Medical device manufacturers are increasingly adopting Selective Laser Melting technology for the production of a wide range of medical and dental parts. Additive manufacturing is being implemented in both the production of functional prototypes and serial production of surgical implants, instruments and equipment components, as well as mass customization, i.e. the production of patient-specific implants and prostheses on a large scale.
The benefits of Selective Laser Melting as a state-of-the-art production technique include the ability to build complex geometries, productivity and cost advantages, and the integration of functional aspects such as porous structures integrated into a surgical implant for enhanced osseointegration and reduced stress shielding.
When it comes to productivity, SLM Solutions offers best-in-class systems. The flagship mid-size SLM 280 2.0 Selective Laser Melting system can be equipped with a twin laser configuration (2x 400W or 2x 700W) and features a bi-directional power recoater for increased build rates. The unique gas flow system ensures consistent builds while minimizing variation in part density and mechanical properties. The SLM 280 features large 280 x 280 mm build envelope. The patented technology in the laser overlap area ensures that up to two lasers can work simultaneously on one component, thereby drastically reducing construction time for large parts.
The compact SLM 125 is equipped with a single 400W laser, a bi-directional recoater and a class-leading 125 x 125 mm build envelope, achieving best-in-class build rates. Our standard SLM 125 configuration safely and effectively handles both reactive and non-reactive metal powders. SLM Solutions offers a wide range of qualified metal powders for selective laser melting, including pure titanium, titanium alloys, cobalt-chrome alloys and stainless steels.
A range of quality monitoring systems, including sensors and a Layer Control System (LCS) have been designed to ensure process repeatability, documentation and quality control. Furthermore, all Selective Laser Melting systems have been equipped with a closed-loop powder handling system to ensure a maximum of safety during operation.
Thanks to professional application support from SLM Solutions, customized SLM components are supported from prototype development all the way to mass production.
How can the SLM Solutions team support your project?
- Freedom of design to create complex, unique structures intended for function
- 3D process allows for faster, cost-efficient production of customized parts
- Print in bio-compatible materials, such as Titanium, with minimized material waste
- Unique stemmed designs for osseointegration
- Porous structures for reduced stress shielding
- Quality monitoring systems to ensure process repeatability and documentation