Siemens acquired a majority stake (85%) in Materials Solutions Ltd., a U.K.-based pioneer in the use of selective laser melting (SLM) technology for the manufacture of high-performance metal parts. A specialty of the company is making turbomachinery parts, particularly high-temperature applications for gas turbines where accuracy, surface finish and the highest quality of the materials is critical to ensure operational performance of the parts in service. The acquisition allows Siemens to secure expertise in materials and additive-manufacturing (AM) process development with a focus on high-temperature superalloys. Siemens uses AM technology for rapid prototyping and has introduced serial production solutions for rapid manufacturing of small fuel mixers and for rapid repair of burner tips for mid-size gas turbines.
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