October 26, 2021

SLM Solutions Outfits MacLean Additive with SLM®280 Production Series Machine for Serial Production

The investment will scale up additive manufacturing capabilities using MacLean’s proprietary high-durability Formetrix L-40 powder.  

  • MacLean Additive’s Formetrix L-40 powder is a patented, high-performance steel alloy designed to provide users with a market-leading combination of hardness, ductility, toughness, and 3D-printability.
  • MacLean Additive is the additive manufacturing start-up within MacLean-Fogg Component Solutions, a Top 100 supplier to the North American Automotive Industry.
  • Durable tools utilizing Formetrix L-40 have been successfully printed on SLM Solutions machines, making use of the company’s open-architecture feature, and are deployed across multiple industries and processes.
  • The machine will be initially used to produce hundreds of identified Formetrix L-40 3D printed tools annually.

Mundelein, IL, USA. October 26th, 2021. Additive Manufacturing pioneer SLM Solutions and MacLean Additive jointly announce the purchase by MacLean Additive of a SLM®280 Production Series system. MacLean Additive is a start-up division of MacLean Fogg Component Solutions, one of the 100 largest automotive suppliers in North America. MacLean Additive is the home of the Formetrix L-40 steel powder, an engineered, patented, high-performance steel alloy designed to provide users with an unparalleled combination of hardness, ductility, toughness, and 3D-printability.  

Durable tooling manufactured with Formetrix L-40 powder have been serially produced via SLM Solutions machines and are deployed across multiple industries and processes. A key pillar of SLM Solutions is the ability for an open-architecture system that enables Tier 1 experts like MacLean Additive to supply their customers with their unique material properties. This installed SLM machine will be used to produce hundreds of identified Formetrix L-40 3D- tools annually, with technical and economic benefits far exceeding those of traditional tooling.

“Some of the most innovative use cases for Formetrix L-40 powder were developed and printed using SLM machines. This proven performance made SLM machines the perfect fit for our initial production product lines,” commented Greg Rizzo, Vice President and General Manager of MacLean Additive.  Sam O’Leary, CEO of SLM Solutions, stated: “We’re excited to partner with MacLean Additive on the industrialization and growth of their 3D metal printing product lines. Success with another innovative powder like Formetrix L-40 tool steel adds to the already impressive list of materials validated and proven on SLM machines.  We look forward to the mutual growth of Formetrix L-40 powder usage and the rapid adoption of SLM Solutions’ technology”.

The machine will be delivered to one of MacLean Additive’s design and manufacturing centers in the Detroit metropolitan area. 

Those interested in learning more about Formetrix L-40 and MacLean Additive can contact MFCS at https://www.macleanfoggcs.com/contact/.

About MacLean-Fogg

MacLean-Fogg Company is a worldwide enterprise with 35 global manufacturing facilities, annual sales of $1 billion (USD), and a workforce of 3,500 dedicated employees. MacLean-Fogg Company operates through two primary businesses, MacLean-Fogg Component Solutions (MFCS) and MacLean Power Systems (MPS).  MacLean Additive is an additive manufacturing and materials start-up operating under the MFCS division.  Visit www.macleanfogg.com or https://www.macleanfoggcs.com/maclean-formetrix/ to learn more.

About SLM Solutions

SLM Solutions is an integrated solutions provider and metal additive manufacturing partner. The company takes a vested interest in customers’ long-term success with metal additive manufacturing. Robust Selective Laser Melting machines optimize fast, reliable, and cost-efficient part production. SLM Solutions’ experts work with customers at each stage of the process to provide support, which elevates the use of the technology and ensures their return on investment is maximized. A publicly traded company, SLM Solutions Group AG is headquartered in Germany, with offices in Canada, China, France, India, Italy, Russia, Singapore, and the United States.