SLM Solutions NA Inc

48561 Alpha Drive
Suite 300
Wixom,  MI  48393

United States
248-243-5400
https://slm-solutions.us
  • Booth: 1003

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

  • Orbex has introduced the world’s largest metal rocket engine 3D printed in a single piece on the SLM®800. Founded in 2015, the UK-based spaceflight company develops small satellite launch vehicles and introduced Prime, their revolutionary and environmentally-friendly rocket at the grand opening of their new headquarters in Forres, Scotland. The novel Orbex launcher not only uses 100% renewable fuel to cut carbon emissions by 90% and a novel zero-shock staging and payload separation resulting in zero orbital debris, but was also design-optimized for selective laser melting, helping to create a structure 30% lighter and 20% more efficient than any other launch vehicle in its category.

    Orbex has received £30 million ($40 million) in public and private funding from sources including the U.K. Space Agency and venture capital firms Sunstone Technology Ventures and the High-Tech Gründerfonds and has been able to attract top development talent with experience from leading space organizations including NASA, ESA and Ariane. Orbex aerospace engineers partnered closely with the applications engineering team at SLM Solutions headquarters in Lübeck, Germany to ensure success transferring the design into selective laser melting production – a feat that required the partnership of the equipment provider due to the complexity and size of the component.

    Lukas Pankiewicz, Applications Specialist, headed the consulting team inside SLM Solutions to develop a unique set of parameters optimized for this particular geometry. Working closely with the design team at Orbex, Pankiewicz consulted on the various design features and orientation options, while ensuring the part built successfully with the required material properties and dimensional accuracy.  “Our aim during the process was to fulfill the quality expectations of the Orbex team, keep the functionality of the part and make it suitable for additive manufacturing. Every single support structure used in data preparation has been customized to obtain the best quality in every section of the engine, taking post-processing into consideration as well.”

    The SLM®800 large-format metal additive manufacturing system features a 260x500mm powder bed that can build parts 800mm tall, allowing the Prime engine to be built in a special nickel alloy in a single piece. The SLM®HUB unpacking system for the SLM®800 integrates contactless powder handling and automated build chamber conveyors to transfer the finished part to an unpacking station designed to remove powder through vibration and rotation. Pankiewicz ensured a powder removal strategy was incorporated into the build with purpose driven delivery channels to be certain as much powder was removed from the build as possible while reducing material loss. After production, reference samples built together with the engine were analyzed in the SLM Solutions’ metallography lab, where porosity level and distribution were proven to meet the quality acceptance criteria. The rapid iteration times inherent to the SLM process allowed Orbex to realize both time and cost reductions – saving 90% in turnaround time and over 50% in costs compared to traditional CNC machining production.

    “This has always been what SLM Solutions is about,” said Dr. Axel Schulz, Chief Sales Officer of SLM Solutions. “Members of our team helped invent the selective laser melting technology! We’ve always

    wanted that technology to succeed – which isn’t just about selling SLM machines but creating that paradigm shift for the customer to be successful with their process. SLM Solutions consulted Orbex on how to make the technology best work for them and transferred that knowledge to ensure their successful implementation as they ramp up to production.”

    Jonas Bjarnoe, Chief Technology Officer of Orbex, stated: “The SLM Solutions team showed true dedication and in-depth knowledge of our work. I'm looking forward to continuing this collaboration in 2019 and onwards. Orbex and SLM Solutions have solved some important puzzle pieces which will change the space business.” Pankiewicz concluded, “I think it is a dream of every engineer to build a rocket and I feel honored to be a part this project with SLM Solutions and Orbex.”

    About SLM Solutions

    SLM Solutions’ robust metal additive manufacturing systems optimize fast, reliable and cost-efficient part production. With multi-laser options, bi-directional recoating and closed-loop powder handling, Selective Laser Melting® machines achieve best-in-class safety and increased build speeds for complex, completely dense metal parts. SLM Solutions takes a vested interest in long-term success by working with customers at each stage of the process, providing support and knowledge-sharing to elevate use of the technology and maximize their return on investment. A publicly traded company, SLM Solutions Group AG is headquartered in Germany with offices in France, Italy, Russia, India, China, Singapore and the United States.

    About Orbex

    Orbex is a UK-based spaceflight company, with subsidiaries and production facilities in Denmark and Germany. The company is constructing a completely re-thought and re-designed orbital launch vehicle, called Prime, to deliver small satellites into Earth’s orbit. Prime launchers are up to 30% lighter and 20% more efficient than any other vehicle in the small launcher category, packing more power per cubic litre than many heavy launchers.  Orbex staff members have professional backgrounds with NASA, ESA and several other commercial spaceflight organisations. The company is funded by two of Europe's largest venture capital funds, Sunstone Technology Ventures and the High-Tech Gründerfonds, as well as strategic investor Elecnor Deimos Space, the UK Space Agency (UKSA), the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Commission Horizon 2020 programme.
  • 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.”

