Additive Manufacturing for the Energy Industry

Metal 3D Printing Solutions for Energy

Power up your additive manufacturing for the Energy sector. The Energy industry is known for low-volume, high-mix, making it a viable production line for a highly agile industry. Yearly production volumes range from hundreds to thousands of parts per year, per part design. The elimination of tooling, full design flexibility and being able to immediately redefine production planning are key enablers of a smart and lean supply chain.

The traditional business model of energy operators incur a surplus of immobilized capital of spare parts because of procurement lead time and asset downtime cost. AM is measuring parts production and delivery into days opposed to weeks or months enabling the most efficient just-in-time production scenario.

Whether you are making one or many, test the waters with AM – we help ensure your success with metal additive manufacturing. Find out more about the numerous manufacturing possibilities using  SLM® technology  in the Energy industry below.


A Game-Changing Collaboration Redefining Pump Impellers

Machine: SLM®280
Material: IN718
Layer Thickness: 60 µm
Weight: 4 KG

The joint efforts of Eureka, Nikon SLM Solutions, and Interspectral have undeniably set new benchmarks in the realm of Pump Impeller design and production. This collaboration not only showcases the endless possibilities of additive manufacturing but also solidifies the importance of strategic partnerships in pushing technological boundaries.


Case Study

Transforming Valve Manufacturing

Machine: SLM®500
Material: 316L
Layer Thickness: 60 µm
Build Time: 97 HR

Faced with the challenges of traditional manufacturing methods, Valland Spa embarked on redesigning the manifold component. The objectives were clear: maximize stiffness, reduce weight, optimize topology, cut down on production lead time, and ensure component customization.


SLM® Material for Energy Applications

Nikon SLM Solutions sells appropriate powder and parameter sets for the most common powders in the energy industry:

  • Ni-Based Alloys: IN625, HX, IN718, IN939
  • Fe-Based Alloys: 316L (1.4404)  
  • Cu-Based Alloys: CuSn10


More SLM® Materials

Selective Laser Melting Solutions for Energy Applications

  • Stator Vanes

    AM is a smarter and cost competitive alternative to investment casting of stator vanes. The combination of conformal cooling channels and high temperature resistant superalloys increases stator vane operating temperature and therefore increases efficiency and emission reduction.

  • Fuel Nozzles

    Additive Manufacturing is enabling the next generation of combustion through the use of internal channels where fluids can mix for better homogeneity. This enables higher performance and lower emission which is also key to increase H2 content in hydrogen-fueled turbines.

  • Rotoric Blades

    Selective Laser Melting provides benefits in the prototyping of rotor blades, allowing quick and economically viabile testing of different design solutions.

Quality Standards for Energy Industry

We are experts when it comes to qualifying metal parts on our machines, and we are ready to help you each stage of the process. Nikon SLM Solutions supports energy projects with relevant documentation, certificates, pFMEAs, parameters, powders, and more. Allow us to share our knowledge with you to boost your metal additive manufacturing production, contact us today! 

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