SLM Solutions at Rapid.Tech 2018: Rapid Prototyping in Series Production

SLM Solutions Group AG will exhibit and give a presentation at Rapid.Tech 2018. The leading producer of metal-based additive manufacturing technology is due to showcase its latest developments from June 5 – 7, 2018 in Erfurt at stand 2-313.

Rapid.Tech + FabCon 3.D is the international trade fair where additive manufacturing specialists gather to showcase their latest innovations. Over 200 exhibitors are due to attend the event, now in its 15th year. At the parallel conference, delegates will share the latest scientific insights and practical expertise in 3D printing.

SLM Solutions uses this meeting point for the industry to report about the latest results, trends and applications in additive manufacturing. This year, the company will present its metal-based additive manufacturing technology at stand 2-313, including the SLM®280 2.0. This machine maps the entire selective laser melting process. The SLM®280 2.0 is designed to be an all-purpose system, suitable for both R+D and the production of highly complex components.

At the specialist forum on medical, dental and orthopedic technology, SLM Solutions will report on the use of additive manufacturing in medical engineering.  Philip Oris, Business Development Director Medical & Dental at SLM Solutions Group AG, will deliver his presentation about the latest developments on June 6 at 2.30 pm entitled: “Productivity of Selective Laser Melting for AM production of surgical implants”.

 “Alongside medical engineering, we will also be showcasing a range of solutions for other sectors at our stand, such as aerospace, automotive, energy and tool production,” explains Stefan Ritt, VP Head of Global Marketing and Communications at SLM Solutions Group AG. “We are one of the leading technology businesses in the industry. We have a highly qualified and dedicated group of employees, and use the latest production systems. These put us in a great position to continue pushing technical development forward.”

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SLM® Manufacturing Technology at 3D PRINT 2018 in Lyon

SLM Solutions Group AG, a leading provider of metal-based additive manufacturing technology, is going to exhibit at 3D PRINT 2018 at booth C12 in Hall 1 from June 5 to 7. The Lübeck company is taking part as an exhibitor and program planner at the Congress Fair in Lyon.

Visitors can expect a wide range of new developments, conferences and workshops at 3D PRINT. More than 100 speakers, experts and users will report on the latest developments and their own experiences with additive manufacturing technology. At booth C12 in Hall 1, SLM Solutions will present the entire bandwidth of the additive SLM® selective laser melting technology: processes, machines, materials and services.

The machine SLM®280 2.0 will be at the heart of the trade fair exhibit of SLM Solutions, which handles the complete process chain (closed loop) of additive manufacturing: from data generation to the melting process and all the way to powder recovery and recycling. The SLM®280 is the ideal "all-purpose system" for both R+D divisions as well as for production processes using SLM® procedures. Measuring 280 x 280 x 365 mm³, the machine has one of the largest build envelopes in its class as well as patented multi-beam technology. The powerful 700 W lasers, which expose the build field during the build process via 3D scan optics, further shorten build times.

In addition to the exhibition, SLM Solutions is supporting the exhibition with a workshop. Ralf Frohwerk, Global Head of Business Development at SLM Solutions Group AG, will present the topic “3D metal printing with selective laser melting technology is on the way to series production in the automotive industry.”

Based on various examples from actual practice, the SLM® team will explain what the advantages are in redesigning of conventional components in the additive manufacturing process and how these can be integrated into lean, competitive production processes. Experts are looking forward to having intensive discussions and exchanges with you at trade fair booth C12 in Hall 1.

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SLM Solutions Is Presenting Metal-Based Additive SLM® Manufacturing Technology at ELMIA 3D

The SLM Solutions Group AG is presenting its metal-based additive SLM® manufacturing technology at ELMIA 3D during the Elmia Production Fairs 2018. Current developments, practical examples and business potential will be presented in Swedish Jönköping at trade fair booth 01:12 in Hall MG on May 15–18.

The Elmia Production Fairs combine five trade fairs for industrial production under one roof. ELMIA 3D will take place for the first time in 2018. The trade fair brings together suppliers of machines, new materials and production facilities of additive manufacturing to get to know the production techniques of tomorrow in more detail.

