Today an M290 arrived to add to our M280 and 7 M270s, M400 and unique M400/4. We needed it to support our customers with M290s – and benchmark the processes and reliability against our M270 which have faithfully served us since 2006.
Fresh out of the EOS M400- a 400mm diameter “combustor can” (of our own design). Still on the baseplate and not yet de-powdered. You can see the support structures underneath.
This is build in a nickel superalloy- and for the sake of Google I’ll add that this process is sometimes called DMLS, or SLM or laser powder bed additive manufacturing.
August 26th 2015 Materials Solutions Limited, Worcester UK- is pleased to announce a strategic investment from the Venture Capital Unit of Siemens (SVC).
Announcing the investment, Materials Solutions founder and CEO Carl Brancher said; “I am extremely pleased that SVC has chosen to invest in Materials Solutions. I believe this investment validates Materials Solutions as the global technology leader in Additive Manufacturing of nickel superalloys.”
Carl continued; “since starting up in 2006, Materials Solutions has developed high performance materials and manufacturing processes for laser powder bed Additive Manufacturing particularly targeting gas turbine applications. Our capabilities in Additive Manufacturing reduce development time and improve new product performance for our customers.”
“There are now strong signs that Additive Manufacturing will move into mainstream production for land and aero gas turbine components”, said Ralf Schnell, CEO of the Venture Capital Unit of Siemens. “Materials Solutions are outstanding in capability and experience and we will support their expansion.”
„My team and I are very excited about the huge benefit for Siemens’ Additive Manufacturing Industrialization Strategy resulting from this strategic collaboration”, said Andreas Fischer-Ludwig, Director Manufacturing Development & Industrialization, for Siemens Large Gas Turbines, Generators Business Unit.
„We know the people at Materials Solutions well and they provide strong support for the introduction of Additive Manufacturing into our large gas turbines and distributed power generation products”, added Markus Seibold, head of Enabling Manufacturing Technologies at Siemens Large Gas Turbines, Generators Business Unit.
About Materials Solutions
Materials Solutions a specialist in Additive Manufacturing of high performance nickel superalloy components for gas turbines (land based and aero engines), specialist steels and titanium components for aero systems and auto sports. Materials Solutions is one of the largest commercially available metals Additive Manufacturing centres worldwide and has a global customer base, is AS9100 (aerospace) approved and has multiple customer approvals for the supply of Additive Manufactured parts. For more details please see www.materialssolutions.co.uk or contact info (at) materialssolutions.co.uk
About Additive Manufacturing
Additive Manufacturing is the building of components by adding material layer by layer. A 3D model is sliced and each slice is turned into a physical layer of the part. The completed part is thereby formed of multiple layers. These layers may be formed by a number of different methods- such as UV curing a liquid polymer, extruding a polymer filament or electron beam or laser melting a powder.
About the Venture Capital Unit of Siemens
As part of Financial Services, the Venture Capital Unit of Siemens is the corporate venture capital organization of the company and invests in early stage technology companies and established technology growth companies, focusing on the energy, healthcare, industry, and infrastructure & cities markets and hence plays a key role in Siemens’ global innovation network. The aim is to identify innovative solutions from which Siemens and its customers can profit and to strengthen business partnerships with innovative industry players. Since 1999 the company has invested in about 180 start-up companies worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.siemens.com/venturecapital
August 24th 2015- Materials Solutions is pleased to announce their second EOS M400 arrived from Germany and is being installed today.
CEO and founder Carl Brancher commented; “Materials Solutions continues to expand its capability for metals Additive Manufacturing with a strong focus on high performance high temperature alloys, particularly for land and aero gas turbine applications.”
We’ve very pleased to announce that Materials Solutions has been approved by AgustaWestland. This adds to our long list of approvals, including Rolls-Royce Plc., Rolls-Royce Nuclear Sector, Rolls-Royce Deutschland, SNECMA, Sumitomo Precision Products and others we cannot name for reasons of customer confidentiality.
To demonstrate the capabilities of the EOS M400 we designed a representative aero gas turbine combustion chamber and built it at 400mm dia. This part was on display at the 2014 Farnborough Air Show
Materials Solutions is pleased to announce that it has the first installation of an EOS M400 currently being commissioned in their newly expanded factory.
Managing Director Carl Brancher said, “Materials Solutions started up with one EOS M270 in September 2006. We built a business based on materials development and the manufacture of high performance parts using DMLS (aka SLM or metals 3D Printing) and now have six M270 and an M280. ”
Carl continued, “But we needed a bigger machine to enable us to build completely new classes of products – such as autosports and aero structures in titanium- that are too big for the M270/280. We will also be transfering our processes for a broad range of high performance alloys including nickel superalloys and duplex stainless steels.