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Nikon SLM Solutions sells its 900th system life to date

The NXG XII 600 will be installed at the Safran Additive Manufacturing Campus

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Nikon SLM Solutions, the second largest core metal AM company overall, according to VoxelMatters Research’s newly released Metal AM Market 2023 report, delivered its first NXG XII 600 system to Safran. This is the 900th system that SLM Solutions has sold to date. The state-of-the-art system will be stationed at Safran Additive Manufacturing Campus (SAMC) and will be essential to the serial production of qualified parts tailored for current and future aircraft engine programs.

François-Xavier Foubert, General Manager of Safran Additive Manufacturing Campus, commented, “This first NXG XII 600 is a pivotal asset in Safran’s pursuit towards decarbonated aviation, underlining our ambition to contribute to reach carbon neutrality by 2035.”

A primary driving force behind this strategic investment is a uniquely designed, complex aluminum part conceptualized to integrate next-generation aircraft engine demonstrators. The chosen material is AlSi7Mg0.6 – F357. In a joint endeavor, Safran and Nikon SLM Solutions have crafted a meticulous protocol ensuring the NXG XII 600 not only meets but consistently upholds Safran’s rigorous specifications. This collaborative effort holds the potential to establish new benchmarks for the aerospace industry.

Nikon SLM Solutions sells 900th system. The NXG XII 600 is to be installed at Safran and it is the first one for the aerospace giant
SLM Solutions’ NXG XII 600E

Furthermore, the machine’s parameters for Aluminum AlSi7Mg0.6 have been developed by Nikon SLM Solutions in alignment with Safran’s exacting standards for serial production qualified parts.

A comprehensive Service Level Agreement accompanying the NXG XII 600 enhances the delivery’s value. This pact encompasses full coverage and a commitment to maximize uptime, ensuring Safran can capitalize on consistent, efficient production.

Sam O’Leary, CEO of Nikon SLM Solutions, reflected on this partnership, stating, “This delivery marks not just a transaction, but a testament to our shared vision for the future of additive manufacturing. With the NXG XII 600, we’re enabling Safran to harness record production capabilities, paving the way for innovative advancements in aviation.”

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites VoxelMatters.com and Replicatore.it, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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