As the flagship additive manufacturing system for high volume metal additive manufacturing, the SLM 500 is built to ensure operator safety and lower overall operational costs. Likewise, the integrated SLM Build Processor and open software architecture offer the freedom of controlling system parameters to optimize and meet strict production needs. Featuring a 500 x 280 x 365 mm (19.7 x 11 x 14 in) build chamber and configurable with two or four overlapping lasers with power ratings from 800 to a full 2800 Watts, the SLM 500 offers a system tailored to best meet your specific industrial metal 3D printing requirements. Quad laser optics can increase build rates by 90% over twin laser configurations. Gas flow is essential to removing soot from the process chamber, especially for long-duration builds and the optimized gas flow on all systems produces complex components with the highest density and top surface quality.
The SLM 500’s patented closed-loop transport of metal powder increases operator safety and eliminates time-consuming manual fills and powder handling. To further reduce ancillary times, the automatic powder sieving procedure does not interfere with the parallel-running build process. The finished build cylinder is transported out of the system. Cooling and removal of excess powder takes place inside the part removal station (PRS), so that the next build process can begin immediately. Comprehensive process monitoring modules are available to ensure transparency and traceability.