How to prepare for industrial-scale additive manufacturing

By Stephanie Aldrete

If you’ve been following this blog, you know that one technology that is revolutionizing manufacturing is industrial-scale additive manufacturing, also known as ISAM.

ISAM allows for capabilities not possible with traditional manufacturing methods. Companies can now build complex, customizable products once thought impossible. What’s more, process and efficiency are built into the equation to accentuate the benefits of this new technology.  The market is now at a place where when you can reinvent parts; you can also reinvent the process.

In our new podcast series, “Is Your Company Ready for Industrial-Scale Additive Manufacturing,” Dean Haehnel, director of marketing, and Robert Meshel, director of the Siemens Additive Manufacturing Network initiative, discuss ISAM’s capabilities in detail and offer insight into how a company can prepare for industrial-scale printing.

Haehnel and Meshel discuss how ISAM affects the entire business model and how you think of manufacturing, including what it means to reinvent your processes for complexity and customization. Moreover, it transitions to the materials used in manufacturing, reimagining products which couldn’t be created in the past.


The potential is enormous for ISAM. It’s an investment in the future which will soon be fully integrated into the manufacturing process. Analysts have estimated that the industry is currently worth an estimated $7 billion, with continued growth expected at 25 percent in the next five years.  It’s the purest manifestation of Industry 4.0 ― fully digital. 

Episode 1: Is Your Company Ready for Industrial-Scale Additive Manufacturing?

Dean and Robert cover what ISAM means; the benefits of additive manufacturing and its relevance to ISAM; what it’s going to take to achieve industrial levels of manufacturing; how to begin the journey to ISAM; and, how long it may take for ISAM to become commonplace in manufacturing.

Episode 2 – Industrial Additive Manufacturing: Risks and Opportunities

AM Network pic.pngDean and Robert discuss the opportunity and value of ISAM, changes in the industry that companies are concerned about; and an introduction to the Siemens Additive Manufacturing Network.  

Episode 3 – Jumpstarting ISAM with the Siemens Additive Manufacturing Network

Dean and Robert discuss the Siemens Additive Manufacturing Network, including how it works and how manufacturers can leverage it to get started with their industrial-scale additive manufacturing journey.

Episode 4 – Where to Start: Three Use Cases for Industrial-Scale Additive Manufacturing

Dean and Robert define some use cases for industrial-scale AM and the Siemens Additive Manufacturing Network, including how to know if ISAM may be right for your business, and how the Siemens Additive Manufacturing Network will help you get the most from your additive manufacturing journey.

Listen to the new series of four short podcasts to learn more about how to start your additive manufacturing journey.

The full podcast series is available on SoundcloudStitcher, and iTunes.


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