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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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 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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3rd International Conference on 3D Printing in Medicine: SLM Solutions to Present SLM® Additive Technology

Medical professionals, material scientists and engineers will present the latest research findings in 3D printing for medical applications at the start of May in Mainz. SLM Solutions Group AG, a leading provider of metal-based additive manufacturing technology, will present SLM® production technology for human medical applications.

Following on from the success of the last two years, the International Conference on 3D Printing in Medicine in Mainz has become a globally recognized event for medical 3D printing. The third event will take place from May 4-5 at the Electoral Palace in Mainz. The event will see renowned international medical specialists, material scientists and engineers meet to present the latest developments and possibilities of 3D printing in medicine.

Philip Oris, Director Business Development Medical & Dental, will represent SLM Solutions at the conference, and will showcase the benefits of SLM® manufacturing technology using current medical components. Oris will focus on the integration of porous structures in surgical implants, which ensure better osseointegration and lower stress shielding. SLM® technology also allows the construction of complex geometries, leading to greater productivity and significant cost benefits.

“Manufacturers of medical devices are increasingly using high-performance SLM® machines to produce medical and dental components,” explains Philip Oris. “This includes the production of functional prototypes, the series production of surgical implants, and customized mass production, i.e. the large-scale manufacture of patient-specific implants and prosthetic parts.”

A range of clinical applications and new developments from this innovative and dynamic field of research will be presented at the 3D printing conference in Mainz. These include mouth and jaw surgery, vascular surgery, trauma surgery, orthopedics and neurosurgery. In addition, delegates will have the opportunity to discuss various topics in material science and engineering.

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SLM Solutions and Identify3D Collaborate to Deliver End to End Secure Digital Manufacturing

SLM Solutions Group AG, a leading supplier of metal-based additive manufacturing technology announced its collaboration with Identify3D, a software provider for digital manufacturing security, quality and traceability.

Identify3D will provide a solution for data protection coupled with contractual and manufacturing licensing from design to production on SLM® laser melting machines. By securing all digital data in the engineering phase, the technology enables SLM Solutions to secure digital IP, enforce production rules and provide traceability in the digital supply chain at the industry’s highest standard.

“We are very happy about our collaboration with SLM Solutions as the technological leader in metal-based additive manufacturing and the delivery of this proof of concept is a key step to enable decentralized manufacturing, one of the key element of Industry 4.0,” says Stephan Thomas, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Identify3D.

This collaboration will enable industries to accelerate their adoption of Additive Manufacturing to deliver much needed solutions to disrupt existing supply chains of the aerospace, transportation, tooling, energy and healthcare industries.

Henner Schöneborn, member of the Management Board of SLM Solutions Group AG: “We are really looking forward to develop a long term collaboration with Identify3D since they can bring a key technology necessary to spread the benefits of our Industry 4.0 initiatives and solutions. With the solutions of Identify3D we can offer our customers a secure way to manufacture from digital design according to very specific manufacturing requirements at machine level. This is much needed to accelerate the adoption of Additive Manufacturing for serial production of end parts.”

Through its integration of Identify3D EnforceTM with SLM’s MCS machine control software, the Proof of Concept ensures secure parts delivery to SLM®125, SLM®280, SLM®500, and SLM®800 additive machines with control over quantities to be produced, over a defined period of time with selected parameters.

The solution will be presented at both Hannover Messe in Germany and Rapid in the US in April 2018.

Identify3D and SLM Solutions are currently in advanced talks regarding a further integration of Identify3D-Solutions into the product portfolio of SLM Solutions

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