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SLM Solutions Launches Additive Alliance Against Corona

Lübeck, April 09, 2020. SLM Solutions has launched Additive Alliance Against Corona, an initiative to combine the forces of the Additive Manufacturing industry to fight together against the effects of the Coronavirus. One of the biggest advantages of 3D printing is the rapid response time in being able to produce a product. COVID-19 has been spreading rapidly and fast solutions to save valuable time are required.

Sebastian Kässner, Chief Marketing Officer of SLM Solutions Group AG, explains: „As a pioneer in metal-based additive manufacturing we want to offer our many years of expertise, our existing resources and our network to actively contribute to overcoming the COVID-19 crisis.” 

The objective of the alliance is to combine the forces of companies in the AM industry and to take advantage of 3D printing’s rapid response time. Since 3D printing is already used in the production of medical components and the tooling to produce medical components, we can quickly leverage machines and processes already certified to the current European "Medical Device Regulation" (MDR) and ISO 13485 guidelines. SLM® machines in the USA are already printing metal injection molding tools for face shield production showing that additive manufacturing can contribute to combatting the crisis quickly.  

"Sharing ideas, skills and networks is of great importance at this time of year to fight together against the spread of the virus, to reduce the shortage of important materials and to close possible gaps in the supply chains. Our global team of experts is available for this," Kässner continues.

SLM Solutions invites all companies and organizations that can provide support in the form of production, development or logistics capacities, for example, or that already have concrete ideas and need a partner to implement them to join the Additive Alliance Against Corona. Further information and the opportunity to contact us can be found on the page https://additive-alliance-against-corona.slm-solutions.com/