Course Title:
Fundamentals of Selective Laser Melting (SLM)

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Suitable for:

Candidates with a basic understanding of 3D printing additive manufacturing at a novice to intermediate level, for technicians, engineers, managers, scientists etc.


This three-day course is part of the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI) - a programme to improve the global competitiveness of UK advanced manufacturing supply chains - and TWI is able to offer this course for £450 + VAT, a huge reduction from the original price of £1195 + VAT. Places are limited and are expected to be very popular so early registration is advised.

Course Content:

The three-day course covers the following topics:

  • Introduction to Additive Manufacturing (AM) - overview, comparison with other AM processes, advantages and disadvantages of Selective Laser Melting (SLM)
  • SLM benefits and applications
  • SLM process - process description, end-to-end process chain, process hardware, current/future technology developments
  • Metal powders for AM - production, characterisation of metal powders, powder management, handling and safety issues
  • SLM safety issues
  • SLM risk and safety assessment exercise
  • Topology optimisation
  • Design for AM
  • SLM process build optimisation
  • SLM material build parameter optimisation
  • Post processing operations
  • Inspection, metrology and NDT -  geometric conformity, defect detection etc.
  • AM process certification and verification - AM standards, process, facility and component certification
  • SLM cost analysis
  • SLM case study
  • Practical demonstration of SLM machines


Note: The course will not cover machine operation or hands-on operator training. If this is required, please contact us.

Course Objectives:
To equip the attendee with an appreciation of the SLM process. This will include an understanding of the advantages and limitations of SLM, the associated equipment and hardware and the end-to-end manufacturing process chain, including metal powders, component design and optimisation, derivation of SLM process parameters, post processing, cost issues and the certification and validation of SLM components.