The SLM®500 is built to ensure operator safety and lower overall operational costs. As the first quad-laser metal AM system on the market, the SLM®500 serves as the flagship metal 3D printer for high volume metal additive manufacturing. Featuring a 500 x 280 x 365 mm (19.7 x 11 x 14 in) build chamber , the SLM 500 offers a system tailored to best meet your specific industrial metal 3D printing requirements including a build chamber handling device and powder removal station (PRS).
The integrated SLM Build Processor and open software architecture offer the freedom of controlling system parameters to optimize and meet strict production needs.
Quad laser optics can increase build rates by 90% over twin laser configurations. The SLM®500 is configurable with two or four overlapping lasers with power ratings from 800 to a full 2800 Watts. Available configurations include:
- 4x 400W
- 4x 700W
Gas flow is essential to removing soot from the process chamber, especially for long-duration builds and the optimized gas flow on all systems produces complex components with the highest density and top surface quality.
PSV Powder Handling
The SLM 500’s patented closed-loop transport of metal powder increases operator safety and eliminates time-consuming manual fills and powder handling. To further reduce ancillary times, the automatic powder sieving procedure does not interfere with the parallel-running build process.
PRS Part Removal Station
The finished build cylinder is transported out of the system where cooling and removal of excess powder takes place inside the Part Removal Station (PRS). This useful component of the machine is optimally suited for batch production, and serves for removing the excess powder from the build cylinder and the manufactured parts. Based on the unloading position, the construction cylinder is removed with the handling device, transferred to the PRS where the created metal parts can be ergonomically released from excess powder without any skin contact thanks to the integrated gas-tight gloves. The PRS allows the next build process to immediately begin so your machine is continuously producing.
Comprehensive process monitoring modules are available to ensure transparency and traceability.
- Twin 400W or 700W fiber lasers
- Quad laser processing
- Integrate lasers independently or in parallel
- Lower production cost for high volume metal parts with material saving and efficient closed-loop powder handling
- Increase build speeds with patented bi-directional recoating
- Adapter for higher platform temperatures
- Open software architecture & system parameters
- Optimized laminated gas flow and recirculation
|Build Envelope Volume (x/y/z)||500 x 280 x 365 mm
19.7 x 11 x 14 in
(reduced by substrate plate thickness)
|IPG Fiber Laser Power||Twin 2x 400W or 2x 700W
Quad 4x 400W or 4x 700W
|Build Rate||171 ccm/h 700W Quad|
|Layer Thickness||20 – 75 μm|
|Min. Feature Size||150 μm|
|Beam Focus Diameter||80 – 115 μm|
|Scan Speed||10 m/s|
|Inert Gas Consumption in Operation||Ar/N₂, 5.0-7.0 L/min|
|Inert Gas Consumption Purging||Ar/N₂, 70 L/min|
|E-Connection / Consumption||400 Volt 3NPE, 64 A, 50/60 Hz, 8 – 10 kW|
|Compressed Air Requirement||ISO 8573-1:2010[1:4:1], 50 L/min @ 6 bar|
|Dimensions in mm (L x W x H)||5200 x 2800 x 2700 mm (incl. PRS & PSV)|
|Weight||2400 kg without powder
3100 kg with powder