AUDI AG: The Gießen-based Department for Technical Development has opted for SLM Solutions' additive manufacturing technology
Latest technologies secure competitive edge
Audi AG's Gießen-based Department for Technical Development has decided to buy plant engineering from SLM. After an extensive and detailed exchange of information the Audi corporation, represented by Kay Sauber, Head of the Department for Technical Development in Gießen, signed the contract to purchase an SLM®280HL in Lübeck. This machine represents the entire laser melting process. The SLM®280HL is the ideal "all-purpose system" for both R+D divisions as well as for production processes using SLM procedures. The SLM®280HL meets the customers' demands for compact, quality- and cost-optimised solutions.
The Department for Technical Development in Gießen concentrates on the further development and testing of both new casting technologies and light alloys for the entire pressure-casting process chain for the components body, chassis and transmissions. Within the Audi AG, this department is responsible for the supervision and support with regard to casting technologies of both in-house and purchased parts for the body, chassis and transmission components portfolio. The company-own casting technology center processes aluminium and magnesium casting alloys – from pre-development to prototypes, and finally to in-house batch production in three-shift operation. An essential part of the constant further development is the strict focus on materials, technology and process parameters of additive manufacturing.
With the purchase of the SLM®280HL, the Department for Technical Development in Gießen integrates SLM Solutions' additive manufacturing technology into their own development and production processes. The focus is on aluminium materials. The actual serial-component development for the optimum lightweight-design AUDI ultra proceeds in close cooperation with the Department for Technical Development. The final goal is the efficient production of topology and process optimised products in small batches and thus to maximise the Vorsprung durch Technik.
SLM Solutions Group AG
SLM Solutions Group AG, headquartered in Luebeck, Germany, is a leading provider of metal-based additive manufacturing technology (also commonly referred to as "3D printing"). The company's shares are traded on the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. SLM Solutions focuses on the development, assembly and sales of machines and integrated system solutions in the field of selective laser melting. SLM Solutions currently employs over 280 members of staff in Germany, the USA, Singapore, Russia and China. The products are utilised worldwide by customers in particular from the aerospace, energy, healthcare and automotive industries. SLM Solutions stands for technologically advanced, innovative and highly efficient integrated system solutions.
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