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and the Start-up Area, platforms that enabled startups to introduce themselves to the international AM community as well as to potential investors.
And, the transatlantic AM Standards Forum, taking place for the second time at formnext 2019, further advanced the development of crucial uniform norms and standards for AM.
Here’s some of what 3D Metal Printing saw at formnext. Look for more in future issues of 3DMP, in the AM Software Roundup article and in the online version of this article at next-19. Formnext 2020 takes place November 10-13 in Frankfurt.
Sintavia Launches Green Group
Sintavia, LLC, a manufacturer of metal 3D printed aerospace and defense parts, announced launch of the Additive Manu- facturer Green Trade Association (AMGTA,, a noncommercial, unaf- filiated organization open to any additive manufacturer that meets certain criteria relating to production sustainability.
“Very often in AM we focus on the cost and time benefits of the technology, and do not equally consider the very real envi- ronmental benefits of AM over traditional manufacturing,” says Sintavia CEO Brian Neff. “AMGTA’s purpose will be to raise awareness of these benefits within end- market segments, to accelerate the adop- tion rate of the technology.”
It is expected that the organization will begin operations in full by the second quarter of 2020.
To qualify for AMGTA membership, a company must have generated the major- ity of its manufacturing revenue through AM over the most recent fiscal year; have adopted proactive internal policies relat- ing to waste reduction and operational sustainability; be a member of the Green Business Bureau or another similar cer- tifying agency; and be willing to actively participate in the advancement and non- commercial promotion of the environ- mental benefits of AM within end markets and with the general public as a whole. Sintavia, LLC:
New Quad-Laser AM Machine Headed to BeamIt
Debuting at form-
next, the SLM 500 pro-
duction series from SLM
Solutions features inno-
vative gas-flow technol-
ogy and a quad-700-W
laser array, with the
company announcing
that AM supplier BeamIt
has purchased a quad-
laser AM system. This
follows acquisitions ear-
lier this year of another
twin-laser SLM 280 sys-
tem, bringing to eight
the number of SLM Solutions machines in the BeamIt stable. The purchase assists BeamIt as it works to develop high-speed build parameters for special aluminum alloys.
Holding a number of quality certifications, including ISO 9100 for aerospace, energy and automotive, BeamIt will use its newest selective laser melting machine to further expand into the motorsport and automotive market. To target these segments, the company plans to use the open-parameter access of the SLM 500 to develop custom, high-speed build parameters for Al2024X and Al6061.
“This summer we announced that Sandvik acquired a stake in BeamIt due to our expertise in metal AM, and our partnership with SLM Solutions allows us to further leverage that expertise,” says Mauro Antolotti, BeamIt chair and founder. “With the advanced material knowledge of Sandvik and the parameter freedom of the SLM Solutions machines, we plan to develop top-quality parameters targeting the specific needs of our high-performance automotive and racing customers.”
Says Meddah Hadjar, CEO of SLM Solutions, “BeamIt purchased two selective laser systems earlier this year to develop parameters for nickel-based alloys, and we are confident that the company will have an equal amount of success in advancing aluminum parameters for the industry on its newest SLM 500.”
SLM Solutions:
HP Expands Digital Manufacturing Network, Displays Progress with Metal Jet
 SLM Solutions showcased the handiwork of its SLM 500 quad-laser machine, including these automotive steering knuckles. Build time for each part: 2 days, 7 hr. and 23 min., and produced from AlSi10Mg powder in a layer thickness of 60 microns.
HP Inc. announced expansion of the HP Digital Manufacturing Network with new part- ners Prototal in Europe and Solize in Japan. The network includes a worldwide community of digital manufacturing service providers with capability for high-quality, high-volume HP Metal Jet and Multi Jet Fusion part pro- duction, according to company officials.
The expansion enables improved access to the distributed network of metal- and plastic-part providers, reportedly allowing users to scale up parts production quickly, whenever and wherever needed.
Also, via the HP Metal Jet system, GKN Powder Metallurgy and HP have supplied
Via the HP Metal Jet system, GKN Powder Metallurgy and HP have supplied 10,000 2-in.-long models of Volkswagen's ID.3 electric vehicle to VW, to be used in marketing efforts.

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