Unleashing sonic freedom

The SLM manufacturing technique

Tradition meets innovation

Laser precision
redefining audio

In 2008, Ortofon pioneered the new Selective Laser Melting technology that is specifically product-related. This technology was the result of exhaustive research led by Ortofon’s Chief Officer of Acoustic and Technology, Leif Johannsen.

Unparalleled listening experience

Revolutionizing sound

Our selection of the most exclusive cartridges is meticulously crafted using the revolutionary Selective Laser Melting manufacturing procedure, a pioneering process developed in collaboration with the Danish Technological Institute.

The cooperation with the Danish Technological Institute originally began with experiments with the production of plastic items for cartridges in the Selective Laser Melting machine using the new RM technology. In this innovative procedure, micro particles are laser-welded together layer by layer, setting new standards in high technology and high precision. Unlike traditional techniques, this method enhances rigidity and body density, significantly reducing unwanted resonances while maintaining exact cartridge mass figures.

A celebration of a significant milestone

A bigger creative desig space

In 2008, Ortofon introduced two completely new phono cartridges, the SPU 90th Anniversary and the MC A90 phono cartridges. These thought of as a celebration of a significant milestone in the Ortofon history and were the result of exhaustive research. The research incorporated the technological heritage of Ortofon with the new manufacturing technology called Rapid Manufacturing (RM).

The RM technology has given us a bigger creative designing space because we are no longer limited by a particular geometric shape. We do not produce tools, which means that the production process is reduced to a few weeks where it before took between 4 to 6 months. The time factor means that we can now try out our ideas, and it gives us an enormous amount of freedom.

Distinctive aesthetic

The consolidation of components

The SLM enables the consolidation of components to allow for a design devoid of unnecessary material. In this case, all of the essential components are built directly into the one-piece body, including the magnetic system (including the moving parts), the terminal block, and the silicone rubber wire guard.

The design has been strictly kept to only the crucial parts, creating a unique, distinctive aesthetic which is as functional as it is attractive.

3D Print Series Production Prize 2015

On January 29, 2015, Ortofon received the DTI 3D Print Series Production Prize 2015. The award is granted in recognition of Ortofon's achievements in applying the new technology in the industrial production. We preserve our heritage by continuously investing in technology and product development and thus introducing new cartridges.