Beam-IT and SLM Solutions strengthen cooperation

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Beam-IT, an Italian additive manufacturing (AM) service bureau, and metal AM firm SLM Solutions, have signed an agreement to deepen their long term cooperation.

As a result, Beam-IT has expanded its product portfolio with two new selective laser melting (SLM) machines from SLM Solutions, which will be used both for production and for developing new parameters. The companies will also exchange knowledge regarding new research results and parameter development.

Beam-IT, which operates internationally and has multiple AM machine fleets in Europe, has consolidated partnerships, companies and research institutions across multiple industries. The company has now expanded its equipment portfolio to include an additional SLM280 machine with twin lasers, and a quad laser SLM500 machine, bringing its total of SLM machines to seven.

‘We are pleased to announce our cooperation agreement with SLM Solutions and the two additional machines,’ said Michele Antolotti, general manager of Beam-IT. ‘We regularly produce high-quality parts for our customers using SLM because the technology works efficiently, quickly and, above all, safely. With the expanded capacity of our new multi-laser systems we can also increase our productivity and react to the increased interest in SLMtechnology from our customers.’

In a joint venture project Beam-IT and SLM Solutions will work on further material parameters for the nickel-based alloys IN939 and IN718, focusing on certain material properties. Targeted parameter sets are necessary to achieve optimal results during the SLM process, and Beam-IT’s technical experience as a metal AM user will allow it to develop unique parameters with high-quality characteristics. The knowledge-sharing between the two companies during this process will be mutually beneficial in creating a shorter timeframe for parameter testing.

Kamer Geyisi, sales manager at SLM Solutions, is looking forward to a successful cooperation: ‘Beam-IT has a high technical expertise and is working with the SLM technology every day. As a partner to our customers throughout the entire AM process chain, SLM Solutions is pleased to share our knowledge with Beam-IT and believe that we will also benefit from their experience with the technology. This partnership approach benefits both our companies, but will also help advance implementation of the technology throughout the entire market.’

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