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 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: Move to Our New Headquarters and Further Growth

SLM Solutions Group AG has invested approx. 25 million euros in its new headquarters. As a result, the company now has a more modern site with 25,000 m² on 70,000 m² of property area, which provides reserves for further growth. The move from the Roggenhorst industrial park to the new location in Estlandring is taking place at the beginning of May.

Only two and a half years have passed since the beginning of the planning at the end of 2015 until moving into the new company headquarters. On the new premises, there is property area of 70,000 m² with hall area of 15,000 m² and administrative area of 10,000 m². The general contractor Goldbeck completed the project within the planned time and budget. SLM Solutions Group AG has invested approx. 21 million euros in the building and about four million in the building site.

The move is taking place at the beginning of May. The companies Hertling and Peter Polinski are handling the moving work within only seven days in day and night shifts. A vehicle fleet of 58 semitrailers, 32 heavy cargo box trucks, 27 small trucks and four hazardous goods vehicles are moving the areas of production, logistics and development to the new location.

The 340 employees will find generous space conditions in Estlandring 4. “The new location has very good traffic connections,” Daniela Wedemeyer explained, Commercial Director of SLM Solutions Group AG. “We have created contemporary and modern workstations for our employees. In addition, there is ample space for further expansion for the continually growing company.”

With the new building, SLM Solutions has created a modern and sustainable working environment for its employees, from which customers will benefit.

The company has been based with its predecessor companies in Lübeck since 1957. With the construction of the new company building, SLM Solutions Group AG has again confirmed and further consolidated its commitment to Lübeck.

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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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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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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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