Metal 3D Printing Powder bed monitoring system for 3D printing: Zeiss and EOS collaborate

Editor: Alexander Stark

Germany — Zeiss and EOS collaborate in in-process monitoring for metal powder bed. The joint goal is to develop and market a powder bed monitoring system for 3D printing. A trained neuronal network is to automate analysis procedures and reduce costs.

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An evenly distributed powder bed is essential for a stable and reliable additive manufacturing process.
An evenly distributed powder bed is essential for a stable and reliable additive manufacturing process.
(Source: EOS)

3D printing company EOS and Zeiss have announced their intent to jointly integrate and market the Zeiss AM in-process monitoring for in-situ surveillance of the powder bed for industrial 3D printing with metals. At the Formnext exhibition from 16th to 19th November both companies will present details of the future collaboration.

A uniformly distributed powder bed is essential for a stable and reliable AM-Process. To detect grooves and elevations in the powder bed with a high degree of certainty, a patented technology of Zeiss to capture height information of the powder bed is used as the core of the product. The goal is to analyze the acquired 3D information by a trained neural network. As a result, customers receive automatically marked and classified irregularities in the powder bed.

The cooperation aims at integrating the Zeiss AM in-process monitoring into the DMLS systems of EOS to give customers the possibility to have the powder bed supervised to assess its quality during the printing process as well as afterwards and to intervene manually or automatically according to predefined rules.

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