France’s Safran Group has announced it has chosen to work with the twelve 1 kw laser power NXG XII 600 Laser Beam Powder Bed Fusion (PBF-LB) machine from SLM Solutions, Lübeck, Germany. The Additive Manufacturing machine will be used to produce large, qualified aluminium parts for current and next-generation programmes. It will be added to the Safran Additive Manufacturing Campus in Le Haillan near Bordeaux, where SLM 500 machines are already in use.
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“Safran is engaged in reaching carbon neutrality for aviation by 2050,” stated Francois-Xavier Foubert, General Manager of the Safran Additive Manufacturing Campus. “Additive Manufacturing is one of the main assets to secure this ambitious but realistic target, enabling to develop innovative architecture on our products, as long as reducing significantly their weight. Equipment such as the NXG XII 600 will be part of this challenging journey.“
Sam O’Leary, CEO of SLM Solutions, added, “With its unparalleled features in the industry, the NXG XII 600 provides new horizons for Safran. The capability to produce bigger parts with stringent quality, cost, and throughput requirements triggers new part designs, and new business cases that were previously impossible to manufacture. SLM Solutions is proud to contribute to this new era of manufacturing.”