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The SLM 500 HL: SLM Solutions unveils a world first in additive manufacturing

11-29-2012 07:54 PM CET | Industry, Real Estate & Construction

Press release from: SLM Solutions GmbH

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At EuroMold this year SLM Solutions will present a new dimension, the SLM 500 HL selective laser melting machine, in Hall 11.0, booth C80. On Nov. 27. the new system will be unveiled at 11.00 h to the interested trade fair visitors. The laser beam melting system SLM 500 HL meets both the largest and most productive system for a powder-bed based laser beam melting system.

The pioneer and active technology leader in systems for additive manufacturing and rapid tooling is now taking further steps towards production technology for establishing additive manufacturing beside classical techniques. The SLM 500 HL provides a build chamber of 500 x 280 x 325 cm³ and a unique double beam technology. Each of the two fibre lasers (400 +1000W) operate on the powder bed by a 3D scanning unit. Two of these units are working at the same time what makes a total of 4 lasers in operation. Included in the SLM® 500 HL is the shell-core-imaging process with two different laser beam profiles. These profiles may be used independently, but also parallel and simultaneously in the process. This will significantly increase productivity.
This method takes into account not only 2 lasers operating simultaneously and parallel ("Dual spot scanning"), but at the same time the lasers are melting several layers of powder in one melting process with a 1000W-Laser. That is the reason why the melting process gets a 10 times higher build rate compared to former additive metal systems.
To manage the weights of higher metal volume reliable and accurate, there has been developed a new changeable build chamber, which can be disconnected to an exchangeable remove the excess powder and the component clean and safe by. At the same time there is a clearly measurable reduction of non-operating periods in comparison with previous concepts.

The transport of metal powder is done by a continuous conveying system due to the increased volumes and weights. This automates the management of powder and eliminates the manual handling of loads with bottles and containers. The time consuming manual input of filling the system no longer applies.

The system does offer the leading software in rapid prototyping, Magic AutoFab, to process CAD / STL-data files as a standard feature which is also used for slicing and support generation. In addition the software architecture includes modules for monitoring, auditing and quality assessment to exercise optimal quality control in production.

This way these options contribute to an uninterrupted and error-free basis melting process. They not only present high quality assurance requirements in medical technology, aviation and aerospace industry, but also significantly increase the level of process reliability and reproducibility.

The SLM Solutions GmbH, pioneer in the sector of Rapid Manufacturing Systems, is serving customers in the fields of Vacuum Casting, Metal Casting and Selective Laser Melting for more than 50 years. Focused industries are automotive, education, consumer electronics, aerospace and medical.
As a pioneer in this field, SLM Solutions is developing and producing specific and economical solutions for their customers. The company has long time know-how in Rapid Prototyping processes and customer areas. This knowledge was aquired under the previos company setups and names HEK GmbH, MCP HEK Tooling GmbH, MTT Technologies GmbH and finally SLM Solutions GmbH. In 2010 SLM Solutions GmbH was separated from the previous MTT Technologies Group to improve flexibility in enhancing innovative products and solutions for generative system technology as ALM and SLM. Another focus will be on sales and service network to be attended more directly.

Stefan Ritt
SLM Solutions GmbH
Roggenhorster Straße 9c
23556 Lübeck
Telefon: +49 (0)451 / 16082 –0
Telefax: +49 (0)451 / 16082 –250

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Hans Kemeny
Deutsche Marketing Consulting
Berliner Straße 2b
23611 Bad Schwartau
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Telefax: +49 (0)451 / 28 43 70

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