3D printing platform for digital industrial AM production – EOS

EOS offers the EOS M 300-4 system, which is part of the broader, modular metal 3D printing platform EOS M 300 for digital industrial additive manufacturing (AM) production.

The EOS M 300-4 expands the portfolio of Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) systems, among them the EOS M 290 system. The EOS M 300 series is an automation-ready, future-proof platform that is configurable, scalable and secure, said a company spokesperson. It comes with a build volume of 300mm x 300mm x 400mm and serves a variety of manufacturing fields, including aerospace, industry, medical, tooling and automotive.

This modular platform comes with a configurable and scalable equipment architecture, which enables full flexibility and customised system configurations.

For better production flexibility and automation – and depending on system configuration – customers can choose between different solutions: One, two or four lasers, multi power laser configurations (400W or 1 000W), fixed or variable focus, different types of recoaters, new and expanded exposure strategies, part handling (manual or automated), monitoring options and three different clamping systems (3R, Delphin, Erowa). Customers can also flexibly choose between two powder dosing options for full build jobs without refilling: Bottom-up dosing to become independent of materials particle size distribution and automated, top dosing to enable a closed loop solution.

The system will be compatible with the EOS Shared Modules in which manual or automated peripheral modules and transport logistics supply several EOS metal AM systems. As a result, all setup, unpacking, transportation and sieving actions will be carried out independent of, and parallel to, the AM build process.

The EOS M 300-4 with four lasers will be able to offer variable laser power sources in the future – from 4 x 400, to a mixed setup of 2 x 400 and 2 x 1 000, up to 4 x 1 000W laser power. The system also offers full field overlap with four scanners, meaning that lasers can reach all spots on the build plate, enabling full flexibility with regards to build orientation. The system enables an increased productivity by factor four to 10 compared to the EOS mid-frame system EOS M 290, reducing cost per part.

The robust cast frame enables 24/7 process capabilities. A permanent filter system has been integrated to eliminate the need to open the system up periodically for filter changes. The new lifetime recirculating filter system offers automated cleaning, with residue collected in a bin beneath the build chamber. Longer jobs can be processed without job interruption.

At the same time, the system line offers automatic job start procedures. Depending on the needs of the user, the system line also includes powder contact-free solutions for demanding health and safety standards. EOS offers fully integrated remote service and consulting for the EOS M 300 series.

“With its modular set-up and its scalable and flexible concept, the new system line clearly focuses on the high customer demands for AM production. It sets a clear focus on productivity, and lowest costs-per-part and was developed for automation and (software) integration in current and future factories. The EOS M 300 series is the only 3-D printing solution for digital industrial production and specifically meets the demanding requirements in a production environment. It offers industrial-grade and integrated data, powder and part flow and can be easily incorporated into production facilities. We bring this technology into smart factories,” said Tobias Abeln, Chief Technical Officer.

The EOS M 300 series come with software solutions for all AM process steps, from the preparation of CAD design data and build job preparation to quality control. As such it will be offered with the company’s existing EOSPRINT 2, EOSTATE and upcoming EOSCONNECT software platforms, for build preparation, production and monitoring respectively.

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