Manufacturing solutions provider Mimo Technik, headquartered in Carson, California, USA, has successfully met the material specifications performance for ALSi10Mg aluminium powder for Boeing, using metal Additive Manufacturing machines from SLM Solutions, Lübeck, Germany.
Mimo Technik credits SLM Solutions’ open architecture philosophy for enabling the company to grow from designing and manufacturing motorsport and racing parts to producing and qualifying AM components for some of the aerospace industry’s leading companies. Mimo Technik can now qualify materials, processes, and parts for aerospace flight faster than before. Thanks to AM technology, Mimo Technik’s process is reported to be five to ten times more productive than the industry benchmark. The company’s next goal is the qualification of high-strength aluminium alloys on SLM Solutions AM machines for Boeing.
“SLM Solutions technology enables us to create parts and design processes that are just not possible on any other platform,” stated Jonathan Cohen, CEO & co-founder at Mimo Technik. “Their open parameters, open architecture system, and engineering spirit let us refine our processes and create parts to the highest standards in critical systems. From structures to electronics, the entire system is customizable to achieve the needed results. SLM’s open architecture has been a key component in our success.”
SLM Solutions’ AM technology was the basis for Mimo Technik’s switch from previously manufacturing polymers to metal Additive Manufacturing. The company began with one SLM® 280 in 2014, which has now evolved into an AM centre housing one SLM® 125, three SLM® 280s, and three SLM® 500s.
Dr Simon Merkt-Schippers, EVP of Product Management at SLM Solutions, commented, “This major qualification proves that Mimo Technik is a leading part manufacturer for the aerospace industry. It is almost unreal what Jonathan is getting out of our machines, resulting in incredible competitive advantages to Mimo Technik. On top of our open architecture, our extensive support for certified serial production comes along with the IQ, OQ, and PQ qualification process. These were key advantages for this joint success and for Mimo Technik’s overall accelerated adaption of SLM technology for aerospace.”