SLM Solutions Group AG, Lübeck, Germany, has appointed Kingsbury, Gosport, Hampshire, UK, to sell its Additive Manufacturing products and services in the British and Irish markets, with effect from December 1, 2020.
SLM Solutions specialises in Laser Beam Powder Bed Fusion (PBF-LB) Additive Manufacturing, with its machines capable of producing parts in aluminium, titanium, nickel, cobalt, iron and copper alloys. The company recently expanded its model range with the launch of its NXG XII 600 AM machine, equipped with twelve 1 kW lasers and offering a build envelope of 600 x 600 x 600 mm. The NXG XII 600 is said to be up to twenty times faster than a standard single-laser system, and is designed to be used for high-volume production as well as for large parts.
“We are delighted to be able to offer such a comprehensive range of production-oriented powder bed AM solutions,” Richard Kingsbury, Managing Director of Kingsbury, stated. “We see the technology, with the freedom of design that it brings to production, becoming increasingly important as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, as it will enable manufacturing industry to innovate and become more competitive.”
SLM’s machines include features such as bi-directional recoating, multi-laser overlap strategy and laminar gas flow. In addition, the open architecture allows parameters to be modified without additional cost, so a user is able to customise the process to suit specific applications and to develop completely new alloys.
David Wilckens, Regional Sales Manager of SLM Solutions, commented, “The choice of Kingsbury to sell and service our systems was down to their already representing many well-known German machine tool manufacturers of high-value capital equipment, all of which see themselves as a technology leader, as we do. The match is made even better by the agent already being committed to AM technology and having an established department, with business development and applications engineering already in place.”
“We and Kingsbury have a number of UK customers in common in various industries including medical, aerospace and defence, which will be excellent reference sites for prospective users. A dedicated demonstration machine will be installed in early 2021,” Wilckens added.