Morf3D to Boost Serial-Production Capabilities with New SLM Solutions Multi-Laser MachinesSeptember 14, 2021
At RAPID + TCT…SLM Solutions announced that the new 90,000-sq-ft. Applied Digital Manufacturing Center (ADMC) at Morf3D in Long Beach, CA, will take delivery in 2022 of two SLM 500 systems as well as an NXG XII 600 with its 12 1-kW lasers. This buy is expected to aid in Morf3D’s efforts to facilitate additive manufacturing (AM) serial production for the aerospace industry.
With its ADMC, Morf3D, a subsidiary of Nikon Corp., seeks to leverage partner networks to transform supply-chain norms and develop the industry’s first certified production system to accelerate the industrialization of digital manufacturing, according to Morf3D officials. The addition of the two SLM 500s and the NXG XII 600 will support Morf3D’s goal of ramping up a global production setup while improving production lead time, order flexibility, cost efficiency, quality and repeatability.
“The NXG XII 600 platform is an engineering marvel that addresses many aspects of a production-ready system,” says Ivan Madera, CEO of Morf3D, “and the ADMC will enable new industry partnerships, significantly scaling AM to new heights. Our goal is to accelerate the qualification process by collaborating on new-application development and part certification within the aerospace, space and defense market.”
Along with machine supply, SLM Solutions also will offer onsite support in the form of education, training and consulting. All of ADMC’s R&D partners will work jointly to drive innovations and deploy novel methods of aerospace engineering in order to increase productivity and automation, according to Morf3D officials, with all partners also having access to collective training, meeting and gathering spaces for customer events and business-development efforts.
The NXG XII 600’s 12 lasers position provide the speed needed for use in serial production for high-volume applications as well as for printing large parts. It reportedly is capable of printing at speeds 20 times faster than that of a single-laser system and five times faster than a four-laser machine.
“Adding the NXG Xll 600 to Morf3D’s SLM Solutions’ machines at the ADMC bolsters the collective digital-manufacturing ecosystem, helping to improve production speed, quality and automation,” says Sam O’Leary, CEO of SLM Solutions.
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