- Making the Case for Implementing a Metal Additive Manufacturing Strategy
- 7 Questions Every Manufacturing Professional Must Ask Before Buying a Metal 3D Printing System
- Preparing Your Facility for Metal Additive Manufacturing
- The Effect of Additive Manufacturing on the Bottom Line
- Vortic Watches Revive American Watch Manufacturing with Metal 3D Printed Cases
- Titanium Facial Implant Custom Printed with SLM Technology
- Large Titanium Spacecraft Valve Body Printed in Single Process
- Conformal Cooling Channels for Tooling Insert Reduces Cycle Times
- Tire Mold Segments for Fast, Accurate Production
- Hydraulic Valve Block for High-Performance
- Forge-SLM Hybrid Adds Complex Structures
Incorporating Metal Additive Manufacturing into a Machine Shop
The real-world story of how a 73 year-old machine shop successfully incorporated metal additive manufacturing into their business model. With several years of hands-on experience, Imperial Machine & Tool Co. discusses some of the toughest lessons they’ve learned and how metal AM has positively affected their business
METAL 3D PRINTING IN THE AEROSPACE INDUSTRY: DESIGN FREEDOM, LIGHTWEIGHTING AND SUPPLY CHAIN DISRUPTION
Metal additive manufacturing offers significant advantages to the aerospace sector, such as light-weighting through organic, optimized designs, even with higher load components. High temperature and lightweight materials further reduce structural weight and lead to reduced fuel consumption and higher performance. Brackets, valves, thrusters and fuel injectors in a variety of materials are all components that are 3D printed today and major players in the sector are accelerating the transition from prototyping to large-scale production as they accept the technology for use in-house. In this presentation we cover the advantages of the selective laser melting process and how companies can use it to reduce manufacturing times, optimize components and gain a competitive advantage.
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The applications training typically includes the following topics. Prior to the training date, participants will have the opportunity to request specific items to be included in their session. The final agenda will accommodate at least one day of customizable training to address specific needs of the group.
- Machine operation recap
- Magics recap
- SLM Build Processor
- Adjusting parameters and experimental design
- Design rules and support generation
- MCS operation
- Maintenance and calibration
Not available to make it to our offices? We also offer E-learning options for basic machine training. Follow the electronic module and complete the quiz at the end of each section to earn your training certificate. Contact us today for information about licenses and pricing.
What density can be achieved?
Components built with selective laser melting are similar to cast parts in terms of density and strength right off the machine. Parameters play a crucial role, however roughly 99.5% dense parts, prior to post-processing. After heat treatments, components surpass metal injection molded parts in terms of porosity.
What post-processing is necessary?
Many components produced with selective laser melting are heat treated to stabilize the microstructure and HIPing is common to heal any internal porosity.
Support structures serve to anchor and stabilize the parts on the substrate plate along with allowing heat dissipation during the SLM process. This material, the same metal as the build, can require extensive post-processing to remove, however optimized designs and reduce the need for supports.
How do I prepare my facility for metal additive manufacturing?
Lab facilities must be set up to create a favorable and safe environment to process metal powders. Read more in our white paper on preparing your facility for success with metal additive manufacturing.
What support does SLM Solutions provide?
As a full metal additive manufacturing partner, our relationship doesn’t end once the SLM system is installed. Our North American team includes a full applications department, metallurgist, systems engineer and regional service technicians. We pride ourselves in helping customers develop their AM process to best fit their production needs and facility. We also offer advanced training and a monthly User’s Group for customers to hone their metal AM skills.
How much do Selective Laser Melting systems cost?
Each Selective Laser Melting System offers multiple options that can be added to the basic configuration. Contact us today to discuss the right system configuration and options to meet your needs.
Our Comprehensive Benefits Package Includes:
- Competitive Compensation
- Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance
- Short Term Disability Insurance
- 401K with Company Match
No relocation assistance is available.
SLM Solutions NA, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.