SLM Solutions

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SLM Solutions unveiled to the public at Euromold the latest developments in SLM technology with their new PSA 500 system for metal powder recovery.

Dr. Markus Rechlin, CEO of SLM Solutions GmbH: "We see ourselves as a pioneer and trendsetter in the manufacturing technology for many industries from automotive and mechanical engineering to medicine-up to the air and space technology. We will surprise this year the industry with a new development. With the PSA 500, our system for automatic powder recovery, we go one step further in the additive manufacturing."

The PSA 500 operates autonomously. With automatic powder recovery, the entire unused powder obtained during the SLM process led from the build chamber through a discharge station for vibrating screens conditioning. By coupled with the seeving ultrasound unit a very fine grain size and a higher yield can be ensured. The seeving process has no influence on the parallel construction processes and reducing unproductive downtime.

The Automatic Powder Sieving Station PSA 500 and Build Volume Handling Unit is a fully automatic powder filtering unit. The machine is equipped with a special screw system for emptying the process chamber overflow containers and refilling the powder container under an inert gas atmosphere. The electrically operated build volume is carried out to a container station to empty the whole build powder into a funnel. From this device the powder is forwarded controlled to the vibration sieving system. The sieved GO grain powder passes into steel container which is fixed in position inside the sieving system. The sieving process runs fully automatically and does not have an influence on the parallel running build process of the SLM system, which reduces the ancillary times. Fresh powder is brought via a screw system from the main reservoir either direct to the re-coater or a defind powder volume above the system.

The system is equipped with an additional ultrasonic device to support the sieving procedure. Fine mesh filters and sieves are standard and commercially available products and pre-assembled with a 100µm mesh insert.

For more information, visit: stage.slm-solutions.com/index.php?psa-500_en

At EuroMold this year SLM Solutions will present the SLM 500 HL selective laser melting machine, in Hall 11.0, booth C80. On Nov 27th the new system will be unveiled to interested trade fair visitors. The laser beam melting system SLM 500 HL is both the largest and most productive system for powder-bed based laser beam melting.

The SLM 500 HL provides a build chamber of 500 x 280 x 325 cm³ and a unique double beam technology. Each of the two fibre lasers (400 +1000W) operate on the powder bed by a 3D scanning unit. Two of these units are working at the same time what makes a total of 4 lasers in operation. Included in the SLM® 500 HL is the shell-core-imaging process with two different laser beam profiles. These profiles may be used independently, but also parallel and simultaneously in the process. This will significantly increase productivity.

This method takes into account not only 2 lasers operating simultaneously and parallel ("Dual spot scanning"), but at the same time the lasers are melting several layers of powder in one melting process with a 1000W-Laser.  That is the reason why the melting process has a 10 times higher build rate compared to former additive metal systems.

To manage the weight of higher metal volume, a new changeable build chamber has been developed. The transport of metal powder is done by a continuous conveying system due to the increased volumes and weights. This automates the management of powder and eliminates the manual handling of loads with bottles and containers. The time consuming manual filling the system no longer applies.

The system offers Magic AutoFab to process CAD/STL data files as a standard feature which is also used for slicing and support generation. In addition the software architecture includes modules for monitoring, auditing and quality assessment to exercise optimal quality control in production.

These options contribute to an uninterrupted and error-free basis melting process. They not only present high quality assurance requirements in medical technology, aviation and aerospace, but also significantly increase the level of process reliability and reproducibility.

For more information, visit: www.slm-solutions.com

SLM Solutions GmbH, proceeds global growth strategy in establishing a wholly owned subsidiary in the U.S. Situated in Commerce, Michigan, the associated company operates under the name SLM Solutions NA, Inc. The well known manufacturer of equipment for small and medium lot production of prototypes and series parts from Luebeck is going to serve the whole US-American and Canadian market up from this position.

