hear what we’ve learned from the experiences of early adopters of additive technology, and the role software plays in the process. We’ll touch on traceability, part production confidence, and where things stand in the regulatory realm. You’ll also hear about a few of the remaining hurdles to industry-wide adoption, plus you’ll get a peek into the future of aerospace technology to hear what’s on the horizon.Some Questions I ask:What percentage of printing would you say is being done in-house versus at suppliers these days? (1:33)What role does software play in the adoption of additive manufacturing for aerospace? (4:43)What are some hurdles that we still have to get past to aid additive in its adoption across aerospace? (8:39)What are some future technologies that you see becoming more important to the aerospace industry in the years ahead? (13:48)What You’ll Learn in this Episode:How early adopters of additive are helping to fill the knowledge gap (3:18)The importance of traceability (6:23)The road to viable production technology in aerospace (11:32)A few environmental benefits of additive manufacturing (15:36)Connect with Dale Tutt:LinkedInConnect with Ashley Eckhoff:LinkedIn
4/23/2021

Additive Manufacturing in the Aerospace Industry with Dale Tutt, Vice President of Aerospace and Defense Industry at Siemens Digital Industries Software

Season 2, Ep. 1
As we kick off Season 2 of the podcast, we’ll be exploring the various ways in which additive manufacturing impacts different industries. Starting with the aerospace industry, there’s a lot to uncover. One of the most important considerations in aerospace comes down to weight, and the faster parts and materials can adapt to the needs of manufacturers, the quicker they can get rockets into space and planes into the sky. This is where additive manufacturing provides unique benefits.My guest today is Dale Tutt, the Vice President of Aerospace and Defense Industry at Siemens Digital Industries Software. Essentially, Dale represents the voice of the customer as he works alongside the product teams to develop solutions. He’s also responsible for helping develop the overall industry strategy.In this episode, we’ll learn how additive manufacturing is being used in the aerospace industry, and how it’s uniquely positioned to quickly develop parts when weight is a concern. We’ll also hear about the pace of adoption of new technology across the industry, and discover the certification details process that’s required for product clearance and implementation.Some Questions I ask:What use cases do you see being used in the aerospace industry? (3:20)Is saving weight important to people on the commercial and military side of aerospace? (6:20)How quickly does the aerospace industry adopt new technologies? (9:43)Are the standards bodies and regulatory agencies different for space, defense, and commercial? (16:14)What You’ll Learn in this Episode:An example of how additive manufacturing speeds up development (4:13)Why weight reduction measures are so important (7:00)How the certification process works for various parts (13:21)Connect With Dale Tutt:LinkedInConnect with Ashley Eckhoff:LinkedIn
11/10/2020

Facing Challenges and Unlocking the Adoption of Additive Manufacturing with Aaron Frankel

Ep. 5
Additive manufacturing is a greenfield technology, and it’s so rare in a career that you get to work on something brand new, where everyone is at the same level of knowledge and we are all learning how to use it, together. Its potential impact on the industry and the fact that with almost a single push of a button you can realize your products on a 3D printer is absolutely fascinating!But, as with anything new and unknown, challenges are on every corner, and engineers are working together to overcome them as they arise, and find answers to questions like, how do you know if a part is viable for additive manufacturing? How do we minimize the high-failure rate of 3D printed parts? How do you connect all of the different pieces of equipment on the floor shop for additive?In this episode, we’re back with Aaron Frankel, the Vice President of the Additive Manufacturing Software Program at Siemens Digital Industries Software. For 23 years he’s worked with the team as an Application Engineer, a Product Manager, and he’s been involved in marketing, design engineering, and manufacturing. He’s responsible for the overall additive manufacturing business, our solution roadmap, and our partner ecosystem. Today, we discuss the 3D printing industry and what Siemens has to offer in this area, as well as the challenges that hold companies back from scaling up additive manufacturing for production use.Some Questions I ask:What gets you excited about additive manufacturing? (04:10)What are some of the challenges that customers face when they try to adopt additive manufacturing? (07:45)How can a customer design the ideal functional part? (11:06)How are we helping our customers ensure that AM parts are qualified properly? (13:31)What You’ll Learn In This Episode:What Additive Manufacturing Experience Center is and how you can get involved. (00:56)The types of questions we receive from customers, with regards to additive manufacturing. (08:37)The importance of defining the context in which you use additive manufacturing. (12:26)Connect with Aaron Frankel:LinkedinTwitterSiemens Thought Leadership
9/29/2020

Quality Control and Leading Customers into the Future with Materials Solutions

Ep. 4
Additive Manufacturing is a technology with endless potential. Because it’s still relatively in its infancy, it takes a certain level of mental gymnastics to really comprehend where it could lead us. Certain industries like aerospace, automotive, and power generation came early to the table with ideas. Starting there meant that quality standards began at the absolute pinnacle. Since then, the possibilities have kept growing, opening doors to more and more industries globally.But with any new technology comes skepticism, and often there’s a reluctance to adapt old systems to new ways of thinking. Companies must shift their mindset from that of traditional manufacturing to that of additive manufacturing, so that the possibilities and benefits can begin to reveal themselves. This is how decision-makers are activated, and getting them excited about the possibilities of additive is where the future begins to take shape.Back with us today are Tad Steinberg and Trevor Illston from Materials Solutions. They are experts in printing complex metal parts of exceptional quality, most notably the high quality standards of the aerospace industry. Siemens acquired a majority stake in the company back in 2016.Trevor was one of the founding members of the company in 2006, and today he’s the Chief Technical Officer. He's been developing and applying additive technology to solve industrial problems and works closely with the aerospace, power generation, and automotive industries.Tad is the Manager of Siemens Energy's Additive Manufacturing Business Development, Marketing, and Sales. He leads business development activities for the Americas at AMAC, the Additive Manufacturing Application Center in Orlando, where he works to create solutions for customer training, identification, and application of engineering requirements.Today we continue our conversation from Episode 3, where we talked about how customers are using additive today, and how this technology is gearing up for the future. In this episode, we discuss the machines used in additive, and how they’re managed in order to produce consistent quality output . We also look into the future of additive and get an understanding of how customers view the innovations happening within the industry.Some Questions I Ask:How difficult do you find it to add a new machine from a different vendor or new materials to your process? (1:52)Have you found a lot of variation between machines of the same type and from the same vendor? (3:15)Do you guys have a consistent recalibration process time period that you go through? (3:43)How do you deal with a new material when a customer asks you to print something you haven't dealt with before? (6:06)What do you do to make sure that the prints you're making and delivering to your customers meet quality standards? (10:16)What You’ll Learn in This Episode:The process that eventually led to serial production (4:26)How climate change has been a catalyst for innovation (7:54)One impediment that is hindering the expansion of additive (8:39)The role software plays in quality control (11:00)The range of certifications obtained by Materials Solutions (11:50)The future outlook for additive manufacturing (14:14)Connect with Tad Steinberg:LinkedInConnect with Trevor Illston:LinkedInResources:Materials Solutions