SLM Solutions Group AG, a leading provider of metal-based additive manufacturing technology, will present the industrial application fields of its machines at ELMIA 3D. The focus of its trade fair exhibit will be on the SLM®280 2.0 as well as associated materials, technologies and processes at its trade fair booth 01:12 in Hall MG.

With the SLM®280 2.0, the SLM® experts will be showing the complete process chain (closed loop) of additive manufacturing from data generation and selective laser melting to powder recovery and reprocessing. The SLM®280 2.0 has a construction space with a size of 280 x 280 x 365 mm³ and is one of the most powerful machines in its class with up to 2x 700 W. With their quality systems, all SLM® machines control all relevant process parameters and ensure constant quality of metal powder with their closed powder systems.

"At ELMIA 3D, we want to show under realistic conditions how additive manufacturing contributes to innovations in the manufacturing industry," Stefan Ritt explained, Vice President and Head of Global Marketing and Communications at SLM Solutions Group AG. "We have already been able to collaborate in developing innovative products with our technology and are convinced that we can also provide further stimuli in the Swedish manufacturing industry."

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SLM Solutions and Partners: Accumulated Expertise in Additive Manufacturing at the Austrian 3D Printing Forum

SLM Solutions Group AG, a leading supplier of metal-based additive manufacturing technology (often referred to as "3D printing"), is taking part as a leading partner in the Austrian 3D Printing Forum, the annual forum for additive manufacturing in Austria. The experts from Lübeck and their business partners MostTech Technology Agency and M&H CNC Technik GmbH will be represented both as exhibitors and as program planners in Vienna at the Congress Center of the Vienna Trade Fair on May 15.

The annual forum for additive manufacturing is going into its 5th round in Vienna on May 15. There is hardly any other comparable technology that shows the changes in production due to the digitalization. The Austrian 3D Printing Forum provides new insights into how the way to digital production looks and provides wide potential for use of additive manufacturing technologies with four keynote addresses and 15 oral presentations. In addition to new developments, the focus in Vienna will be on practical applications and the way to series production.

In the talks and panels discussions, strategies, concepts and solutions will be discussed dealing with additive manufacturing in industrial applications. SLM Solutions and its partners are taking part in the event as presenters and active discussion participants. Michael Hofer, MostTech, and Hans Bogenreiter, M&H CNC Technik, will present a closer look at the industrial application of additive SLM® manufacturing processes from the development phase to initial series production in their talk “Systematic processes based on industrial use cases” at 3:40 p.m. on May 15. In addition, the partners will jointly present the portfolio of SLM Solutions Group AG for additive production and many implemented applications on the basis of components. Michael Schroeder will represent SLM Solutions Group AG on that day. In addition, Wolfgang Höller, Managing Director of SLM Solutions Software GmbH, will provide deeper insights into possible software solutions, which are already able to support additive manufacturing technology from data preparation to integration of post-processes and which can further advance the path into digital production.

The research and development department of SLM Solutions collaborates closely with well-known companies, institutes and universities. Stefan Ritt, Vice President and Head of Global Marketing & Communications at SLM Solutions Group AG, sees the efforts of SLM Solutions Group AG confirmed: "We have been a pioneer and technology leader in the field of selective laser melting machines for many years and invest in the research and development of machinery, materials and process software. Together with our industry partners, we work on company-oriented applications both to optimize the machines further and to provide new materials that withstand even higher requirements. Our systems give companies the opportunity to make their production process more efficient and employ higher degrees of freedom in product development."

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SLM Solutions at the Leading Aerospace Trade Fair ILA 2018 in Berlin

SLM Solutions Group AG will once again be exhibiting at ILA in Berlin. From April 25 to 29, the specialists for 3D printing will present SLM® metal-based production technology with two machines at stand 226 in hall 2.

The ILA Berlin Air Show is the most important aerospace trade fair in continental Europe, and is one of the main presentation platforms for new innovations from all sectors of the global aerospace industry. From April 25 to 29, ILA 2018 will showcase cutting-edge aircraft and smart high-tech products and technologies, alongside a diverse program of events for industry specialists and visitors alike.

