SLM Solutions has scooped an award for outstanding innovation from the German trade journal MM Maschinenemarkt.
The Lubeck-based company produces Selective Laser Melting systems and is a global leader in the metal-based additive manufacturing business. In February, trade journal MM Maschinenmarkt honoured the company in its Trend Topics section at its annual gala at the Wurzburg Vogel Convention Centre.
200 guests, including the leading lights of the industry, turned out for the prestigious awards ceremony. The business respects the awards because they are far more than an annual handout and a party.
Judges from the journal carefully analyse the companies involved and judge the contribution they have made to the industry, the environment and society as a whole. Then they open up the voting to the readers and this year more than 10,000 votes counted towards the final result.
It meant a lot to Hans Joachim Ihde, chairman of the Board of the SLM Solutions Group AG. He said: “The entire SLM Solutions team is very happy. The award confirms our efforts to go beyond the mere development of highly innovative machines and systems. In cooperation with our employees and partners we create solutions for our customers; solutions that are now possible through the new SLM technology. However, during the entire creative process we always keep the holistic view of the processes in mind.
“We combine the industry and application expertise about the processes with the knowhow about the innovative SLM technology, thus creating solutions that were inconceivable until recently.
“We consider ourselves trendsetters and drivers in the sector of manufacturing technology for many diverse industries, ranging from automotive and engineering to medical and aerospace. With future-oriented solutions, we simultaneously strengthen Germany as a production location.”
SLM Solutions will continue to help drive 3D printing forward in Germany, together with the likes of EOS and the Fraunhofer Institute. It is definitely a pioneer in Selective Laser Melting and released the first double laser system and then followed it up with a quadruple laser system.
Last year it opened a demonstration centre to show the potential of 3D printing to potential clients and the general public, which has further cemented its reputation at the helm of the German additive manufacturing industry.