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SLM Production Systems: Recent Developments in Process Development, Machine Concepts and Component Design

: Poprawe, R.; Hinke, C.; Meiners, W.; Schrage, J.; Bremen, S.; Merkt, S.


Brecher , C.:
Advances in Production Technology
Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2015 (Lecture Notes in Production Engineering)
ISBN: 978-3-319-12303-5 (print)
ISBN: 978-3-319-12304-2 (Online)
ISBN: 3-319-12303-3
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The emerging Additive Manufacturing (AM) and especially the Selective Laser Melting (SLM) technologies provide great potential for solving the dilemma between scale and scope, i.e. manufacturing products at mass production costs with a maximum fit to customer needs or functional requirements. Due to technology intrinsic advantages like one-piece-flow capability and almost infinite freedom of design, Additive Manufacturing was recently even described as “the manufacturing technology that will change the world”. Due to the complex nature of production systems, the technological potential of AM and especially SLM can only be realised by a holistic comprehension of the complete value creation chain, especially the interdependency between products and production processes. Therefore this paper aims to give an overview regarding recent research in machine concepts and process development as well as component design which has been carried out within the cluster of excellence “Integrative production technology for high wage countries”.