EOS Industrial 3D printing no longer all pie in the sky
Germany - Additive manufacturing is a key element for current and future production lines and is increasingly finding its way into serial production. With its integrated and modular solutions, EOS offers a clear response to this development, the company explains.
Scalable and automated production, as well as a seamless integration of additive manufacturing (AM) into existing production environments, are the challenges companies are facing. With its new integrated and modular solutions, EOS helps companies as a reliable partner to achieve the next level of industrial 3D printing.
“The goal is to integrate AM technology wisely and efficiently into existing and future production lines," Dr Tobias Abeln, CTO at EOS says. "Our customers are facing topics such as quality of parts, quality control, scalability, automation and total cost of ownership in this context. We address these challenges with EOS solutions, and make sure that companies can put industrial 3D printing to successful use."
At Formnext 2016, the company was showcasing its scalable EOS Shared Modules concept to optimise all stages of the AM build process, the integrated manufacturing software Eosprint 2.0 as well as Eostate Exposure for the real-time monitoring of the build process.
Flexible and automated solution for integrated production
In combination with the company's four-laser system EOS M 400-4 for manufacturing metal parts on an industrial scale, EOS was showcasing its Shared-Modules concept for the first time. The flexible and scalable concept consists of several peripheral modules and allows DMLS production (direct metal laser sintering) to be integrated in industrial manufacturing. Automated peripheral modules and transport logistics are said to ensure an efficient supply to several metal systems from the EOS M 400 generation. This means that all set-up, unpacking, transportation and sieving actions can be carried out independent of, and parallel to, the AM build process. According to EOS, users profit from a high degree of flexibility and scalability: No matter if for one or several systems, Shared Modules has been designed to meet current and future developments. Selected pilot customers with very demanding requirements are already using individual components from the EOS Shared Modules concept, the company says.
Additionally, EOS offers Eosprint 2.0, a comprehensive AM CAM environment for engineers who want to fully leverage the benefits of AM with production-ready design. EOS has integrated numerous improvements and addressed customer requirements in the latest version, particularly in the field of operability. This is said to make the initial steps of the actual AM build process easier.
The new tool Eostate Exposure extends the company's Monitoring Suite for quality assurance and process development in metal 3D printing. This solution, consisting of a special camera and the Eostate Exposure software, can be used for the intelligent, real-time monitoring of the AM build process since it analyses the melting and cooling behaviour of the complete melt pool, EOS explains.