SLM Solutions Unique project to create a new production line for AM of metallic materials
Germany/Sweden – SLM Solutions Group AG and Sweden-based Swerea IVF are getting together to create a new industrial project to produce a new production line for metallic materials.
Together with SLM Solutions and Swerea, ten research institutions and companies are also participating in this unique project, which is to develop a new production line for additive manufacturing of metallic materials with a focus on selective laser melting, SLM says. The partners will work along the entire value chain and are also dealing with environmental and health topics.
The project is the first of its kind, bringing together ten globally operating partners from different industries. Taking into account new digital possibilities in the industry, a production line for additive manufacturing will be developed jointly to shorten the time to market of new products and, thus, further improve competitiveness.
The project participants are from industries, including plant construction, sheet metal forming, air filtration, metal powder production, surface technology, product development and simulation as well as research institutions. The team, as such, are Curtiss-Wright Corporation, EDR & Medeso AB, Höganäs AB, University West Trollhättan, Nederman Holding AB, Quintus Technologies AB, Ringhals AB, SLM Solutions Group AG, Swerea IVF and Volvo Trucks.
Swerea, a research group for industrial renewal and sustainable development, provides research results in the fields of materials science, manufacturing technology and product development. It works both nationally and internationally with scientific institutions on the national and international level as well as the industry and society. Swerea has recently expanded its production capacity with an additional machine from SLM, the SLM 280 2.0, measuring 280 x 280 x 365 mm with patented multi-beam technology of up to 2x 700 W laser performance, as such. This machine also provides bi-directional powder coating, allowing for reduced production time of individually manufactured metal components.
Mats Lundin, CEO of Swerea, notes: "We are looking forward to setting up this production line together with a strong partner, SLM Solutions Group AG, and contributing to the industrialisation of additive manufacturing in Sweden.”
SLM's Regional Sales Manager for Northern Europe Jens Oldenburg commented on SLM's participation: "We expect that this project will provide an excellent platform to develop a production line jointly, in that basic questions will be addressed and the expertise of those involved in the project combined."