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SLM Solutions acquires Adira AddCreative technology

The company is looking to expand and consolidate its ultra-large AM systems roadmap

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Remember Adira? Back in 2015, the Portuguese company presented a gigantic metal PBF 3D printer, based on Fraunhofer-developed technology, that first introduced the idea that metal PBF could be truly scaled. Since then we have not heard much about its progress with the Adira AddCreative technology. Meanwhile, other companies, like SLM Solutions, Velo3D, EOS (AMCM), EPlus3D and BLT continued to introduce larger and larger systems, with the gigantic NXT XII 600 from SLM Solutions taking the lead.

Now, after becoming part of the giant Nikon group, SLM Solutions is setting out to enhance its comprehensive solutions portfolio to cater to diverse customer needs across all applications, from standard to ultra large-format AM applications. Within the ultra large format segment, SLM Solutions will add the Adira AddCreative technology to its portfolio. This not only strengthens SLM’s product portfolio but is yet another commitment to leading the additive manufacturing industry into the future.

SLM Solutions’ acquisition of the technology includes Adira’s Addcreative innovative 3D printing system based on the Fraunhofer ILT moveable process head technology. Capable of supporting up to 12 lasers and operating on a 1m by 1m build platform, the technology fits into SLM’s existing line-up, positioned between the NXG XII 600 family and the recently announced SLM-developed large-scale additive manufacturing (AM) system.

The Adira AddCreative technology brings added flexibility, scalability, and cost-effectiveness, making it an attractive option for a wide range of applications in industries such as Aerospace, Energy, and Defence.

SLM Solutions acquires Adira Addcreative technology looking to expand and consolidate its ultra-large AM systems roadmap

SLM Solutions acquires Adira Addcreative technology looking to expand and consolidate its ultra-large AM systems roadmap “Integrating this advanced technology into our portfolio helps complete our offering, bridging the gap between our current systems and our future large-scale AM system.” said Sam O’Leary, CEO of SLM Solutions. “It is another testament to our relentless innovation aimed at overcoming our customers’ manufacturing challenges and altering the manufacturing landscape forever.”

Adira’s AddCreative’s team which has played a crucial role in developing the technology and is based in Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal, will join SLM Solution’s global team to continue their work on advancing additive manufacturing systems.

Miguel Gil Mata, Adira’s AddCreative Chairman and CEO of its parent company said “I’m thrilled to see this innovative technology, in-house invented and nurtured from the very beginning by our team, being integrated into one of the leading players in the 3D printing landscape. This is the best recognition for the breakthroughs we have achieved, and an excellent opportunity for our team and product to further develop within SLM.”

The integration of the Adira AddCreative technology into SLM Solutions’ offering promises not only to strengthen the current capabilities of additive manufacturing but also to unlock future possibilities by combining various technologies.

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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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