As a strategic partner of SLM Solutions in the advancement of the selective laser melting technology, Rosswag Engineering also qualifies new alloy powders and parameters by combining the capabilities of their simulation software package, powder atomizer and three SLM®280 machines. With the ability to quickly produce special metal powders, simulate build results, print tests using SLM’s material development module, then post-process and inspect builds in-house, the time to market cycle for new materials is reduced from months to weeks.
Using the Material Development Module from SLM Solutions, Rosswag duplicates part positioning and uses rule-based parameter variation for an automated and systematic analysis of parameter sets. After completing the qualification process, comprehensive data for production, including metal powder characteristics, process parameters, mechanical values and chemical and metallurgical material properties are available.
“At Rosswag Engineering our goal isn’t only to provide our customers with quality products built on metal additive manufacturing machines, rather to help the technology gain acceptance and expand,” stated Gregor Graf, Head of Engineering at Rosswag. “By adding a third selective laser melting system we are able to increase our production capacities and gain more flexibility for demanding material and part qualification processes.”
Hendrik Schonefeld, Head of Sales EMEA at SLM Solutions said, “Our partnership with Rosswag allows us to help customers develop small-batch and exotic alloys to meet their unique needs. SLM Solutions is focused on production applications, and our machines reflect this, however many customers need quick parameter development to prove their process before they get to that step, and the experts at Rosswag allow us to meet their needs as well, creating a full-service selective laser melting partnership for all types of customers.”
So successful is the process developed by the experts at Rosswag that the company was recently the first company certified as metal powder manufacturer by TÜV SÜD Industrie Service GmbH through their audit based on the AD 2000 Code for pressure equipment and the European Pressure Equipment Directive (PED).
About SLM Solutions
SLM Solutions is an integrated solutions provider and metal additive manufacturing partner. The company takes a vested interest in customers’ long-term success with metal additive manufacturing. Robust Selective Laser Melting® machines optimize fast, reliable and cost-efficient part production and SLM Solutions’ experts work with customers at each stage of the process to provide support and knowledge-sharing that elevate use of the technology and ensure their return on investment is maximized. A publicly traded company, SLM Solutions Group AG is headquartered in Germany with offices in France, Italy, the United States, Singapore, Russia, India and China.