SLM Solutions, Lübeck, Germany, has received an order for two NXG Xll 600 metal Additive Manufacturing machines from a leading aerospace rocket company based in California, USA. The new AM machines will make its space missions more affordable and efficient, by creating lighter, faster and more robust aerospace components.
With the rise in demand to get space-based technology into orbit, Additive Manufacturing is an ideal solution for space companies. SLM Solutions explains that the NXG Xll 600, which uses the Laser Beam Powder Bed Fusion (PBF-LB) process, offers a large build envelope and the ability to work with space-friendly alloys such as nickel and copper. It has high-speed production rates, capable of producing complex parts crucial for the space sector’s demands.
“The NXG XII 600 is a true game-changer for the rapidly growing (New) Space industry,” stated Dr Simon Merkt-Schippers, EVP Product Management of SLM Solutions. “Here, traditional space companies and established players must cope with strong growth and an urgent need for complex parts to win the modern space race. SLM Solutions technology enables more affordable missions due to smarter designs that make rocket engines more efficient, bringing their performance to the next level. There is probably no faster and more efficient way to explore orbit and come out triumphant than utilising the capabilities of the NXG XII 600.”