The companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding last month and are hoping to address an identified knowledge gap around AM technologies in a bid to educate potential customers so they can feel more assured about their investing in the technology.
Through the partnership, The Barnes Group Advisors will provide training courses relative to key industry standards for SLM Solutions’ customer and contacts. This offering will be available during the sales process and will include multiple courses, some focusing on design (Accelerate AM), others on technology and materials (Focus AM), and also business and economics (Empower AM) and the ‘essentials’ of additive manufacturing (Discover AM). Additionally, the collaboration will make available custom class offerings for CT inspection, specialised metal powder training, and so on, to SLM’s current customers to maximise the return on investment and power new applications. Support for customer development projects will also be offered by The Barnes Group Advisors as and when necessary.
“Metal additive manufacturing is quickly growing and industrialising and we believe we can help with some of the critical activity this acceleration requires, including providing comprehensive AM training,” commented 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.”
“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,” added Aaron LaLonde, Director of Applications Engineering at SLM Solutions North America. “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.”