Since 2012 SLM Solutions is engaged in North America. Reasons for founding a new office in Michigan were the increasing demand of technical consulting services as well as the great demand of systems for additive manufacturing in America. With the establishment of a subsidiary SLM Solutions meets the requirements of the American market in local support. Next to the distribution, the company will focus on strengthening and expanding the service and sales network in Canada, Mexico and the U.S.

The US-American office will provide the whole range of products of SLM Solutions with a focus on additive manufacturing systems, especially the SLM (Selective Laser Melting) Technology. Beyond the standard program of SLM-, Vacuum Casting- and Metal Part Casting Systems, consumables are also provided.

The US-settlement is a further step of the globalization strategy of the pioneer and technology leader situated in Luebeck, Germany near to Hamburg. SLM Solutions has now direct representation in about 38 countries worldwide.

“We also recognize the trend to additive manufacturing systems offering high precision manufacturing solutions for prototypes and small series parts in the U.S. Our systems give companies the chance to optimize their production in a more efficient and independent  way.“, says H.-J. Ihde, CEO and President of the SLM Solutions GmbH. For the development of the new office, Jim Fendrick, an experienced market maven could be won for the team, who already promoted the market together with Stratasys and EOS.

From May 22 to 25, 2012 SLM Solutions presented its generative systems in Atlanta, GA at Rapid 2012 in Hyatt Regency. This year SLM Solutions exhibited the Selective Laser Melting System SLM 280 HL. The machine shows the whole Selective Laser Melting Process. The intelligent construction turns the SLM 280HL into an ideal allrounder model for SLM processes. Jim Fendrick, VP, SLM Solutions NA, Inc. explains: “The North American market will find the openness of our systems and company refreshing. We can provide a number of solutions to our customers, from building prototype parts with one of our three standard machine offerings, with any of our 10 metal materials; to adding various options like closed loop material handling and process monitoring for series production of consistent metal parts, or even helping our customer create a special process with custom designed capabilities. All standard parameters of the process are provided and totally transparent to the user to modify as desired, an open architecture, quite powerful and quite different than competitive offerings today.“

The SLM Solutions GmbH, pioneer in the sector of Rapid Manufacturing Systems, is serving customers in the fields of Vacuum Casting, Metal Casting and Selective Laser Melting for more than 50 years. Focused industries are automotive, education, consumer electronics, aerospace and medical.

As a pioneer in this field, SLM Solutions is developing and producing specific and economical solutions for their customers. The company has long time know-how in Rapid Prototyping processes and customer areas. This knowledge was aquired under the previos company setups and names HEK GmbH, MCP HEK Tooling GmbH, MTT Technologies GmbH and finally SLM Solutions GmbH. In 2010 SLM Solutions GmbH was separated from the previous MTT Technologies Group to improve flexibility in enhancing innovative products and solutions for generative system technology as ALM and SLM. Another focus will be on sales and service network to be attended more directly.

For more information, visit: www.slm-solutions.com

SLM Solutions, pioneer and leader in Rapid Manufacturing Technology, and Bego Bremer Goldschlägerei Wilh. Herbst GmbH & Co. KG, leading international specialist in prosthodontics, concluded a patent agreement for medical and dental branches.

Bego Bremer Goldschlägerei Wilh. Herbst GmbH & Co. KG, is one of the leading international companies in prosthodontics and implantology. The Company from Bremen has been invested in R&D and the development of future technologies massively since a couple of years. Comparably in the future market of digital CAD/CAM solutions, BEGO is a pioneer in Selective Laser Melting Technology (SLM) for the dental branch and holds important patents concerning this manufacturing process.

