Nikon SLM Solutions has reached an important milestone with the delivery of the first NXG XII 600 system to Safran. The state-of-the-art system will be stationed at the Safran Additive Manufacturing Campus (SAMC) and is essential for the serial production of qualified parts for current and future aircraft engine programs.
A key reason for this strategic investment is a uniquely designed, complex aluminum part developed specifically for use in next-generation aircraft engine demonstrators. The material chosen, AlSi7Mg0.6 – F357, underscores both organizations’ commitment to quality and precision.
In a joint effort, Safran and Nikon SLM Solutions have developed a meticulous protocol to ensure that the NXG XII 600 not only meets Safran’s stringent specifications, but does so consistently. This collaboration has the potential to set new standards in the aerospace industry.
In addition, the machine parameters for aluminum AlSi7Mg0.6 were developed by Nikon SLM Solutions in accordance with Safran’s strict standards for series-qualified parts.
A comprehensive service level agreement that accompanies the NXG XII 600 adds value to the delivery. This agreement includes full coverage and a commitment to ensure maximum uptime so that Safran can enjoy consistent, efficient production.
François-Xavier Foubert, General Manager of Safran Additive Manufacturing Campus, commented, “This first NXG XII 600 is a pivotal asset in Safran’s pursuit towards decarbonated aviation, underlining our ambition to contribute to reach carbon neutrality by 2035.”
Sam O’Leary, CEO of Nikon SLM Solutions, reflected on this partnership, stating, “This delivery marks not just a transaction, but a testament to our shared vision for the future of additive manufacturing. With the NXG XII 600, we’re enabling Safran to harness record production capabilities, paving the way for innovative advancements in aviation.”