The luxury car and aircraft engine manufacturer has previously purchased SLM 500s as part of transferring its expertise and knowledge gained from single laser solutions to multi-laser platforms.
The additional machines are part of the Pearl 10X engine pre-production ramp-up. They will be used for the manufacture of components for aeronautical engines. The SLM 500 machines will be used to 3D print complex combustion chamber tiles enabling valuable reduction in weight and emissions.
This will contribute to the environmental performance of the Pearl 10X, with an overall 5% increase in engine efficiency over its predecessor.
The Pearl 10X is the most powerful member of Rolls-Royce’s Pearl engine family and was designed specifically for the Dassault Falcon 10X, a highly advanced jet aircraft. More than 3,600 Rolls-Royce powered business jets are currently in service, and the company remains one of the leading engine suppliers to the business jet market.
Richard Mellor, Rolls-Royce’s Chief Manufacturing Engineer for Additive Layer Manufacturing, said: “Additive Layer Manufacturing enables the delivery of complex, high-performance assemblies that cannot be manufactured using conventional techniques. conventional. For example, these combustion chamber tiles include cooling holes that rotate air 180 degrees, maximizing efficiency while reducing emissions.
The industrialization of AM within the wider civil aviation sector is set to accelerate in the coming years, with the AMPOWER 2022 report forecasting forecast system sales to triple to over €250 million by 2026.
“Having a top company like Rolls-Royce as a loyal customer is truly rewarding,” said SLM Solutions CEO Sam O’Leary. “We are committed to forging relationships like these with our team of experts every step of the way, ensuring our clients’ success through close collaboration.”
The SLM 500 is a four-laser metal system that can integrate lasers independently or in parallel to increase build rates by 90% over dual-laser setups. The machine operator and powder are separated by a closed loop powder handling strategy with an automated sieve and powder feed. Designed for series production, the cylinder of interchangeable construction allows the shortest possible cooking times, thus reducing machine downtime to a minimum.
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