At the Berlin ExpoCenter Airport, SLM Solutions Group AG will present its SLM® additive manufacturing technology to the entire aerospace industry. With its SLM®280 2.0 and SLM®500 machines, SLM Solutions will showcase the future of metal-based additive manufacturing at stand 226 in hall 2. The machines cover the entire process chain (closed loop) of additive manufacturing, from data generation to the melting process and all the way to powder recovery and recycling. Up to four powerful 700-W lasers expose the build field via a 3D scan optic during the build process. These high-performance, high-productivity machines are perfect for the series production of complex components, and are designed for use in manufacturing environments.

SLM Solutions supports manufacturers, suppliers and MRO companies in the aerospace industry around the world, helping them to improve their production processes with SLM® additive manufacturing technology. “We have been a pioneer and technology leader in additive manufacturing for many years, and constantly invest in research and development for machines and materials. Our systems help companies make their production more efficient and give them a greater degree of freedom in product development,” explains Stefan Ritt, VP Head of Global Marketing and Communications at SLM Solutions Group AG.

In aerospace research and development, SLM Solutions cooperates closely with leading institutes and universities with the aim of responding even more precisely to the needs of the industry. The focus is on both optimizing machinery and creating new materials that meet tougher requirements, reduce energy consumption and maximize productivity. Machines with four fiber lasers, for example, can increase the build rate by up to 90% compared to twin-laser configurations.

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SLM Solutions and Swerea IVF Start New Industrial Project

SLM Solutions Group AG is creating a new industrial project together with the Swedish company Swerea IVF. Ten research institutions and companies are participating in this unique project to develop a new production line for additive manufacturing of metallic materials with a focus on selective laser melting. The partners are working along the entire value chain and also are dealing with environmental and health topics.

Swerea Group is a Swedish research group for industrial renewal and sustainable development. Swerea provides research results in the fields of materials science, manufacturing technology and product development. The Group is a key part of the Swedish innovation system and works both nationally and internationally with scientific institutions, industry and society in general. The goal of Swerea is to create competitive industry advantages as well as more innovation and profitability in a sustainable society with applied research.
SLM Solutions Group AG, a leading provider of metal-based additive manufacturing technology, and Swerea IVF, Swedish research institute for product, process and production development, have launched a new industrial project. The project is the first of its kind and brings 10 globally operating partners from different industries together. Taking into account new digital possibilities in the industry, a production line for additive manufacturing will be developed jointly to shorten the time to market of new products and further improve competitiveness in this way.

In this context, Swerea IVF is expanding its production capacity with an additional machine of the SLM Solutions Group AG, a powerful SLM®280 2.0, which has a construction space size of 280 x 280 x 365 mm³ and patented multi-beam technology with up to 2x 700 W laser performance. In addition, bi-directional powder coating contributes to shortening production time of individually manufactured metal components.

Mats Lundin, CEO of Swerea IVF, stated: “Additive manufacturing is a rapidly growing area. We are looking forward to setting up this production line together with a strong partner, SLM Solutions Group AG, and contributing to the industrialization of additive manufacturing in Sweden in this way. In addition, this will also make it possible for our partner to test and implement its thoughts and ideas together with our experts in this area.

The project participants come from different areas such as plant construction, sheet metal forming, air filtration, metal powder production, surface technology, product development and simulation as well as research institutions. The following companies are participating in developing the new production line: Curtiss-Wright Corporation, EDR&Medeso AB, Höganäs AB, University West Trollhättan, Nederman Holding AB, Quintus Technologies AB, Ringhals AB, SLM Solutions Group AG, Swerea IVF and Volvo Trucks.

Jens Oldenburg, Regional Sales Manager for Northern Europe, commented on the participation of SLM Solutions Group AG in the project: “SLM Solutions is always interested in supporting innovative projects actively in the field of additive manufacturing. We are contributing our specialist knowledge and experience in developing and implementing machines for metal-based manufacturing technology in this joint industry project. We expect that this project will provide an excellent platform to develop a production line jointly, in that basic questions will be addressed and the expertise of those involved in the project combined."

