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Great Support for Automotive Manufacturing

Through the support of the SLM Solutions there are manufactured specific components with the SLM® process. Because of undercuts, radii or hollow chambers, these components can´t be manufactured by conventional methods. By the SLM process, the calipers and wheel were optimized. The caliper needs only a connection to the brake circuit, resulting in better distribution of brake pressure being built on the four existing brake piston. Furthermore, the venting of the circuit is greatly facilitated by the special shape.

The wheel carrier is due to cavities very easily. It was estimated only in the field of material forces to give very short and direct force paths. In addition, the wheel was designed so that the initiation of the steering forces makes no additional screws necessary.

Let’s see Blade, the world’s first 3D-printed production supercar, was printed by the world’s fastest 3D metal printer from SLM Solutions:

Tire mould seg­ments man­u­fac­tur­ing by SLM-Tech­nol­ogy

Fast, ac­cu­rate and in­ex­pen­sive tire mould pro­duc­tion.


SLM So­lu­tions is proud to “drive & lead” the tire world in a new gen­er­a­tion, by using the SLM® tech­nol­ogy for tire moulds.

The Se­lec­tive Laser Melt­ing tech­nol­ogy (SLM) en­ables the pro­duc­tion of new tire tread mould seg­ments in shorter time, less ex­pen­sive and using three-di­men­sional geome­tries for pro­to­type and mass pro­duc­tion tools.

Due to the layer by layer process using fine metal pow­der which is melted with a 400 W or 1000 W laser or with our multi laser tech­nol­ogy up to 4x 400 W in the SLM 500, the SLM® tech­nol­ogy allow tire mak­ers to cre­ate new, more in­tri­cate tread de­signs with fine small gaps or even three-di­men­sional and in­ter­nal un­der­cut struc­ture de­sign for the next gen­er­a­tion of tire pro­files. With the quad laser tech­nol­ogy 4x 400 W in com­bi­na­tion with our patented bi-di­rec­tional re­coat­ing sys­tem, SLM So­lu­tions in­creases the build-up rate up to 90% com­pared with the twin con­fig­u­ra­tion (2x 400 W).

Tire man­u­fac­tur­ers are turn­ing to the SLM 280 or SLM 500 ma­chine se­ries to bal­ance im­proved trac­tion on wet sur­faces ver­sus sta­bil­ity on dry sur­faces with op­ti­mized slits on a tire tread, known as tire blades

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