SLM Solutions says that its metal additive manufacturing (AM) machines have been selected by Rolls-Royce to help develop the manufacturer’s 3D printing capability for the aerospace market.

The SLM500 incorporates four lasers and has build rates up to 171 cm3, making it suitable for high volume processes. It has automated, closed-loop material supply, recovery and sieving to minimize operator handling of metal powder, while there is control of inert gas flow to maintain a controlled working atmosphere across the build chamber, SLM says.

‘SLM Solutions recognized the need at Rolls-Royce for a supplier to support with equipment qualification,’ said Meddah Hadjar, CEO of SLM Solutions. ‘We work closely to develop products that meet their needs to assure aerospace certified part quality levels. This way the Rolls-Royce team can document their expertise and control of the systems adhering to strict regulations and keep their ambitious and innovative additive production plans on track.’

This story uses material from SLM, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.