Seyed Hosseini, Group Manager for Additive Manufacturing at Swerea IVF, stated: "Bringing together such a large industrial group and creating a strong platform for the development of new and innovative solutions is absolutely unique. Thanks to this collaboration, we can work together with all our partners to take the next step in additive manufacturing. We are looking forward to long-term collaboration.”

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Additive Manufacturing in the Automotive Industry: SLM Solutions Presents Additive SLM® Technology at the 4th 3D Printing Conference in Bamberg

Decision makers from OEMs, suppliers and service providers will meet from April 11-12 2018 in Bamberg for the 4th International 3D Printing Conference – Additive Manufacturing in the Automotive Industry. SLM Solutions Group AG will participate as main sponsor and will give deep insights into the innovations and trends of additive SLM® manufacturing technology.

Entire industries are now focusing on additive technology and pushing its development. The 4th 3D Printing Conference, to be held at the Welcome Hotel Residenzschloss in Bamberg, will see experts from Audi, BMW, Daimler, Divergent Microfactories, HP, MAN, Rheinmetall, Voestalpine, SLM Solutions and many more report on the latest developments and the potential of this technology in the automotive industry.

The two-day conference includes 17 presentations, a factory tour and world cafes, along with many opportunities for delegates to discuss the changes in additive manufacturing, from rapid prototyping to series production. Participants will also be able to discuss the potential flexibility and greater efficiency for plastics and metals, as well as the challenges and opportunities that 3D printing presents. Ralf Frohwerk, Global Head of Business Development at SLM Solutions Group AG, will speak on the first day of the conference with his keynote on the innovations, trends and future of the process chain for metal 3D printing in automotive components production.

“We want to support Germany’s competitive and technological edge and are happy to sponsor this ambitious platform this year. We look forward to exciting discussions about the latest topics and trends in additive manufacturing,” explains Ralf Frohwerk. “As one of the leading providers of metal-based additive manufacturing technology, we support the exchange of knowledge and the transfer of innovations in metal-based 3D printing technology. We want to raise awareness of this technology among decision makers in industry and help them make good contacts.”

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SLM Solutions to showcase SLM®500 in Poland

High-performance machine with large build envelope: SLM Solutions Group AG will present the SLM®500 at STOM-TOOL 2018 in Kielce. Visitors to the trade fair, taking place from 10-12 April 2018, will be able to find out more about SLM® additive manufacturing technology at the stand of Polish partner Wadim Plast (stand A-22).

The STOM-TOOL trade fair will take place for the 11th time from 10-12 April 2018 in Kielce. The exhibition for metal processing and metallurgy covers everything from metal processing machinery (milling, turning, stamping, shaping, grinding, cutting, welding), surface finishing systems, tools and equipment to robots and complete production lines. Alongside manufacturers and service providers, there will be many other organizations represented at the event, including various industry associations, institutes, scientific bodies and specialist publishers. The event program includes scientific seminars focusing on topics such as 3D printing.

SLM Solutions Group AG will be exhibiting at STOM-TOOL 2018 in Kielce together with Polish partner Wadim Plast. This joint participation will center around the SLM®500 selective laser melting machine, which boasts a large build envelope of 500 x 280 x 365 mm³, patented multi-beam technology and up to four 700-W fiber lasers. This versatile machine offers high productivity and is suitable for the series production of complex components. It is designed for use in manufacturing environments. A second build cylinder makes it possible to start the next build process simultaneously, reducing downtimes and auxiliary process times and increasing machine utilization. At stand A-22 in Kielce, the specialists for 3D printing will provide information about the full range of SLM® metal-based additive manufacturing technology, as well as the potential uses for SLM® machinery in industry.

