SLM Solutions Outfits MacLean Additive with Machine for Serial Production

The investment will scale up additive manufacturing capabilities using MacLean’s Formetrix L-40 powder.

The investment will scale up additive manufacturing capabilities using MacLean’s Formetrix L-40 powder.

SLM Solutions and MacLean Additive jointly announce the purchase by MacLean Additive of a SLM 280 3.0 Production Series system. MacLean Additive is a start-up division of MacLean Fogg Component Solutions, a large automotive suppliers in North America. MacLean Additive is the home of the Formetrix L-40 steel powder, an engineered, performance steel alloy designed to provide users with a combination of hardness, ductility, toughness and 3D printability.

Durable tooling manufactured with Formetrix L-40 powder have been serially produced via SLM Solutions machines and are deployed across multiple industries and processes. A key pillar of SLM Solutions is the ability for an open-architecture system that enables Tier 1 experts like MacLean Additive to supply their customers with their material properties. This installed SLM machine will be used to produce hundreds of identified Formetrix L-40 3D- tools annually.

“Some of the most innovative use cases for Formetrix L-40 powder were developed and printed using SLM machines. This proven performance made SLM machines the perfect fit for our initial production product lines,” says Greg Rizzo, vice president and general manager of MacLean Additive.

“We’re excited to partner with MacLean Additive on the industrialization and growth of their 3D metal printing product lines,” says Sam O’Leary, CEO of SLM Solutions. “Success with another innovative powder like Formetrix L-40 tool steel adds to the already impressive list of materials validated and proven on SLM machines. We look forward to the mutual growth of Formetrix L-40 powder usage and the rapid adoption of SLM Solutions’ technology.” 

The machine will be delivered to one of MacLean Additive’s design and manufacturing centers in the Detroit metropolitan area.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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