SLM Solutions and BEGO concluded a licensing agreement. Signing the contract allows the german manufacturer of systems for generative manufacturing processes to be also successful in the medical and dental industry. “We feel very glad about the licensing agreement with SLM Solutions. I´m convinced that we created a win-win-situation, from which both companies will benefit enormously in the future. I also understand this as a verification of our business strategy to advance Research and Development”, said Christoph Weiss, managing partner of BEGO. Hans J. Ihde, President and CEO of SLM Solutions agreed with this statement: “Using the Bego- patents gives our customers legitimated security rights and strengthens our offer for using SLM Systems in the dental market. After having launched the SLM-Technology successfully into the industrial sector 10 years ago, we are definitely better positioned in the medical sector now!“

The SLM-Process generates precise and homogenous metal parts from 3 D CAD-data of computers in a layer building process without limits in design and in remarkable speed and accuracy. BEGO launched this technology into the dental industry in 2011. In contrast to the classical cutting technology it can be worked more efficiently concerning energy and material output.

After EOS GmbH Electro Optical Systems, SLM Solutions GmbH is the second manufacturer BEGO concluded a comparable licensing agreement about using the SLM-Patents. “In this way we not only document a strong position of our SLM-Technology, either we give a sign to the market: BEGO defends and merchandises its patents successfully.“, underlines Dr. Thomas Kosin, technical director of BEGO.

For more information, visit: www.slm-solutions.com or www.bego.com

Just one year after having changed the name from MTT Technologies GmbH in SLM Solutions GmbH, the SLM Solutions Team presented no less than two machines at EuroMold 2011. Next to the SLM 125 HL which is particularly made for the dental industry and for smaller parts, the taller machine SLM 280 HL convinced at the first public appearance. Visitors and market accompanists were comparably impressed from technical parameters and innovative details of the system. The concept itself has been developed in close cooperation with Fraunhofer ILT in Aachen. The SLM 280 HL provides a build chamber of 280 x 280 x 350 mm and a unique double beam technology. This will improve not only the laser beam profile but also the quality factor of components as well as the building speed. Moreover the SLM 280 HL does convince with a highly precising 3D-scan-optical system and a closed process of gas consumption.

Hans J. Ihde, president and CEO of the SLM Solutions GmbH, stated: " For SLM Solutions the EuroMold 2011 stands for entering a new period, we positioned our company in a new way and the whole team successfully worked together to advance new developments. A first result is the increasing quantity of interests in comparison to the previous year. Moreover we had the chance to sell our machine SLM 280 HL right here at Euromold". Henner Schöneborn, Vice President add: "The quality of the visitors was very highly positioned. We had a lot of conversations with responsable persons for budgets and the project pipeline is already filled for the next few months." In the same way Stefan Ritt, Sales- und Marketing Manager, draws a satisfying conclusion: "We felt the power of the top-class innovative and technological EuroMold at our booth. The increasing frequency of international visitors exceeded all our expectations. Certainly we will again participate next year."

The SLM Solutions GmbH, pioneer in the sector of Rapid Manufacturing Systems, is serving customers in the fields of Vacuum Casting, Metal Casting and Selective Laser Melting for more than 50 years. Focused industries are automotive, education, consumer electronics, aerospace and medical. As a pioneer in this field, SLM Solutions is developing and producing specific and economical solutions for their customers. The company has long time know-how in Rapid Prototyping processes and customer areas. This knowledge was aquired under the previos company setups and names HEK GmbH, MCP HEK Tooling GmbH, MTT Technologies GmbH and finally SLM Solutions GmbH. In 2010 SLM Solutions GmbH was separated from the previous MTT Technologies Group to improve flexibility in enhancing innovative products and solutions for generative system technology as ALM and SLM. Another focus will be on sales and service network to be attended more directly.

For more information, visit: www.slm-solutions.com/en/products/slm-equipment/slm-280-hl

SLM Solutions GmbH, a German manufacturer of equipment for Rapid Prototyping presents the SLM 280 HL, a new generation of Selective Laser Melting Systems at EuroMold 2011 in Frankfurt in hall 11.0, booth C80.

