The Barnes Group Advisors, a leading global Additive Manufacturing Engineering Consultancy focusing on the industrialization of the technology announced today that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with leading metal Additive Manufacturing equipment provider SLM Solutions North America.
The scope of the agreement includes the two working together to promote and offer Additive Manufacturing (AM) training to help safely support the industry and push the industry forward. Both parties hope to bridge the current AM knowledge gap and help potential customers feel more confident about investing in AM hardware.
Per the arrangement, The Barnes Group Advisors will deliver Additive Manufacturing (AM) training courses designed around key industry standards to SLM Solutions’ customers and contacts. SLM Solutions’ goal is to equip potential customers with the ability to make better informed purchasing decisions by ensuring comprehensive training is available during the sales process. The Barnes Group Advisors will offer several courses, including Discover AM (an essentials course), Focus AM (a technology & materials course), Accelerate AM (a design course) and Empower AM (a business and economics course). Custom class offerings on topics, including CT inspection and specialized metal powder training will also be available for SLM Solutions’ current customers, to offer an increased return on their investment and to help further accelerate the adoption of new AM applications. The Barnes Group Advisors will also provide support to SLM Solutions’ customer development projects as needed.
Aaron LaLonde, Director of Applications Engineering at SLM Solutions North America, emphasized the importance of this cooperation, stating “Increasingly, we see the need to help contacts not only develop their application for the machine, but first develop their entire internal business case to take the investment leap into metal AM. By partnering our machine expertise with the industry leaders at The Barnes Group Advisors, we are able to lower the barrier to entry and shorten the learning curve for success with selective laser melting for our customers.”
“Metal Additive Manufacturing is quickly growing and industrializing, and we believe we can help with some of the critical activity this acceleration requires, including providing comprehensive AM training,” says John Barnes, Managing Director, The Barnes Group Advisors. “Our main goal is to see the industry and the users continue to grow, and continue to grow safely.”
About The Barnes Group Advisors
The Barnes Group Advisors is the largest independent additive manufacturing engineering consultancy. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, TBGA has presence in Australia, the United Kingdom, Austin, TX, Phoenix, AZ, Youngstown, OH, St. Louis, MO and State College, PA. TBGA helps companies work through their AM adoption strategy via strategy, design, leadership, training, metallurgy and economics, and is comprised of seasoned specialists with well over 100 years of experience in additive manufacturing.
About SLM Solutions
SLM Solutions is a leading provider of metal-based additive manufacturing systems that optimize fast, repeatable and cost-efficient part production. With multi-laser options, bi-directional recoating, open-software controls and closed-loop powder handling, Selective Laser Melting® systems achieve best-in-class safety and increased build speeds for complex and completely dense metal parts. Headquartered in Lübeck, Germany, SLM Solutions Group is a publicly traded company with its North American office with applications and service support staff located in Metro-Detroit.
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