SLM® 500

The first quad-laser metal system on the market, SLM® 500 can integrate lasers independently or in parallel to increase build rates by 90% over twin laser configurations.

SLM 500 machine
  • 500 x 280 x 365 mm build envelope
  • Multi-laser (twin or quad)
  • Dedicated material 
  • Automated powder handling
  • Turnkey system includes part removal station

The best performing, most efficient system in its class, the SLM®500 is designed to ensure operator safety and lower overall operational costs. Machine operator and powder are separated through a closed-loop powder handling strategy that includes an automated powder sieve and supply. Designed for serial production, exchangeable build cylinder enables shortest possible fire to fire times reducing downtimes of the machine to a minimum. The patented multi-laser overlap strategy ensures consistent material quality.

40% material savings compared to conventional forged part

Machine: SLM®500 Quad
Material: AlSi10Mg
Layer Thickness: 60 µm
Build Time: 2d 7h 23m (Maximised Build Chamber, 1 Unit)

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Optimised for faster multi-laser, cost efficient builds

The SLM®500 is available with two or four lasers operating independently or in parallel. A laser overlap strategy ensures efficient processing.

The Part Removal Station (PRS) reduces machine downtime by allowing one completed job to be unpacked while the next can begin on the machine. Build cylinders with completed jobs are transported out of the SLM®500 for cooling and powder removal in an inert atmosphere. A vacuum hose, located directly in the PRS chamber, feeds unused powder directly back to the PSV for sieving and use in the next production build.

Technical Specifications

Build Envelope (L x W x H): 500 x 280 x 365 mm | 19.7 x 11 x 14 in (reduced by substrate plate thickness)
3D Optics Configuration: Twin (2x 400 W or 2x 700 W) IPG fiber laser | Quad (4x 400 W or 4x 700 W) IPG fiber laser
Build Rate: up to 171 cm³/h
Variable Layer Thickness: 20 µm - 90 µm, more available on request
Minimum Feature Size: 150 µm
Beam Focus Diameter: 80 µm - 115 µm
Maximum Scan Speed: 10 m/s
Average Inert Gas Consumption Process: 16 l/min (argon)
Average Inert Gas Consumption Purging: 250 l/min (argon)
E-Connection / Power Input: 400 Volt 3NPE, 64 A, 50/60 Hz, 8-10 kW
Compressed Air Requirement / Consumption: ISO 8573-1:2010 [1:4:1], 6 bar
Dimensions (L x W x H): 5200 mm x 2800 mm x 2700 mm
Dimensions (L x W x H): 6080 mm x 2530 mm x 2620 mm (incl. PSV & PRS)
Weight: 2400 kg excl. powder

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