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Siemens has partnered with metal 3D printing firm ExOne Company to improve operational efficiency for players in the foundry, aerospace, automotive and energy industries.

Siemens is providing its Digital Enterprise portfolio including MindSphere for integration with ExOne's new S-Max Pro sand printer.

The aim is to ensure players in the industries leverage the benefits of Industry 4.0 to secure their return on investments quickly, increase machine performance and gain smarter service decisions.

ExOne's app 3D Live will use Siemens' MindSphere cloud-based IoT platform to analyse machine data and other relevant information in real-time, providing the basis for automated or timely decision-making.

This will help assets operators to identify anomalities quickly and improve assets maintenance and repair activities.