SLM Solutions has recently installed two SLM500 printers at Robert Bosch GmbH Nuremberg (Bosch), the multinational German technology and engineering company. Bosch will utilize its new systems to produce parts for its powertrain technology, including custom aluminium parts for hydrogen technology and electric drive productions at their 3D-MPC Manufacturing and Processing Center in Nuremberg, Germany. The centre is responsible for producing components and parts using additive manufacturing for prototype and serial applications.
The SLM500s will significantly increase Bosch’s output for aluminum parts in AlSi10Mg – allowing them higher capacity for demanding lot sizes, with a resulting accelerated revenue. Their constant production of heavy-duty jobs means they need a reliable machine base exceeding high-performance requirements regarding output and Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE).
SLM Solutions’ SLM500
”A high OEE, a resilient machine design, and our good quality processes are the keys for AM production”, commented Dr. Christina Bluemel, Manager of the NuP1 3DP Manufacturing and Processing Center.
“We are more than thrilled to partner with Bosch, a real technology powerhouse. They understand the revolutionary potential of additive manufacturing and trust the power and reliability of SLM Solutions systems. We are genuinely excited to support Bosch to accelerate the implementation of additive solutions across its entire portfolio of products and solutions,” said Sam O’Leary, CEO of SLM Solutions.
Bosch’s AM presence will also go beyond their powertrain technology and the automotive industry – finding parallel success in using SLM technology with their 3DPSPACE Startup, which produces parts for the space sector.
The SLM500 quad-laser metal system can integrate lasers independently, or in parallel, to increase build rates by 90% over twin laser configurations. The exchangeable build cylinder, designed for serial production, enables the shortest possible fire to fire times – reducing machine downtimes to a minimum. Machine operator and powder are separated through a closed-loop powder handling strategy, including an automated powder sieve and supply.
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Author: Edward Wakefield