SLM Solutions Presents: Additive Manufacturing Technology for the Maritime Industry at SMM 2018

SLM Solutions Group AG will present metal-based additive manufacturing technology at the world’s leading trade fair for the maritime industry in Hamburg. From September 4 to 7, 2018, SLM Solutions will be showcasing additive manufacturing in hall B6, booth 224 under the motto "Maritime 3D Printing Show Area @ SMM" together with four other exhibitors.

SMM is the world’s no. 1 trade fair in the maritime sector. It provides a unique platform for those who want to interact with key players and help shape the future of the maritime industry. Current topics such as Smart Shipping and Industry 4.0 and, for the first time, a special show on 3D printing are on the agenda of the maritime world trade fair SMM from September 4 to 7, 2018.

Metal-based additive manufacturing is one of the key technologies for the production of functional prototypes, series components and components in various industries. Similar to the automotive industry or the aerospace industry, the maritime industry is now focusing on 3D printing.

SLM Solutions will present the current state of development in selective laser melting technology in Hamburg.  At booth 224 in Hall B6, the Lübeck-based company will show the entire process chain (closed loop) of generative manufacturing with the SLM®280 2.0: from data generation to the melting process and all the way to powder recovery and recycling. The SLM®280 2.0 is the ideal "all-purpose system" for both R+D areas as well as for production of highly complex components using SLM® procedures. The machine fulfills customers‘ demands for compact, quality- and cost-optimized solutions. The experts from SLM Solutions will also present consumable materials, software solutions, comprehensive services and manufactured components.

In addition to the exhibition, SLM Solutions will actively shape the conference program with a contribution on additive manufacturing. At 11 a.m. on September 4 and at 2 p.m. on September 6, visitors to the trade fair will learn how the maritime industry can benefit from automotive experience in metal-based 3D printing. Ralf Frohwerk, Global Head of Business Development at SLM Solutions Group AG, will provide an overview of metal-based additive manufacturing and the opportunities this technology offers the maritime industry. With solid experience in the automotive industry, he will focus on important aspects that are of great importance to the maritime world.

"We consider ourselves as pioneers and stimulators in the sector of manufacturing technology for many industries ranging from automotive and engineering to medical and aerospace", Mr. Frohwerk stated. "The maritime sector is also beginning to deal with this technology. SLM® technology reveals opportunities for many maritime companies, because it allows for designs of previously unimaginable complexity that cannot be achieved by conventional techniques. We are looking forward to many interesting discussions at SMM 2018!”

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Large Crowds at the „Open House“ of the SLM Solutions Group AG

"We counted approx. 2,000 visitors. The day exceeded all our expectations. We were particularly pleased about the numerous participants in the factory tours. We increased our staff several times to make sure that all visitors could participate," Daniela Wedemeyer, Commercial Director of the SLM Solutions Group AG, stated.

Due to the high demand, SLM® employees guided visitors through the new production halls every 15 minutes already starting from 11:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. They were above all amazed by SLM® technology and the numerous applications of selective laser melting in the aerospace industry, energy industry, tooling, automotive sector and in the field of medical technology. In addition to the factory tours, the attractive supporting program was one of the highlights of the event and included Human Kicker, an interactive circus and a comedy program. The information booth was also used for possible jobs at SLM Solutions, and even some applications could be submitted personally. The supporting program was rounded off by informative presentations by the Executive Committee, Business Development and the powder delegation. The focus was on the history and future developments of the company, SLM® technology and the materials that are used there.

Uwe Bögershausen, CFO of SLM Solutions, also drew a positive conclusion: "We are delighted with the strong response and the great interest in our company. It was nice to present our technology in more detail to the people of Lübeck."

SLM Solutions has been based with its predecessor companies in Lübeck since 1957. With the new building, SLM Solutions Group AG has again confirmed its commitment to Lübeck. The company invested approx. 25 million in its new headquarters. As a result, the company now has a modern site with 25,000 m² of building area on 70,000 m² of property area, which provides reserves for further growth.

