AZoM met with SLM Solutions at TCT Trade Show 2018 at Birmingham NEC. This article is an introduction to SLM Solutions and the products they produce.
Please tell us a bit about your company.
Headquartered in Germany with global representation, the SLM Solutions Group AG is a holistic solutions provider with decades of market experience that focuses on the development, assembly and distribution of machines and integrated system solutions. SLM® technology offers a variety of possibilities with metal additive manufacturing of parts, such as new freedom of design and geometry, light-weight construction by reducing weight, achieving speed advantages in the development process and the production of internally undercut or customized parts in small quantities.
Was there a particular product or service that you were showcasing at the show?
SLM Solutions presented the complete portfolio of metal-based additive manufacturing technology – machinery, materials and services including the powerful SLM®280 2.0. The open system provides a range of ways to optimize production processes in line with the respective requirements and develop materials with individually set process parameters. Based on CAD data, metallic components for series production and one-off production can be produced with individual parameters.
What application areas do your product areas have?
SLM® systems are used worldwide by customers in a wide range of industries, including aerospace, automotive, tooling, energy, healthcare and research.
What makes your products unique?
One of the most important current trends in 3D printing is the advancement of functional parts into series production, which is aided by consistently improved machines with increased robustness and stability. SLM Solutions Group AG is a leading supplier of metal-based additive manufacturing technology that helps customers to benefit from all the advantages of metal additive manufacturing by partnering with them at every step to ensure their success with selective laser melting.
What did you hope to get out of TCT?
SLM Solutions is a pioneer and technology leader in the field of metal-based additive manufacturing for many years and invests 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 develop new materials and systems that withstand even higher requirements. Birmingham was an ideal meeting place for this exchange and the regular meeting with our customers and prospect.