SLM Solutions, leading manufacturer of equipment for small and medium lot production of series parts is serving customers in the fields of Vacuum Casting, Metal Casting as well as Selective Laser Melting (SLM) and presents its latest generation of Selective Laser Melting Systems, the SLM 280 HL. SLM Solutions GmbH focuses on technical parameters as there are given process reliability, operator convenience or build speed for example and works closely together with considerable economic institutions promoting the potential of Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS).

A close cooperation with Fraunhofer ILT in Aachen enables the SLM Solutions GmbH to develop and to manufacture a system technology that is more effective to compact series parts. The generative Selective Laser Melting System SLM 280 HL provides a build chamber of 280 x 280 x 350 mm and a unique double beam technology. Due to the fact that the new system avoids the usage of “Z-Shift” F-Theta Optics, the beam focus as well as the component quality factor achieve a higher level of quality. Furthermore a wide range of materials has been covered throughout the years with the result of qualified substances as there are Stainless Steel, Tooling Steel, Cobalt-Chromium, Super Alloys, Aluminium or Titanium.

Innovative solutions as for example the patented and bidirectional movement of the loader makes the SLM Solutions Systems to high rate products in its class. Together with the patented safe filter system in conjunction with the highly efficient protective gas agitation, the SLM 280 HL convinces with optimal process conditions in a lasting production. As a standard all systems are provided by the market-leading Rapid-Prototyping-Software Magics AutoFab to read a variety of Cad-format and STL-Data respectively Slice-Data configurating process- and part specific parameters. Moreover a totally open control programme supports the operator to work out individual building parameters. Therefore material qualifications can be implemented directly by the operator with regard to his own specific requirements.

SLM Solutions GmbH, Manufacturer of equipment for small and medium lot production of prototypes and series parts is servicing customers in the field of Vacuum casting, metal casting and Selective Laser Melting for more than 50 years. Focused industries are Automotive, education, consumer electronics, aerospace and medical.

As a pioneer in this field SLM Solutions is developing and producing specific and economical solutions for their customers. The company has long time Know-how in Rapid prototyping processes and customer areas. This knowledge was acquired under the previous company setups and names HEK GmbH, MCP HEK Tooling GmbH, MTT Technologies GmbH and finally today SLM Solutions GmbH

For more information, visit: www.slm-solutions.com

SLM Solutions GmbH, a German manufacturer of equipment for Rapid prototyping and Additive layer manufacturing improves its market presence and position. The market leader in Selective Laser Melting applications, vacuum casting and investment metal casting aims for further market growth through improved new business structure.

“Throughout the previous years our developments in Rapid prototyping and manufacturing have influenced and modified the market to the advantage of the customers. This has given us a prime position in competition. Now we do the next step to develop and improve this situation for the future”, says Hans J.Ihde, managing director and owner of SLM Solutions GmbH.

“Our new own product line as well as partner product become more and more first choice for our customer base. With the present and coming improvements of our SLM-range we do expect more interesting discussions with our customers at the coming events and visits. We aim to grow with the best solutions and perfect service and seek closer cooperation with our customers” is pointed out by Henner Schöneborn, technical director of SLM Solutions GmbH.

The new company structure is focused on Quality, flexibility and customer contact. To achieve these goals in November 2010 SLM Solutions GmbH was separated from the previous MTT Technologies Group. One focus will be on R&D to enable customer specific solutions as well as standardized production.

SLM Solutions GmbH, Manufacturer of equipment for small and medium lot production of prototypes and series parts is servicing customers in the field of Vacuum casting, metal casting and Selective Laser Melting for more than 50 years. Focused industries are Automotive, education, consumer electronics, aerospace and medical. As a pioneer in this field SLM Solutions is developing and producing specific and economical solutions for their customers. The company has long time Know-how in Rapid prototyping processes and customer areas. This knowledge was acquired under the previous company setups and names HEK GmbH, MCP HEK Tooling GmbH, MTT Technologies GmbH and finally today SLM Solutions GmbH

For more information, visit: www.slm-solutions.com

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