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Bosch acquires two SLM 500 3D printers to boost its additive expansion

SLM Solutions Group SA today announced the recent installation of two SLM 500s at renowned German technology leader Robert Bosch GmbH Nuremberg (Bosch).

Bosch will use its new systems to produce parts for its powertrain technology, including custom aluminum parts for hydrogen technology and electric drive productions at its 3D-MPC manufacturing and processing center in Nuremberg. , in Germany.

The center is responsible for producing components and parts using additive manufacturing (AM) for prototypes and serial applications. The SLM 500s will increase Bosch’s production for AlSi10Mg aluminum parts, enabling greater capacity for demanding batch sizes, accelerating revenue.

Constantly producing heavy-duty jobs means they need a reliable machine base that exceeds high-performance requirements for throughput and Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE).

“High OEE, resilient machine design and our good quality processes are the keys to AM production,” said Dr. Christina Bluemel, NuP1 3DP Manufacturing and Processing Center Manager, Bosch.

SLM Solutions CEO Sam O’Leary said, “We are beyond excited to partner with Bosch, a true technology powerhouse. They understand the revolutionary potential of additive manufacturing and trust the power and reliability of SLM Solutions systems. We are truly excited to help Bosch accelerate the implementation of additive solutions across its entire product and solution portfolio.

Bosch’s presence in the world of additive manufacturing will go beyond the automotive industry. The company is experiencing parallel success in the use of SLM technology with its Startup 3DSPACE, which produces parts for the space sector.

As a four-laser metal system, the SLM 500 can integrate lasers independently or in parallel to increase build rates by 90% over dual-laser configurations.

The system is designed for series production and the cylinder of interchangeable construction allows the shortest possible burning times, thus reducing machine downtime to a minimum.

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