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SLM Solutions Officially Opens Its New Headquarters in Lübeck

SLM Solutions Group AG celebrated the official opening of its new company headquarters in Lübeck-Genin today. Chairman of the Supervisory Board Hans-Joachim Ihde cut the ribbon for the future-oriented location in Schleswig-Holstein together with the Executive Board and Lübeck’s Mayor Jan Lindenau at the festive opening ceremony to open the site officially for further development of metal-based additive manufacturing.

The new headquarters of SLM Solutions Group AG is a modern competence center, which provides optimal general conditions for future innovations, higher production capacities and further growth.

The Minister of Economic Affairs of Schleswig-Holstein, Dr. Bernd Buchholz, opened the ceremony with his speech and was impressed: “SLM Solutions is a flagship company in Schleswig-Holstein. A rapidly growing company supported by technology promotion has been created, which still feels at home in Lübeck and consciously selected this location."

"As mayor of the city of Lübeck, I am very pleased to have a company such as SLM Solutions at the site of Genin, which is producing the future with high-tech machines as well as with honest manual labor," Jan Lindenau, Mayor of Lübeck, stated.

Two and a half years ago, SLM Solutions Group AG made the decision to build the new headquarters at a different location in Lübeck. In record time, a modern competence center was constructed on an area 70,000 m² with 10,000 m² of office space, a hall area of 15,000 m² and plenty of space for the currently more than 360 employees.

The Chairman of the Supervisory Board and founder of the company Hans-Joachim Ihde is very pleased with the success of his company: “We have achieved something very remarkable in a short time, and are shaping our future today with our employees from more than 40 countries."

The optimal infrastructure, a direct connection to the highway and, ultimately also enough space for further expansion of the fast-growing company tipped the scales in favor of the site.

With its headquarters in Lübeck-Genin, SLM Solutions is going to push ahead with the development of state-of-the art additive manufacturing machines at full speed. This is creating numerous new jobs in the process. The company has hired more than 200 new employees in recent years. IT specialists and software developers as well as mechanical engineers are particularly sought.

"In times of change in manufacturing technology, in which the competitive environment with new technologies is becoming more and more complex and the rate of innovations is increasing tremendously, offering young skilled workers an attractive employer with future viability and a modern competence center such as our new company headquarters is crucial for the future and innovation ability of our company," Uwe Bögershausen, CFO of the SLM Solutions Group AG, said.

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„Open House“ at SLM Solutions on August 25, 2018

SLM Solutions Group AG is holding an "Open House” in Estlandring 4, Lübeck-Genin, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. on August 25, 2018. Visitors will get interesting insights behind the scenes of one of the leading manufacturers of metal-based 3D printing. In addition, guests can expect a varied program for the whole family.

The approximately 360 employees of SLM Solutions only moved to the impressive new building in Lübeck-Genin in May of this year. At the "Open House", interested parties can take a guided tour behind the scenes of the manufacturer of metal-based additive manufacturing technology. From 12 noon to 4 p.m., they can learn in the production area how the machines are made for 3D printing, experience the processes in our show area live and get lots of exciting background information.

Daniela Wedemeyer, Commercial Director of SLM Solutions Group AG, is looking forward to the Open House: "We are very proud to have this opportunity to present our new company building and SLM® technology to the people of Lübeck. Everyone is welcome to celebrate, discuss and discover with us."

DJ Björn from Mateffy will provide the background music for the "Open House” with the best of pop, rock and soul. Of course, there will also be an exciting children’s program.

SLM Solutions has been based with its predecessor companies in Lübeck since 1957. With the new building, SLM Solutions Group AG has again confirmed and further consolidated its commitment to Lübeck. The company’s products are used worldwide by customers in the aviation and aerospace industry, the energy sector, health care and the automotive sector.

SLM Solutions is a world-leading provider of metal-based additive manufacturing technology. The company focuses on the development, assembly and sale of machines and integrated system solutions in the field of selective laser melting.

