October 17, 2017

Potentials of the Powder Based AM Process SLM

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Additive manufacturing methods, like Selective Laser Melting (SLM), can be a main driver for producing individualized products for nearly the same costs as mass produced products. The basic principle of Additive Manufacturing is to manufacture a part layer-by-layer, utilizing e.g. metal powder. Hereby, a three-dimensional manufacturing task can be reduced to two dimensions, so that the manufacturing costs do not depend upon the geometric complexity, but rather only upon the volume of the component to be built. This way, SLM provides a range of systematic advantages when it is compared to conventional manufacturing processes such as primary shaping or machining, like the opportunity of light weight construction, mass individualization or quick Time-to-market reaction.

The seminar “Potentials of the powder based AM process Selective Laser Melting (SLM)” contains an overview of the process and the processable materials, main application, (economically and technological) potential of the technology as well as the freedom for the component design.

The seminar will be held by experts from Fraunhofer ILT, which has long-term experience in Selective Laser Melting.

A seminar for:

Professionals and managers of technology oriented companies, particularly in the field of research and development, plant management, technology management and corporate development.


Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dipl.Wirt.-Ing. Johannes Henrich Schleifenbaum, DAP – RWTH Aachen
Sebastian Bremen, Fraunhofer ILT
Daniel Heußen, Fraunhofer ILT
Stephan Ziegler, Fraunhofer ILT


To inquire after this seminar to be held in English please contact us.

9.00    Welcome and short introduction of ACAM

9.30    Introduction to the powder based Additive Manufacturing (AM) process Selective Laser Melting (SLM)
–    Basics and process principles
–    Processability of materials
–    Application

11.15    Coffee break

11.30    Potentials of Selective Laser Melting (SLM)
–    Functional design
–    Manufacturing
–    Business

12.30    Lunch break

13.30    Design and redesign possibilities for Selective Laser Melting (2)
–    Topology optimization
–    Design rules
–    Lattice structures
–    Innovative design opportunities
–    Software

15.00    Coffee break

15.15    Facility tour
–    Laboratories of Fraunhofer ILT

16.15    Summary and final discussion

17.00    End of the seminar

Fraunhofer ILT
Steinbachstraße 15
52074 Aachen
Room 4301