In 1990, the physicists Dr. Matthias Fockele and Dr. Dieter Schwarze founded the F&S company. As pioneers of Rapid Prototyping, they were globally among the first to develop and produce Stereolithography equipment (STL) for the production of plastic prototypes.
In 1995, the company began with the development of SLM™ technology (Selective Laser Melting (SLM™)) for the production of components made of metallic materials. As early as 1997, the first patents were applied for. In 1999, the company delivered the world’s first SLM™ machine for metals at the research centre in Karlsruhe. In 2004, Dr. Matthias Fockele founded ReaLizer GmbH, another enterprise which focuses on the development and production of SLM™ machines for the manufacture of metal workpieces.
SLM™ is a registered trademark.