Jens Oldenburg, Regional Sales Manager Northern Europe at SLM Solutions Group AG, explains: “Every year, the event in Kielce sees a whole series of manufacturers presenting high-quality machinery and equipment. In recent years, this trade fair has become one of the most important meeting points for the industry in central and eastern Europe. We want to use this platform to raise the profile of our cutting-edge technology in this region. Our machinery helps improve the production of highly complex parts and components. When speaking with visitors, we want to inspire them to rethink their components and make these ideas reality. We look forward to some interesting discussions.”

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Additive Manufacturing from SLM Solutions at INDUSTRIE PARIS 2018: Machines, Materials and Services

The SLM Solutions Group AG, a leading provider of metal-based additive manufacturing technology, will present the current development state of metal-based SLM® manufacturing technology at INDUSTRIE PARIS 2018. The 3D-printing experts from Lübeck will be represented as an exhibitor at booth 5M146 from March 27 to 30.

INDUSTRIE PARIS is the largest international industry fair in France for any equipment that is required in the production process: tools, machines, measurement techniques, auxiliary materials and software. Visitors can look forward to a wide range of new developments. Conferences, material demonstrations and attractive supporting events will round out the program.

The selective laser melting machine SLM®280 2.0 will be at the heart of the trade fair exhibit of SLM Solutions, which handles the complete process chain (closed loop) of additive manufacturing: from data generation to the melting process and all the way to powder recovery and recycling. The SLM®280 is the ideal "all-purpose system" for both R+D divisions as well as for production processes using the SLM® process. The SLM®280 2.0 creates high-quality metal components based on 3D CAD data. Measuring 280 x 280 x 365 mm³, the machine provides one of the largest installation spaces in its class as well as patented multi-beam technology. The powerful 700 W lasers, which expose the build field during the build process via 3D scan optics, further shorten build times.

“With its current machine portfolio, SLM Solutions provides many improvements and innovations in the field of machine technology for manufacturing as well as the ability to integrate with current machinery. As a result, it opens up new possibilities for industrial use of 3D printing in production,” Stefan Ritt explained, Vice President and Head of Global Marketing and Communications at SLM Solutions Group AG.

In practical examples, visitors can experience at SLM Solutions how components made of metal powder are melted layer-by-layer into stable, geometrically complex structures in the selective laser melting process and how these techniques can be integrated into lean, competitive production processes. Experts are looking forward to having intensive discussions and exchanges with you at trade fair booth 5M146.

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SLM Solutions at MECSPE in Parma

The SLM Solutions Group AG will again be represented by its partner Overmach S.p.A. with additive SLM® technology at MECSPE this year. The machine SLM®500 will be presented at booth K19 in the exhibition hall for additive manufacturing in Pavilion Pad. 6.

MECSPE is the biggest event in Italy that focuses on innovations for the manufacturing industry. With 12 topic halls, the fair will provide visitors with a complete overview of innovative technologies, materials and machinery on March 22-24, 2018. The 17th MECSPE is being enriched with an "Additive Manufacturing” show for the first time. Professional 3D-printing technologies increase the efficiency of production and prototyping processes as well as enable increased flexibility with reduced time and costs.

At the international trade fair for special mechanics MECSPE in Parma, Italian manufacturing companies can obtain information about the efficiency of metal-based additive manufacturing technology. Together with its partner Overmach S.p.A, SLM Solutions Group AG will present additive SLM® technology at booth K19 in the hall for additive manufacturing in Pavilion Pad. 6. The experts will demonstrate the complete process chain (closed loop) of generative manufacturing from data generation and melting to powder recovery and reprocessing on the selective laser melting machine SLM®500.
The SLM®500 provides a large construction space of 500 x 280 x 365 mm³ and has patented multi-beam technology. Up to four fiber lasers with 700 W are simultaneously in use per shift in the high-performance machine. It is specifically designed for use in a production environment. The universal machine with high productivity is suitable for serial production of complex components, among other things.

SLM Solutions will support the team around Giacomo Cacciani from Parma with the Lübeck expert Kamer Geyisi, Sales Manager Italy, and Niels Bendig, Application Engineer. Together, they want to contribute to the use of additive SLM® technology to support the next generation of intelligent industrial production in Italy.

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