SLM Solutions 3D printing outlook continues to boom after turning down GE’s advances

Published 16 November 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, 3d printing, manufacturing, additive manufacturing, china, slm solutions

An envisioned set-up of multiple SLM Solutions SLM 800 3D printers for mass production

While GE Additive made a big splash at 3D printing trade show Formnext, unveiling a first look at its additive manufacturing future, SLM Solutions, which turned down a reported $745M takeover from GE, was showing further evidence as to why it was set on going it alone.

On the first day of the event the German company picked up an order from an Asian energy firm for ‘at least €37M’ for 20 SLM 800 3D printers, following on from a similar order in recent months.

While we don’t usually post comment on such machine sales, it offers an interesting look at the expanded growth of an industry and the confidence within the sector - and the knock on effect this adoption will have for design and engineering tools.

Since its IPO in 2014, SLM Solutions has pursued the objective of gaining a firm foothold in Asia, with subsidiaries across Singapore, China and India and with further branches promised next year.

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