SLM Solutions Group AG has confirmed the sale of two more SLM systems to a major European automotive OEM – whose fleet now consists of more than ten SLM Solutions systems, including several SLM500s as well as SLM280s. The OEM uses its fleet of systems to produce various metal parts for vehicle production, with a focus on serial production.
Considering the global automotive trend trajectory – the shift to electric vehicles will further accelerate the adoption of additive manufacturing which allows, besides others, lighter builds required by heavy battery packs and better thermal management to extend the lifetime of batteries.
SLM Solutions’ customers are able to meet the increasing demands of the automotive sector by deploying the company’s fleet of SLM500s. Between 2020 and 2021, SLM Solutions sold twice as many SLM500s – reaching an install base of around 150 machines globally – printing some of the most complex applications for automotive design.
“This latest sale is a testament to the quality of our systems and our commitment to making our partners realize their visions,” commented Sam O’Leary, CEO of SLM Solutions. “The productivity and reliability of our systems and the innovation and support of our team make us the go-to with the world’s leading automotive OEMs. These are long-lasting relationships forged from trust and close collaboration as much as they are from metal and lasers.”
SLM Solutions is known as one of the market leaders for many commercial firsts – with a focus on increasing productivity with innovation in multi-laser technology. The first quad-laser metal system on the market, the SLM500 can integrate lasers independently, or in parallel, to increase build rates by 90% over twin laser configurations. Machine operator and powder are separated through a closed-loop powder handling strategy with an automated powder sieve and supply.
Designed for serial production – the exchangeable build cylinder enables the shortest possible fire to fire times, reducing the machine’s downtimes to a minimum.