Medical device manufacturers are increasingly adopting Selective Laser Melting technology for the production of a wide range of medical and dental parts. This includes the production of functional prototypes; serial production of surgical implants, instruments and equipment components; and mass customization, i.e., the production of patient-specific implants and prostheses on a large scale.
The benefits of Selective Laser Melting as a state-of-the-art production technique include the ability to build complex geometries, productivity and cost advantages, and the integration of functional aspects, e.g., porous structures on a surgical implant for enhanced osseointegration and reduced stress shielding.
When it comes to productivity, SLM Solutions offers best-in-class systems. Our flagship mid-size SLM®280 2.0 Twin Selective Laser Melting system is equipped with a twin laser configuration (2x 400W or 2x 700W) and a bi-directional loader for increased build rates. A unique gas flow system ensures consistent builds with an extremely low variation in part density and mechanical properties. The system is equipped with a large 280 x 280 mm build envelope. The patented technology in the laser overlap area ensures that up to two lasers can work simultaneously on one component, thereby drastically reducing construction time for large parts.
Our compact-size SLM®125 Selective Laser Melting system is equipped with a single 400W laser configuration, a bi-directional loader and a large 125 x 125 mm build envelope, achieving best-in-class platform size and build rates. Our standard SLM®125 configuration is equipped to safely and effectively handle both reactive and non-reactive metal powders.
We offer a wide range of qualified metal powders on our SLM® systems, including pure titanium, titanium alloys, cobalt-chrome alloys and stainless steels.
A range of quality monitoring systems, including sensors and LCS (Layer Control System), have been designed to ensure process repeatability, process documentation and quality control. Furthermore, all our Selective Laser Melting systems have been equipped with a closed-loop powder handling system to ensure a maximum of safety during operation.
Thanks to professional application support from SLM Solutions, customized SLM® components are supported from prototype development all the way to mass production.