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Rayvatek implements SLM Solutions’ metal 3d printing technology

Overcoming technical constraints to deliver high-performance products and achieve breakthrough solutions in aerospace materials

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Rayvatek, a company specializing in metal additive manufacturing technology and services, has made waves by unveiling its innovative solutions in aerospace materials at several prestigious events. These ground-breaking products are a result of a strategic collaboration with SLM Solutions, a leading provider of industrial metal 3D printing machines. The partnership successfully mitigated the technical limitations associated with conventional manufacturing techniques, delivering high-performance products that offer cost efficiency and greater operational effectiveness.

The aerospace industry was an early adopter of 3D printing technology, and it continues to be an arena of rapid expansion for the implementation of 3D printing on a global scale. SLM Solutions regards it as a primary target sector, given that its metal 3D printing technology is exceptionally well-suited for creating materials that satisfy the stringent specifications set by aircraft engine manufacturers. These specifications pertain to metallurgical and mechanical performance, thereby enabling a more streamlined manufacturing process, enhanced product quality, and reduced production expenses.

SLM Solutions’ selective laser melting technology enables the fabrication of integral thrust chambers by merging multiple parts into a single unit. The use of 3D printed lattice structures and internal cooling channels enhances the quality of the part, reduces weight, and conserves fuel. It also proves beneficial in producing small batches of intricate parts, leading to cost savings, the elimination of tool production, and significantly reducing the development cycle.

Rayvatek underscores the significance of SLM Solutions’ technology in crafting high-performance products and addressing prevalent challenges in aerospace materials manufacturing. For instance, oxidizer injectors, with their highly intricate internal passages, cannot be fabricated through casting and machining. The detailed design of these injectors, meant to fit the engine and oxidizer tank, would necessitate the assembly of numerous components using traditional manufacturing methods.

Rayvatek implements SLM Solutions’ metal 3d printing technology to achieve breakthrough solutions in aerospace materials.

Employing the SLM280 3D printer, Rayvatek can produce injectors of varying sizes through a single manufacturing process. This accelerates testing and development phases, eventually leading to a more efficient injection of oxidizer into the combustion chamber, thereby enhancing the thrust power of the launch vehicle.

3D printing enables the production of flow distributors in a single piece, as opposed to assembling multiple pieces, aiding in achieving smooth and even distribution. The SLM280 can construct hollow parts for impellers, decreasing both the weight and the moment of inertia of the product.

“We are delighted to cooperate with SLM Solutions, a leading metal 3D printing equipment manufacturer. Combining SLM’s high-precision printing capabilities with Rayvatek’s experience and expertise in the space industry allows us to develop and produce high-quality space components and expand our offerings to a wider range of sectors, including aerospace, maritime transport, electric vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles, heavy machinery and molds, and energy,” said the Chief Business Officer of Rayvatek.

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