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SLM Solutions Provides AM Expertise to Standardization Project

Monday, April 15, 2019
 


Figs. 1-2: Using pilot parts such as the pump-impeller shown here and manufactured on the SLM 280 Selective Laser Melting Machine, the guideline is tested for practical application.
SLM Solutions, a Germany-based provider of additive manufacturing solutions and 15 other companies are collaborating to develop a guideline and economic model for the manufacturing of qualified, functional metal AM spare parts for the oil, gas and maritime industries.

The practical guideline, to be made available by June 2019, will provide a framework to ensure that metal parts produced via selective laser melting and wire-arc AM are according to oil, gas and maritime industry specifications.

"Our aim is to make the SLM technology better known in the industry and to increase its application through uniform standards," says Giulio Canegallo, director of business development energy at SLM.

In addition to SLM, participating companies include: Equinor, BP, Total, Kongsberg, OCAS, Ivaldi Group, TechnipFMC, Siemens, Voestalpine, Vallourec, Aidro, Additive Industries, Quintus, HIPtec and the Advanced Forming Research Centre of the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.

Up to five pilot parts will be produced for the project to ensure all necessary steps for repeatable, quality production. One example: a pump impeller that SLM Solutions manufactures for Equinor on the SLM280 [Figs. 1-2]. Findings from these case studies will be implemented in the final version of the guideline.

Also, to be released in June 2019, a comprehensive and fully functional business tool that will help determine the bottom-line impact of 3D printing spare parts compared to traditional manufacturing methods.

 


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