SLM Solutions NA Inc

48561 Alpha Dr Ste 300
Wixom,  MI  48393-3458

United States
248-243-5400
  • Booth: 5733

SLM Solutions North America | Your Metal Additive Manufacturing Equipment Partner

SLM Solutions takes a vested interest in your company’s long-term success with metal AM. As part of our commitment to partner with customers, SLM Solutions North America has an office and development lab in Metro-Detroit to foster collaboration on projects. Partnering with our colleagues in Germany, our local team of North American experts, including service, application, and systems engineers, as well as a Ph.D. metallurgist, provide full installation, maintenance, training and other learning opportunities, allowing us to harness the capabilities and exercise best practices for selective laser melting.


 Press Releases

  • The Supervisory Board of SLM Solutions Group AG has announced new appointments and nominations to its leadership ranks, while a capital injection of €13 million will continue to fund growth and development projects.

    After the announcement in late 2018 that Uwe Bögershausen would not extend his contract beyond June 2019, the Supervisory Board of SLM Solutions resolved last week on appointing a new CEO to complete its Executive Board. Meddah Hadjar will join the company effective May 1, 2019 as CEO. Meddah Hadjar brings a wealth of international experience in product management, additive manufacturing and engineering, having served in key leadership roles within the aviation, oil & gas and power & energy business units at General Electric, to which SLM Solutions has sold many of its selective laser melting systems.

    Hans-Joachim Ihde, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, believes that Meddah Hadjar’s broad international experience makes him the ideal candidate to lead SLM Solutions. “We are very happy to have signed Mr. Hadjar to bring the company back on its growth track.”

    Furthermore, three current members of the Supervisory Board have announced their retirement or stated that they will not stand for reelection in June: Peter Grosch, Lars Becker and Bernd Hackmann. Michael Mertin, Magnus René and Thomas Schweppe have been recommended to join as new Supervisory Board members. They will complement and strengthen the Supervisory Board by bringing additional experience in additive manufacturing, industrial manufacturing and capital markets to SLM Solutions. Michael Mertin was former CEO of Jenoptik, Magnus René was former CEO of ARCAM and Thomas Schweppe is Managing Director of 7Square and former Managing Director at Goldman Sachs. “We thank Peter Grosch, Lars Becker and Bernd Hackmann for their services and are encouraged by the fresh perspectives and unique experiences that the candidates Michael Mertin, Magnus René and Thomas Schweppe will bring to SLM Solutions,” Hans-Joachim Ihde stated.

    Moreover, the fresh injection of proceeds from the capital increase will bolster the company’s funding for further growth and R&D projects. Elliott, SLM’s largest shareholder, together with ENA Investment Capital, emphasized their commitment to the company and its future prospects with a total investment of approximately €13 million to allow the company to further focus on growth. Franck Tuil, senior portfolio manager at Elliott, stated, “The commitment of additional capital is based on our belief in SLM’s technological leadership in the additive manufacturing industry and its strong customer base. We look forward to continuing our collaborative relationship with the Company and are confident the newly appointed CEO and a strengthened Supervisory Board can successfully position SLM to realise its significant potential, delivering compelling value to all of SLM’s stakeholders.”

  • Metal additive manufacturing technology is accelerating industrial development in the automotive sector, as shown by the repeated success of the Bugatti sports car brand in achieving consistent function integration and significant performance optimization of components. Multiple metal 3D printed functional components from Bugatti have been previously featured in the press, and all were produced on machines developed and manufactured by SLM Solutions.

    Sparks fly during the dynamic bench testing of a Bugatti brake caliper, the volumetrically largest functional titanium component built with selective laser melting to be tested. (The video is available here: https://youtu.be/hPkY8nBWxoU)

    "Proof that additively produced metal components can cope with extreme strength, stiffness and temperature requirements at speeds of over 375 km/h with a braking force of 1.35g and brake disc temperatures up to 1,100°C", says Frank Götzke, Head of New Technologies at Bugatti. The caliper test showed that a tensile strength of 1,250 N/mm2 and a material density over 99.7% was achieved. The component was manufactured in the aerospace alloy Ti6Al4V with Fraunhofer IAPT (formerly Laser Zentrum Nord) and Bionic Production AG on an SLM®500 featuring four 400W lasers.

    Bugatti utilizes selective laser melting not only for lightweighting, but also within the functional scope of its vehicles. “We always strive for absolute perfection, stylistic as well as technical, as well as considering the perfect synergy of both elements – the tradition of Ettore Bugatti we uphold,” Götzke stated. The active spoiler bracket, manufactured on an SLM®500 with Fraunhofer IAPT (formerly Laser Zentrum Nord), represents this combination, aiding the 1,500hp vehicle to reach speeds of 400 km/h in just 32.6 seconds and bringing it back to a stop in just nine seconds. The active rear spoiler can be adjusted in height and angle, supporting the sophisticated aerodynamics required.

    Bugatti teamed with Siemens to optimize the bracket for production and reduce the number of iterations needed to optimize for weight and rigidity. Utilizing 3D printed titanium with a tensile strength of 1,250 MPa and a material density of over 99.7 percent, the spoiler bracket was reduced by 5.4kg, a weight reduction of 53%, yet increased rigidity while sacrificing no functional benefits. With fewer sparks but no less intrigue, a small bracket with integrated water cooling acts an active heat shield to boast a remarkable reduction in transferred heat. The motor bracket has been installed in all series vehicles since the delivery of the first Bugatti Chiron from the supercar manufacturer’s production facility in Molsheim, France.

    The Chiron, like its predecessor, the Veyron, has two separate water-cooling circuits to keep the component and system temperatures at an acceptable level, even under the most extreme environmental and operating conditions. The high-temperature circuit is used to cool the 1,500hp W16 engine of the supercar, while the low-temperature circuit ensures that the intake charge cooling temperature remains suitably low. A bypass flow filter of the NT circuit supplies the console while isolating the electronic components from the temperatures of the transmission oil tank. The primary task of the bracket is to engage the gears while opening and closing the two clutches of the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission while including the control unit. As a result, the temperature at the electric motor and at the control unit of the pump when driving through a demanding handling course can be lowered from 130°C to 90°C, a reduction of 40°C. The bracket, which was manufactured in the alloy AlSi10Mg on an SLM®280 Twin, was commissioned by SLM Solutions at Rolf Lenk Werkzeugbau GmbH.  

    However, the start of the cooperation between the Volkswagen subsidiary Bugatti and the SLM Solutions Group AG dates back to the design, calculation and later production of a bionically optimized front axle differential housing at the turn of the year 2014/2015. Bugatti manager Götzke recalls a meeting more or less by chance in the parking lot of the Volkswagen Tor Ost headquarters in Wolfsburg, stating that this was "... a real stroke of luck" that continues today. Ralf Frohwerk, Global Head of Business Development at SLM Solutions, the first and current Bugatti contact at SLM, emphasizes that this has indeed resulted in a very trusting cooperation from the outset. Incidentally, that front axle differential housing was manufactured by Audi AG at its company locations in Ingolstadt and Györ on SLM®280 machines, with the objective of comparing the influencing factors of varying locations in regard to component quality.

    How will the cooperation grow? Frank Götzke and Ralf Frohwerk have already given a clear answer to this question at the past Formnext in Frankfurt am Main. The SLM Solutions booth featured eight Bugatti W16 cylinder head covers to be admired as production studies, which were created in just one single construction job on an SLM®800    – with each hood measuring 285mm wide and 65mm thick while growing 735mm tall.
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