In selective laser melting, a thin layer of metal powder is applied to a substrate plate. Then the powder is melted by means of lasers. After that, the plate is lowered by one thickness layer, and a new layer of powder is applied. This process sequence repeats, and the geometries of the current layer merge with the previous one. When the last layer of the component has been reached, the construction job is completed.

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3D-Druck-Pionier RUHRSOURCE vergibt Unternehmensanteile an Investoren zwecks Wachstumsfinanzierung

Das Gründungs- und erste Geschäftsjahr 2017 war für die RUHRSOURCE auf ganzer Linie ein Erfolg: sowohl finanziell, strategisch als auch vom Learning der drei Gründer. Nach aktueller Planung wird bereits bei gleichbleibender Leistung in 2019 die 2.000.000,- € Umsatzmarke geknackt.

Um schneller weitere Märkte zu erschließen und Länder zu erreichen, sucht die Invest-förderfähige RUHRSOURCE GmbH nun nach einem tatkräftigen, innovativen Investor als Sparringspartner. Für eine Wachstumsfinanzierung werden Unternehmensanteile zu attraktiven Konditionen vergeben.

Die RUHRSOURCE GmbH mit Sitz in Bochum blickt bereits auf eine fast dreijährige Historie zurück. Die drei Gründer (Dominik Halm, Christopher Maiwald und E. Christian Fleischmann, geb. Urginus) schrieben es sich 2015 auf die Kappe, den 3D-Druck zu revolutionieren, indem sie ihn so einfach wie Drucken auf einem weißen Blatt Papier machen wollten. Mit Erfolg. Im Februar 2017 wurde die RUHRSOURCE GmbH, teils aus eigenen Mitteln, teils aus Fremdkapital, aber vor allem aus Software-Verkäufen gegründet und gelten seither als ernst zu nehmender Konkurrent von Autodesk sowie Materialise. O-Ton der Software-Kunden:

  • "CUR3D fängt da an, wo andere Branchenlösungen aufhören!", Winfried Tilke, XTRUDR UG
  • "In unserem Unternehmen häufen sich die Anfragen, Architekturmodelle unserer Bauvorhaben, zu drucken. Leider war die Aufbereitung bisher entweder sehr zeitintensiv oder erst gar nicht möglich bzw. unwirtschaftlich. Zudem finde ich es toll, dass ihre Software keinerlei Clouddienste in Anspruch nimmt und trotzdem eine wahnsinnige Performance bietet. […] Diese Software trifft 100% unsere Ansprüche, an Möglichkeiten der Einstellungen […]", Benjamin Kapfinger, Lindner Group KG

Zu den Aufgabenfeldern der RUHRSOURCE gehören seit jeher die Eigenentwicklung von Software zur Vereinfachung des 3D-Drucks (CUR3D – die erste echte 3D-Druckvorstufe, die konkurrenzlos alles in Sekundenschnelle und ohne Aufwand 3D-druckbar macht), aber auch Dienstleistungen im gesamten Feld der additiven Fertigung; darunter unter anderem Architektur, Medizin sowie Metallbau. Nicht nur in NRW sind die Bochumer deshalb in aller Munde. Deutschlandweit wird das junge Unternehmen als Speaker oder sogar Publikumsmagnet gebucht; immer die eigene Mission im Hinterkopf: der 3D-Druck muss einfacher und für jedermann zugänglich werden. Seit kurzem ist die RUHRSOURCE GmbH außerdem offizieller Dozent der IHK, Fachbereich "Additive Fertigung".

Durch den Vertrieb innovativer Hardware der Hersteller CraftUnique aus Ungarn und Mosaic Manufacturing aus Kanada runden sie ihr 3D-Druck-Portfolio vollkommen ab.

Interessierte Investoren und Business Angels dürfen mit den geschäftsführenden Gesellschaftern gerne direkt in Kontakt treten:

Herr Dominik Halm

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SLM Solutions Honored as One of the Most Innovative Companies in Germany

SLM Solutions Group AG has again been distinguished as one of the most innovative companies in Germany. In a study, Focus and Focus Money examined the 5,000 German companies with the highest number of employees. SLM Solutions prevailed in the surface and material processing category.

