NXG XII 600E 1.5-meter z-axis metal printer receives first order
SLM Solutions’ new NXG XII 600E, based on the 12-laser NXG XII 600 platform and featuring an extended build envelope of 1.5M in the Z axis, has received its first order from Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC), the prime contractor for a US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) project. The AFRL funded this work to leverage additive manufacturing for advanced DoD applications. Customers who have already installed the NXG XII 600 or are about to install customers can take advantage of its expandable architecture and have the ability to upgrade their system to unlock the benefits of the extended Z build envelope. The NXG XII 600E is scheduled for delivery in 2023.
“We are delighted to continue our long-term partnership with SLM,” said Edward J. Sheehan, Jr., President and CEO of CTC. “SLM is clearly a leader in the field of additive manufacturing equipment, and we look forward to collaborating and expanding the possibilities of additive manufacturing for defense applications in this exciting opportunity in support of mission critical AFRL requirements. .”
The industrialization of the metal additive is progressing rapidly because the NXG XII 600 has revolutionized the market. Customers are demanding larger metal parts at lightning speed. Mass production of complex geometries can now be achieved in hours or days rather than weeks and months with the most productive 12 1kW laser solution producing up to 1000 cm/h. The NXG XII 600E also features the largest build envelope in the industry that outstrips its closest competitor by 90% thanks to 50% more z-height.
Sam O’Leary, CEO of SLM Solutions, added: “These partnerships demonstrate the philosophy of SLM Solutions; only in close collaboration with them can we push the boundaries of innovation. To take a market leader like the NXG XII 600 as a model, extend the envelope to 1.5m, coupled with the accuracy and reliability of our systems, and our hands-on support enables our customer to grow with agility – almost at the Mach-speed for which we design this system to build parts. He added, “We are especially excited to team up with CTC, a highly regarded, leading research and development organization with an exceptional track record of securing technology transition successes.
The NXG XII 600E is designed as the most advanced production system on the market today. The solution features an end-to-end production workflow, including external cooling unpacking to maximize machine uptime, enabling turnaround from job to job in less than an hour compared to the “days” reported on competing technology. Additionally, the NXG platform features an open SLM architecture allowing maximum flexibility to tailor process parameters to optimize application results with maximum productivity using 90 µm layer thickness and beyond in commonly qualified materials that can be processed including IN718, AlSi10Mg, TiAl6V4 and copper alloys. Supportless printing with Free Float capability provides maximum design freedom and reduces the need for support structures and post-processing time by up to 90%. SLM. Quality performs efficient and robust quality assurance with documentation, process qualification and part certification with the ability to generate a “2-click” quality report, fully document process data and validate part quality.
Driving the development of this innovative new system was the customer’s need to produce larger components made from high temperature materials that can withstand the extreme performance demands in the defense, space and military industries. ‘aviation. The NXG XII 600 is the epitome of a production system in that it is 20 times faster than a single-laser system and 5 times faster than a quad-laser system, resulting in the lowest cost lowest possible for automotive and energy end-use parts in addition to the above.