SLM Solutions 3D-prints metal parts with a size of up to 3.0 x 1.2 x 1.2 m
SLM Solutions is going beyond extremes of manufacturing: the company introduced a breakthrough machine concept that allows the 3D-printing of high-quality metal parts up to a size of 3.0 x 1.2 x 1.2 m (LxWxH).
SLM, the manufacturer of metal-based additive manufacturing solutions proudly announces its next trailblazing and record-breaking solution, which changes the scale of what can be manufactured for ever. The breakthrough solution will shake up the industry by enabling the production of high-quality metal parts up to a size of 3.0 x 1.2 x 1.2 m (LxWxH). The large part machine concept contains a core unit and a build envelope flexible in size that allows the manufacture of components in individual dimensions. Coupled with the advantages of SLM technology, the game-changer offers its users the possibility of a perfectly tailored production with individual requirements – without the familiar limits.
Build rate of up to 330 cm³/h
Additive Manufacturing reaches its limits when it comes to the size of the build chamber. Large parts often cannot be built because they exceed the installation space available on the market. The flexible system solves this problem and will be an insane boost for the entire additive manufacturing industry. For example, it allows the production of cylindrical parts with a diameter of 1.8 meters and a height of 1.6 meters or alternatively long parts with a dimension of up to 3.0 x 1.2 x 1.2 m. It thereby enables a build rate of up to 330 cm³/h.
Sam O’Leary, CEO of SLM Solutions explains: “This is yet another piece of game changing technology that opens up new possibilities to transition applications AM, by removing previously accepted geometrical restrictions. Every price of technology we develop is testament to our incredible team of relentless innovators, who solve our customers' manufacturing challenges and change the future of manufacturing forever.”
The new solution allows to produce large metal parts to be manufactured additively which has been impossible before. At the same time, it offers the full advantages of SLM technology as all other SLM machines, such as freedom of design or reducing multiple parts into one. “It is not only a simple addition to SLM Solutions machine portfolio. It is a real revolution of manufacturing. We can’t wait to show the giant and massive metal parts. It's almost unbelievable, but convince yourself,” comments Sam O’Leary.