World’s Largest SLM 3D Printing Facility Opens at Germany’s Aachen University

Published by , June 16, 2017 11:59 am

(3Ders.org) The Aachen University of Applied Sciences and the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT have opened the world’s largest selective laser melting (SLM) 3D printing facility, located in the new Digital Photonic Production industry building on the RWTH Aachen campus. The SLM-XL project will have two main goals: to accelerate the production of large-volume functional prototypes (for the automotive industry, for instance) in order to shorten the development processes, and to 3D print large-volume tools that are adapted to provide custom functions.
“The Aachen Center for 3D Printing is relying on teamwork to conduct the three-year SLM-XL research project,” Fraunhofer ILT explains. “Local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as well as renowned additive manufacturing companies are collaborating with experts from the University of Aachen and Fraunhofer ILT to achieve important goals.”

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