Focus and Focus Money distinguished SLM Solutions Group AG ("SLM Solutions") as "Germany’s most innovative company" in the category of surface and material processing. Uwe Bögershausen, spokesperson of the Executive Board of SLM Solutions, noted with pleasure: "The award from Focus and Focus Money impressively confirms the beneficial use of our technology in many industries. We are pleased about the award "Innovation Prize 2018", especially since it is already the second award as an innovative company in Germany within a very short time. The awards confirm us in our technological concept: highly productive machines for serial production of functional parts of the highest quality. As a technology leader in the field of additive manufacturing technology, we have no intention of resting on our laurels, but are developing machine concepts of tomorrow already today.”

The study "Germany’s Most Innovative Companies" was carried out by the public relations agency Faktenkontor with scholarly support from the International School of Management (ISM) for the order of Focus Money and Deutschland Test.

Social media contributions about the 5,000 companies in Germany with the highest number of employees were evaluated in the context of the study during the period April 2017 to March 2018. Posts were examined in five subject areas: innovation, investment, research & development, new products and technology.

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Digitalization in Manufacturing: High Performance 3D Printed Tools and Spare Parts

The global smart manufacturing market size was valued at USD 172,34 billion in 2016 and is expected to witness significant growth over the forecast period of 2018-2025*. With the advent of new advanced technologies, it is believed that we are on the verge of an industrial era, which can fundamentally change the global manufacturing industry. For instance, the digital representation of 3D printing technologies within a digitalized manufacturing landscape could profoundly make manufacturing work more efficiently. The management of data from the conceptual stage of product development to the end-of-life stage of the product can entirely be networked within a digital framework. Thus allowing for a huge reduction of our global manufacturing carbon footprint as well as savings in time, on materials and on the cost of ownership in manufacturing. Industry 4.0, the era alluded above, brings with it a digital transformation culture of which 3D Printing occupies a core position.

High Performance 3D Printed Tools and Spare Parts

About 63,000 units of 3D printers for industrial/commercial applications have so far been installed worldwide by 2016** whilst the Material Extrusion (ME) 3D Printing technology continues to be the most commonly used Additive Manufacturing (AM) tool with about 35% share of the technologies segment***. The introduction of high performance polymers and the application potential of the ME 3D printing method in healthcare are the key growth drivers of this technology.

Already up to 90% cost savings and improved production processing is possible by the implementation of high performance polymers in AM for routine based operations in the production of Jigs, fixtures and spare parts. Jigs and fixtures are indispensable tools in production and manufacturing procedures with their immediate availability capable of reducing production time and shortening delivery schedules.

The ability to rapidly manufacture jigs, fixtures and spares parts using 3D printing technologies leads to reduction of manufacturing downtime due to faster maintenance and repair operations; a key resultant of this being an increase in overall productivity.

In order to assure the quality of 3D printed tools and satisfy part requirements, a variety of high performance polymers, which exhibit excellent mechanical, thermal and chemical properties, can be used.  Additionally the use of composite materials such as carbon fiber-reinforced PEEK provide an attractive potential for industrial spare parts or tools due to its high rigidity, corrosion resistance and heat resistance.

The Apium P220 Series 3D printers provide a digital identity, which makes it possible for manufacturers to insert this machine in their manufacturing network so as to meet time critical requirements such as tooling, fixture production and replacement of broken parts. Apium P220 Series machines have an open system for materials and it is driven by an intuitive software thus facilitating non-repetitive pathways during machine operation. Our experts can help you start your digital transformation with the Apium P220 Series 3D printers as a first step.

* https://www.grandviewresearch.com/industry-analysis/smart-manufacturing-market

** https://www.smitherspira.com/resources/2017/july/3d-printing-reaching-the-mainstream

*** https://gminsights.wordpress.com/tag/healthcare-3d-printing-market-pdf/

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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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