SLM Solutions, Lübeck, Germany, and Elementum 3D, Erie, Colorado, USA, have entered a material development agreement to bring Elementum 3D’s range of high-performance alloys for aerospace and space applications to SLM’s customers. The agreement has also seen Elementum 3D acquire a twelve-laser NXG XII 600 Additive Manufacturing machine from SLM Solutions.
Through this partnership, the companies are collaborating to develop exclusive aluminium alloys 2024 and 6061 or aerospace-grade 7050 and 7075 for SLM technology. In this way, both companies are teaming up to further enhance material offerings on the 12-laser technology used to print end-use parts traveling to space. Elementum 3D’s RAM technology is said to ensure safe processing and the successful outcome of additively manufactured parts with these difficult-to-use materials, and therefore opens completely new possibilities in terms of component size, processing speeds, and material properties.
“This strong partnership will enable our goal of empowering our customers to achieve theirs,” stated Sam O’Leary, CEO of SLM Solutions. “It will pave a path for an enhanced material portfolio enabling better-performing applications and new business cases. We look forward to this partnership achieving new heights in AM and accelerating idea-to-production platform for our customers.”
Jacob Nuechterlein, president and founder of Elementum 3D, added, “We are pleased to announce this working agreement with SLM Solutions. With Elementum 3D’s ground-breaking materials and SLM Solutions leadership in production-sized printers for aluminums, we can offer a full solution to organisations ready to take their ideas to production.