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SLM Solutions SLM 500 HL 3D Printer

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SLM 500 HL is the fastest and most compact 3D printing machine in the market. The 3D printer uses Selective Laser Melting technology that consists of melting and fusing of metallic powders with a powerful laser beam. The SLM 500 HL is designed especially for the production of medium-sized components with a higher amount of accuracy and surface quality. Being the most updated and recent versions of a 3D printer made by SLM, this printer comes with quad laser optics. 

This is great for boosting the build speed to 90% compared to the print speed of twin laser optics that were used in its predecessors. SLM 500 HL can be configured depending on the need between two or four lasers overlapping because it has power ranging from 800 watts to 2800 watts. The variability in printing can of this machine be seen because one can not only print bionic design structures, but also topology optimization. This means that the 3D printer uses a mathematical method, by which one can limit the accumulation of material in certain parts as needed for strength for weight management of the parts. Because of these features, SLM 500 HL is has become a highly demanded machine in the aerospace industry. 

SLM makes use of Magic AutoFab software to work with CAD designs and .stl files. This software offers ease of usage and is user-friendly. One can also utilize this software for slicing the design as well as for the generation of support for the parts. In a nutshell, SLM 500 HL is such a 3D printer that you can choose if you love to work with SLM technology. If you wish to have profound quality 3D printing at a reasonable price, SLM can be your go-to. 

Specification: SLM Solutions SLM 500 HL 3D Printer

Model

SLM 500 HL

Manufacturer

SLM Solutions

Price Range

> $ 250000

Release date

2015

Country

Germany

Availability

Available

Classification

Industrial

Technology

Powder (SLS- SLM…)

Material

Metal

OS compatibility

Microsoft Windows

XY accuracy

0.15 mm 0.006 in

Max. build size

500 × 280 × 325 mm 19.69 × 11.02 × 12.8 in

Max. build volume

45.50 L

Min. layer thickness

0.02 mm 0.001 in

Dimensions

3000 × 2000 × 1100 mm 118.11 × 78.74 × 43.31 in

Weight

2000 kg 4409.25 lb

Power input

32A @ 400V | 50-60Hz

Heated print bed

No

Heated build chamber

No

Automatic calibration

No

Closed frame

Yes

Dual extruder

No

Independent Dual Extruder

No

Full color

No

LCD screen

Yes

Touchscreen

No

On-board camera

No

Mobile app

No

3D scanners

No

CNC mill

No

Electronics 3D printing

No

Laser engraving

No

Conveyor belt

No

Air filter

No

Pellet extruder

No

USB

No

Wifi

No

Bluetooth

No

SD card

No

Ethernet

Yes

Videos: SLM Solutions SLM 500 HL 3D Printer

Expert Score 8.5
Affordability
3
Quality
9.6
Speed
8
Capability
10
Practicality
6
User Expectations
9
PROS:
  • Inclusion of twin 400W or 700W fibre lasers
  • Usage of quad overlapping laser processing
  • Closed-loop handling of powder material
  • Access for Integrating lasers independently as well as in parallel
  • Reduced production cost for high volume metal parts. At the same time-saving material
  • Improved gas flow and recirculation
  • Enhanced Print Speed
  • Open software architecture and customizable system parameters
CONS:
  • Leftover powder overbuild platform after 3D printing
  • Limited for medium-sized parts printing
  • Post-processing required for support removal
  • Not feasible for individual or company usage
SLM Solutions SLM 500 HL 3D Printer
SLM Solutions SLM 500 HL 3D Printer
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