Bosch acquires two SLM500s supercharging its expansion

Bosch acquires two SLM500s supercharging its expansion

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SLM Solutions Group has announced the recent installation of two SLM500s at Robert Bosch GmbH Nuremberg (“Bosch”), the renowned German technology leader. The new systems will enable the company to produce parts for powertrain technology and more.

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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 center is responsible for producing components and parts using Additive Manufacturing (AM) for prototype and serial applications.

The SLM500s will significantly increase BOSCH’s output for aluminium parts in AlSi10Mg, allowing them a higher capacity for demanding lot sizes, thus accelerating 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”).

“A high OEE, a resilient machine design, and our good quality processes are the keys for AM-production”, said Dr Christina Bluemel comments, Manager of the NuP1 3DP Manufacturing and Processing Center.

Sam O’Leary, CEO, SLM Solutions’ commented, “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.”

Bosch’s AM presence will also go beyond the automotive industry: finding parallel success in using SLM technology with their 3DPSPACE Startup, which produces parts for the space sector.

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. Designed for serial production, the exchangeable build cylinder enables the shortest possible fire to fire times, reducing downtimes of the machine 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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