Linear Mold & Engineering, North America’s largest privately owned provider of metal Additive Manufacturing (AM) services, has announced further expansion with an order for four new machines from SLM Solutions GmbH.
The company, based in Livonia, Michigan, has already taken delivery of the first of its new SLM 280 HL systems. The SLM 280 HL single laser machine joins Linear’s other two SLM (one single and one dual laser) DMLM machines currently onsite and brings its total number of AM machines currently in operation to eleven.
Three additional SLM 280 HL Twin Beam machines will be installed early 2015, with a further six AM machines slated to be installed throughout 2015 to keep up with customer demand.
“The decision to expand, which was announced last year, was based on customer demand for 3D printed end-use production parts,” stated John Tenbusch, President of Linear Mold & Engineering. “We also chose the SLM 280 HL from SLM Solutions based on the company’s wide range of materials and speed to support production runs specific to this particular phase of Linear’s growth.”
Linear currently operates three existing SLM machines from SLM Solutions, as well as eight Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) machines from its long-time vendor EOS GmbH. “We are advancing our equipment plans for acquiring 3D metal printing machines from the two largest providers of this equipment in the world,” Tenbusch added. “Our expansion plans announced in June of 2014 are extensive and the ongoing support we receive from both EOS and SLM Solutions give us the ability to provide our customers with the highest quality 3D metal printed components in the fastest time frame.”