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SLM Solutions SLM 500 HL

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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

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

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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
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