SLM Solutions, Lübeck, Germany, and MacLean Additive, an Additive Manufacturing and materials start-up division of automotive supplier MacLean Fogg Component Solutions based in Mundelein, Illinois, USA, have announced the purchase by MacLean Additive of an SLM®280 3.0 Production Series PBF-LB machine.
MacLean Additive is the home of the Formetrix L-40 steel powder, an engineered, patented, high-performance steel alloy designed for AM to provide a combination of hardness, ductility, and toughness. Durable tooling manufactured with Formetrix L-40 powder have been serially produced via SLM Solutions machines and are deployed across multiple industries and processes.
“Some of the most innovative use cases for Formetrix L-40 powder were developed and printed using SLM machines,” stated Greg Rizzo, vice president and General Manager of MacLean Additive. “This proven performance made SLM machines the perfect fit for our initial production product lines.”
The new SLM AM machine will be used to additively manufacture hundreds of identified Formetrix L-40 AM tools annually, with technical and economic benefits exceeding those of traditional tooling. It is scheduled to be delivered to one of MacLean Additive’s design and manufacturing centres in the Detroit metropolitan area.
Sam O’Leary, CEO of SLM Solutions, commented, “We’re excited to partner with MacLean Additive on the industrialisation and growth of their 3D metal printing product lines. Success with another innovative powder like Formetrix L-40 tool steel adds to the already impressive list of materials validated and proven on SLM machines. We look forward to the mutual growth of Formetrix L-40 powder usage and the rapid adoption of SLM Solutions’ technology.”