Like the SLS process, selective laser melting is based on the layer-by-layer creation of components. It combines the advantages of additive manufacturing with the technical properties of the metal material group. Compared to conventional technologies, such as machining or casting processes, individual parts as well as small series can be produced from various alloys in a very short time. Laser melting is characterised by its attention to detail combined with excellent material properties. In the time-to-market principle, risks can be minimised in product development and thus series start-ups can be significantly shortened. In terms of material properties and accuracy, the components differ only insignificantly from series parts.
In laser melting, a metal powder is applied layer by layer and the component geometry is partially fused by a laser. As in stereolithography, for example, support geometries are used during the building process, which are subsequently removed mechanically. The layer-by-layer structure makes it possible to produce complex components, which has been particularly successful in the field of lightweight structural engineering. The mechanical post-processing of SLM components is no different from that of parts produced using conventional manufacturing processes. Like all our products, they are subject to our strict quality requirements so that we can deliver the best quality to our customers. Due to the layered construction, laser sintering has almost unlimited possibilities in terms of design and costruction. Different metals allow the use also for serial applications. SLM technology has been used successfully for years in a wide variety of application areas, especially automotive and aerospace.
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