- 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
- Monolithic Thrust Chamber
- Extrusion Tool 3D Printed for Flow Optimization
- 3D Printed Lightweight Racing Brake Pedal
- Additively Manufactured Lathe Tool
- Lightweight Steering Knuckle Additively Manufactured
- 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
- Gooseneck Krueger Actuation Bracket
- Glass-lined High Pressure Reactors for the Process Industry
- Classic Cadillac Eldorado Control Box Cover
- Motor Housing for an Electric Race Car
Selecting Parts for Additive Manufacturing
As metal additive manufacturing (AM) expands to a viable production process, companies are assessing the feasibility of producing parts with Selective Laser Melting. Our application engineering team discusses how to assess what types of parts, features and geometries are best suited to be optimized for AM. Attendees learn how to assess components to take the first steps of implementing a metal AM strategy.
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.
The Benefits of Designing Medical Devices with Topology Optimization and Additive Manufacturing
The additive manufacturing industry continues to grow as serial manufacturing applications across many sectors are realized. Topology optimization and generative design software further exploit the benefits and capacity of additive manufacturing by generating designs that increase function and reduce material, weight, design time, and cost. Increasingly, selective laser melting applications featuring medical-grade Titanium are utilized in the production of orthopedic implants, such as lumbar and cervical fusion cages, with lattice structures that increase bone in-growth. This major benefit to patients is complemented by a reduction in material, production time and cost to manufacturers. Learn how companies are increasing functionality while decreasing costs by combining design optimization and advanced additive manufacturing technologies.
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Custom Training Options
We offer training sessions customized to your needs or on-location at your production facility. Contact us to discuss how we can help train your team to increase your success with selective laser melting!
We 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.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on any of our training offerings or to register for a scheduled applications training session.
- Aluminium Alloys
- Cobalt Chromium
- Invar Iron Alloy
- Nickel Chromium
- Stainless Steel
- Titanium Alloy
- Tool Steel
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.