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Additive manufacturing solutions at K 2016

20th October 2016
Peter Smith

EOS is presenting its range of AM solutions for all fields of application including rapid prototyping to large-scale production, at this weeks K 2016 event. In the area of plastics-based Additive Manufacturing, EOS is presenting the EOS P 770 for the first time. The system will build live at the EOS booth.

Thanks to its new hardware and software features, the EOS P 770 is up to 20 percent more productive and can achieve up to 10 percent decreased costs per part than its predecessor. For the innovative production of mould inserts for large-volume production using injection moulding, EOS together with GF Machining Solutions (GFMS) is presenting the metal system AM S 290 Tooling. The system is based on the established EOS M 290 system and forms the basis for a seamless integration of additive into conventional manufacturing. The strategic partnership between both companies is a key driver for the further industrialisation in the tooling sector.

The EOS P 770 is a polymer system with two 70 W lasers used for the production of large parts and for industrial manufacturing with a high throughput. The system is based on the proven EOS technology of the successful system EOS P 760 and offers improved part quality with a production volume of over 150 litres. With the largest building volume available on the market, the EOS system permits the production of parts with lengths of up to one metre.

The EOS P 770 system is ideal to manufacture large parts and high quantities of parts. Exemplary applications can be found in many areas. EOS itself, for instance, manufactures air ducts on the system, built in PA 2200 material. This serial part is installed into the EOS M 290 metal system. Up to four of these large, functionally integrated air ducts can be manufactured in one build job. Compared to the predecessor system, the build time is reduced by good 20 percent.

GF Machining Solutions partner exhibitor at EOS booth

As part of their strategic partnership, EOS and GF Machining Solutions will be displaying the AM S 290 Tooling system at the EOS booth. The Additive Manufacturing system for mould and die industry offers the proven quality of the Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) technology from EOS and enables the production of high-efficiency injection moulding tools with conformal cooling for serial production.

Additive Manufacturing technology allows companies to transcend conventional to conformal cooling and experience the thermal management benefits of conformal heating/cooling channels for plastic injection and die casting. The solution ensures nearly unlimited freedom of design resulting in shorter cycle times, greater productivity, higher plastic product quality and lower energy consumption.

Stefan Dahl, Head of Technology Unit New Technologies, GF Machining Solutions adds: “Together, GF Machining Solutions and EOS envision the integration of AM into the manufacturing process chain and are moving forward with a clear vision and a solution-oriented approach. GFMS’ tooling knowledge and EOS’ AM expertise are an ideal combination to provide a real benefit to our customers.” And more: “With EOS as our strategic partner, AM technology becomes part of our portfolio to resolve customers’ manufacturing challenges.”

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