  • In January 2018 eleven companies started two seamlessly aligned Joint Innovation Projects (JIPs). The objective of the group, which has grown to 16 partners, is to collaborate in the development of a guideline and accompanying economic model for the additive manufacturing of qualified, functional metal (spare) parts for the Oil, Gas and Maritime industries.

    The participating companies: Equinor, BP, Total, Kongsberg, OCAS, Ivaldi Group, TechnipFMC, Siemens, Voestalpine, Vallourec, Aidro, SLM Solutions, Additive Industries, Quintus, HIPtec and the Advanced Forming Research Centre of the University of Strathclyde are working on two coherent and seamlessly aligned programs:

    • A guideline towards certified parts, managed by DNV-GL
    • A toolbox for selection, supply chain set-up and economic viability, managed by Berenschot

    The aligned set-up of the two programs secures maximum cross fertilization. SLM Solutions supports the projects by providing its technical expertise in additive manufacturing, specifically the successful implementation of Selective Laser Melting technology. Representing SLM Solutions in the JIP, Giulio Canegallo, Director of Business Development Energy, said “Our aim is to make the SLM® technology better known in the industry and to increase its application through uniform standards."

    The practical guideline is to be made available by June 2019. It will provide a framework to ensure that metal parts produced via Selective Laser Melting Technology and Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing are according to Oil, Gas and Maritime industry specifications. This means that parts meet stated quality and are manufactured in a safe and repeatable manner.

    Up to five pilot parts will be produced for the project to ensure all necessary steps for repeatable, quality production. One example of these parts is a pump impeller that SLM Solutions manufactures for Equinor on the SLM®280 Selective Laser Melting Machine. The partners will do a final test of the applicability of this guideline during the production of these pilot parts, focusing on the practical use of the guideline in production and quality of the parts achieved. The learnings from these case studies will be implemented in the final version of the guideline.

    Also, to be released in June 2019, a comprehensive and fully functional business tool that will help determine the bottom-line impact of 3D printing spare parts compared to traditional manufacturing methods. This model will be tested during the Q2 part production process. In conjunction with this ROI-model a database of parts will be compiled to showcase the applicability of AM for spare parts in Oil, Gas and Maritime applications.


 Products

  • SLM®280 Production Series
    The SLM®280 production series is the third-generation metal 3D printing machine from SLM Solutions. This metal additive manufacturing machine features a robust design with closed-loop powder handling to support high performance serial production....

  • The SLM®280 production series is the third-generation selective laser melting machine from SLM®. focuses on increased robustness and consistent performance available in several configurations: single (1x 400W or 1x 700W), dual (1x 700W and 1x 1000W) or twin (2x 400W or 2x 700W) optics. Achieve greater component quality for complex, delicate, yet fast part builds.

    Full contactless powder handling is available with the PSV sieve to  automatically transport powder between the sieve and the SLM® machine via vacuum technology. A 90-liter tank sufficient for any production process eliminates the need to fill powder via individual powder bottles. An integrated ultrasonic sieve processes powder just before feeding it to the machine, ensuring no oversized particles or foreign objects find their way into the SLM® process. 

  • Additive.Designer
    Additive.Designer® is a diverse and scalable software solution for easy data preparation of complex components in additive production....

  • A novel pre-processing tool in the Additive.Intelligence software package, Additive.Designer® combines all features necessary to generate 3D printed parts while being fully adaptable to the customer’s needs. The range of features starts with the native CAD-file import and ends by defining the necessary milling strategies to automatically post-process the AM part on a milling machine. The software imports all native CAD formats, eliminating the need for STL files, reduces the need of supports with an optimized exposure strategy, guides users to the best plate positioning with component orientation processing and offers a preliminary calculation of the build costs based on the machine and build set-up. The goal of the software is to lower the learning curve of additive manufacturing by reducing the software skills necessary to be successful while optimizing builds with less supports and workflows based on specific part preparation.

    Additive.Designer® Benefits:

    • Intuitive Interface for Easy and Fast Operation
      • Fast build job preparation owing to the managed workflow
      • Implemented tools (heat maps, etc.)
      • Smart application (automation, black box, etc.)
    • Savings through an Understanding of the Technology
      • Cost savings through specially-developed support geometries with lower material expenditures
      • Time savings during the printing through optimized support strategies
    • Control of Data Preparation
      • The cost estimator provides a validated overview of the costs and construction timeframe for the build job
      • Preview of the created laser coatings and laser paths possible
    • Modular Design Enables Flexible Adaptations
      • No “monolithic” software architecture
      • Individual adaption for each existing process chain possible
      • Integration into existing software solutions possible
    • Traceability
      • User administration configurable via web browser
      • Restrictions and functions for user individually-configurable
      • All work steps are recorded and traceable
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