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Collins Aerospace purchases second NXG XII 600

The printer from Nikon SLM Solutions will be housed at the company's facility in West Des Moines, Iowa

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Collins Aerospace, an RTX business, has purchased a second NXG XII 600 printer from Nikon SLM Solutions for its facility in West Des Moines, Iowa. The new large-format printer will allow Collins Aerospace to increase its additive production capacity at the site and expand the facility’s existing material capabilities.

Collins Aerospace’s West Des Moines location is a leading facility for the design and production of engine components for commercial and military aircraft. In 2023, the site celebrated the opening of a $14 million 9,000-square-foot addition of its additive manufacturing center. The production-ready facility is one of only nine in the US to receive the National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program (NADCAP) certification for additive manufacturing.

“With the addition of Collins’ second NXG XII 600 printer, we’re fueling their mission to revolutionize aerospace manufacturing. This not only empowers the industry as a whole but underscores our commitment to customer-driven innovation,” said Sam O’Leary, CEO of Nikon SLM Solutions.

Built specifically for serial production, the NXG XII 600 boasts speeds 20x faster than standard single laser machines, and has a build volume of 600 x 600 x 600mm.

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