AMEXCI AB, based in Karlskoga, Sweden, has acquired a new SLM 500 Additive Manufacturing machine from SLM Solutions, Lübeck, Germany. The new machine will enable AMEXCI to offer its customers larger components at increased productivity.
The SLM 500, equipped with four 700 Watt lasers, allows rapid production of large aluminium parts, while the ability to change the build chamber is intended to minimise machine downtime, maximise productivity, and reduce cost per part.
“The biggest advantage with the SLM 500 is the reduction of cycle time from the start of a build job to the end,” stated Amit Saini, Application Engineer at AMEXCI. “Also, the machine’s hopper system ensures a continuous supply of powder making it easier to print taller components. My initial impression of the machine and its software is that it is completely open for the user to have full control of the process, which makes it easier for us to work with.”
Karl-Fredrik Hultén, Application Engineer at AMEXCI, added, “The machine feels very well built and well thought out. So far, I’m very impressed with the closed-loop powder system the SLM 500 has. Also, their user-friendly interface helps monitoring the process – both from a safety perspective, having less contact with the powder, but also having the possibility to maintain a higher powder quality, when you keep it in a closed-loop system.”
Acquiring a new AM machine is intended not only as an investment for AMEXCI, but, rather, for the future and benefits of its customers. The company believes that, as they gain further experience with Additive Manufacturing, applications that show true potential to be industrialised will be realised more frequently.