SLM Solutions at Experience Additive Manufacturing (EAM)

The trade fair Experience Additive Manufacturing (EAM), designed for beginners and users of additive manufacturing, will take place on the Augsburg trade fair grounds from September 25 to 27. SLM Solutions Group AG is going to present its complete portfolio of machines, materials and innovative technologies at booth D402 in Hall 1 as one of the leading suppliers of metal-based additive manufacturing technology. 

Making additive manufacturing a central topic of the future in the field of Industry 4.0 is the focus of EAM. Above all, newcomers will be provided an overview of the rapidly growing market for additive manufacturing in the aerospace, mobility and automotive, tool, machine and mold making as well as medical technology sectors at the trade fair.

SLM Solutions will be present with a booth at EAM, which is celebrating its premiere at the Augsburg trade fair, and provide all those interested with exclusive insights into the SLM® technology.

There will also be in-depth insights into additive manufacturing and possible applications during the interactive lecture format "AM Table Talks". In addition, [email=michael.schroeder@slm-solutions.com?subject=Appointment%20-%20Experience%20Additive%20Manufacturing,%20Augsburg,%20September%2025-27,%202018]Michael Schroeder[/email], Regional Sales Manager at SLM Solutions, will give a talk on the subject "Construction of implants with high build-up rate and accuracy with selective laser melting” from 2:00 to 2:15 in the afternoon on September 25 and discuss the industrial applications of additive manufacturing in the field of medical technology. 

The experience character of the fair will also be made clear by the planned Industry Shuttle. Visitors will have the exclusive opportunity to take a look behind the scenes of SLM Solutions’ partner Hirschvogel Tech Solutions. The special show "AM Value Chain” is also recommended, in which the complete value chain of additive manufacturing will be shown: from pre-process to in-process and all the way to post-process.

Axel Schulz, Chief Sales Officer of SLM Solutions Group AG, will also emphasize how important a good start in additive manufacturing is: "Comprehensive and individual care of our customers is very important for us. With our industry experience and our technology know-how, we are the ideal partner for entry into additive manufacturing. SLM Solutions has not only been selling high-quality machines for a long time, but also provides support as a partner along the entire process chain. We are looking forward to many interesting discussions at EAM in Augsburg!”

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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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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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Aero’Nov Connection 2018: SLM Solutions Is Presenting SLM® Additive Manufacturing Technology at the International Aerospace Exhibition and Conferences

SLM Solutions Group AG, a leading provider of metal-based additive manufacturing technology, is participating in the two-day Aero’Nov 2018 Connection in Marseille on June 27 and 28. At the trade fair for the aerospace industry, SLM Solutions will exhibit machines, processes, materials, and services of metal-based additive manufacturing.

Aero’Nov Connection is the most important aerospace event in the PACA region (Provence-Alpes-Côte d ‚Azur). The Exhibition and Conferences aim to bring technology providers and suppliers of the aerospace industry together to promote the transfer of technical processes and collaboration between technology and business.

SLM Solutions is going to present additive SLM® manufacturing technology in Southern France. The process provides almost unlimited design freedom, which makes it possible to produce jet engines that have cleaner burning, improved durability and higher efficiency. Another advantage of this technology is the ability to integrate multiple components in one component, as a result of which joining processes can be avoided. Selective laser melting technology gives companies the opportunity to make their production process more efficient and employ higher degrees of freedom in product development.

The objective of participation is to promote and further develop business and technological partnerships. SLM Solutions collaborates closely in research and development with well-known companies, institutes and universities. Stefan Ritt, VP and Head of Global Marketing & Communications at SLM Solutions Group AG, sees the efforts of SLM Solutions confirmed: "We have been a pioneer and technology leader in the field of laser melting machines for many years and invest in the research and development of machinery and materials. Together with our manufacturers and other component suppliers, we want to optimize the machines further as well as to provide new materials that withstand even higher requirements. Marseille is an ideal meeting place for this.”

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Annual General Meeting at SLM Solutions: On Course with Stable Development

The SLM Solutions Group AG ("Company"), a leading supplier of metal-based additive manufacturing technology (often referred to as "3D printing"), is holding its fourth annual general meeting in the media docks in Lübeck on June 22, 2018.

At the fourth annual general meeting on June 22, the Executive Board of the company will explain the results of fiscal year 2017 to the shareholders as well as provide a strategic outlook into the future.

The company’s incoming orders could be increased by 85.4% in the fiscal year 2017 compared to the previous year in the number of machines. In 2017, a total of 241 machines were ordered from SLM Solutions. This corresponds to a value of approx. 170 million euros and an increase in value by more than 111% compared to the fiscal year 2016. Dr. Axel Schulz, Chief Sales Officer, is very pleased: “In particular, the general contracts concluded for the long term give us planning security for the coming years. We will continue our course and conclude additional long-term general contracts thanks to close collaboration with customers.” The long-term strategic decision was taken in 2016 to expand production capacity in Germany for the necessary expansion of production. Construction of the new headquarters in Lübeck-Genin was started at the end of 2016, and the move into the building took place at the beginning of May 2018. Hans-Joachim Ihde, Chairperson of the Supervisory Board and major shareholder of SLM Solutions Group AG, explained: “We are a Lübeck-based company and proud of our roots in this region. We would like to express our thanks both to the city of Lübeck and the state of Schleswig-Holstein for their support in connection with the construction of our new headquarters in Lübeck.”

In October 2017, the company successfully placed a convertible loan amounting to 58.5 million in the capital market, taking advantage of an empowerment of the general meeting of April 17, 2014. The acquired funds are being invested in further growth of the company. “We are well positioned for future market development,” Uwe Bögershausen stated, Chief Financial Officer and spokesperson of the Executive Board of SLM Solutions Group AG. "At the same time, as a young company with strong growth, we want to have the necessary flexibility to respond to opportunities in the capital market in the future too and have therefore asked the shareholders to approve the issuing of new authorized capital, among other things, along with the invitation to the annual general meeting.”

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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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