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SLM Solutions presents concept for metal PBF parts up to 3 meters long

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In a battle of titans, SLM Solutions presented the new NXG XII 600E 3D printer, capable of producing metal PBF parts up to 1.5 meter tall (and sold the first system to its development partner), with a build volume of 600 x 600 x 1500, only to have it (partly) overshadowed by Eplus3D’s new EP-M1250 system which has a build volume of 1258 x 1258 x 1350 mm.

So SLM Solutions decided to go further beyond the extremes of manufacturing with its next trailblazing and record-breaking solution, which again changes the scale of what can be manufactured. The breakthrough solution will shake up the industry by enabling the production of high-quality metal parts up to a size of 3.0 x 1.2 x 1.2 meters (LxWxH). The large part machine concept contains a core unit and a build envelope flexible in size that allows the manufacture of components in individual dimensions. Coupled with the advantages of SLM technology, the game-changer offers its users the possibility of a perfectly tailored production with individual requirements – without the familiar limits.

Additive Manufacturing reaches its limits when it comes to the size of the build chamber. Large parts often cannot be built because they exceed the installation space available on the market. The flexible system solves this problem and will be an insane boost for the entire additive manufacturing industry. For example, it allows the production of cylindrical parts with a diameter of 1.8 meters and a height of 1.6 meters or alternatively long parts with a dimension of up to 3.0 x 1.2 x 1.2 meters. It thereby enables a build rate of up to 330 cm³/h.

Sam O’Leary, CEO of SLM Solutions explains: “This is yet another piece of game-changing technology that opens up new possibilities to transition applications AM, by removing previously accepted geometrical restrictions. Every price of technology we develop is a testament to our incredible team of relentless innovators, who solve our customers’ manufacturing challenges and change the future of manufacturing forever.”

The new solution allows to produce large metal parts to be manufactured additively which has been impossible before. At the same time, it offers the full advantages of SLM® technology as all other SLM® machines, such as freedom of design or reducing multiple parts into one. “It is not only a simple addition to SLM Solutions machine portfolio. It is a real revolution of manufacturing. We can’t wait to show the giant and massive metal parts. It’s almost unbelievable, but convince yourself,” comments Sam O’Leary.

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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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