The steel industry and the plant engineering as well as the construction sector need to meet the challenges of Industrie 4.0 and digitalization if they are to remain internationally competitive.
The additive manufacturing technique known as SLM offers huge potential in terms of the timely production of functionally enhanced components for plant engineering and construction. With regard to steel, in particular, the range of materials on offer is very limited, and so far it has not been possible to process many of the frequently used steel materials by means of the SLM method.
Attempts to process such materials by adapting the SLM process control system and SLM equipment technology do not go far enough, and they do not fully utilize all the available potential.
The selective adaptation of the material composition combined with the adaptation of the SLM process control system and SLM equipment technology offer huge potential in allowing new steel materials with adapted, adjustable properties to be used for the SLM and therefore also for the steel industry and plant engineering and construction sector.