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Nikon SLM Solution sells 900th metal 3D printer, Safran installs NXG XII 600 machine

Collins Aerospace purchases second SLM Solutions NXG XII 600 metal 3D printer

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Collins Aerospace bought his second one SLM solutions NXG XII 600 metal 3D printer, two years after investing in its first.

The company will double its NXG XII 600 capacity at its West Des Moines, Iowa, facility and expand the facility’s existing material capabilities to better serve its customers.

Collins Aerospace designs and manufactures engine components for commercial and military aircraft at its West Des Moines facility and is expanding that capacity with the opening of a $14 million additive manufacturing center in 2023. This production-ready facility is one of only nine in the USA to obtain the National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program (NADCAP) certification for additive manufacturing.

The aerospace supplier has decided to purchase an additional NXG

“With the addition of the second NXG, this not only strengthens the entire industry, but also underscores our commitment to customer-focused innovation.”

Collins Aerospace has increased its investment in 3D printing technology in recent years, installing its first 12-laser machine from SLM Solutions in February 2022, before opening a new additive manufacturing center later this year to expand global repair capabilities expand. In 2022, the company also broke ground on its $14 million plant expansion in Iowa, with the additive manufacturing center opening in July 2023. Collins has also worked with Magellan Aerospace over the past 12 months, with the collaboration focused on 3D printing of complex castings for military and commercial aerospace platforms.