Additive Manufacturing enhances aviation and energy solutions at Chromalloy
SLM Solutions and Chromalloy proudly announce their collaboration to accelerate additive manufacturing production in the aviation and energy industries. Chromalloy, the global aviation and energy technology company, has chosen SLM Solutions as its metal additive manufacturing partner and has acquired its first SLM machine, the powerful SLM280. With previous experience in metal-based additive manufacturing, Chromalloy will now utilize SLM Solutions' reliable and open-architecture technology to develop high-quality metal parts, focusing on its proprietary LifeX products and services that lower the cost and duration of engine overhauls while maintaining the high safety and quality standards demanded by customers and the industry.
Chromalloy provides the aviation and energy industries with a broad range of aftermarket solutions and ranks as the leading independent supplier of proprietary parts and advanced components for jet engines and gas turbines. The combination of Chromalloy's expertise and SLM Solutions' cutting-edge technology promises to set a benchmark and continue pushing the boundaries of technology in the additive manufacturing industry. John Green, CTO of Chromalloy, explains: “We are looking forward to positively impacting our product development time with SLM’s proven uptime and dedicated service group. We’re relying on the high availability to allow us to focus on our proprietary LifeX products and services that lower the cost and duration of an engine overhaul while maintaining the high safety and quality standards our customers and the industry demand.”
Jim Whitton, Director, Technology Strategy at Chromalloy, adds: “We’re excited to kick off the next chapter in Chromalloy’s additive applications with SLM Solutions, backed by their industrial machine design and the innovative goals of their customers in mind.”
Robust technology and open architecture
The secret to SLM Solutions' success is the robust technology and equipment and the open architecture strategy of the machines, which is unique to the industry. Rich Cline, Regional Sales Manager, Southern US of SLM Solutions, explains: “For us, the customer always comes first. This means that our industry-leading solutions are completely adaptable if desired. It puts the user in control to maximize the value of their SLM machine to develop, enhance, and ultimately produce their metal AM applications as they wish. Our technology allows our customers to create competitive advantages and even develop IP around their own materials, applications, or process parameters.”. He further explains: “Chromalloy's decision to move to an SLM machine speaks to SLM Solutions' success and underscores its technological leadership. Together we will accelerate the use of metal-based additive manufacturing.”
Fabrizio Ragusa, Global Business Development Director Energy of SLM Solutions, adds: “That additive manufacturing is being used for turbine applications is the reality. Many critical components are built with LPBF and operate in very challenging conditions. We are proud to collaborate with Chromalloy, a leading expert of engines in power generation, O&G, and aviation sectors. Together, we can set a benchmark and continue to push the boundaries of technology.”