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EOS will be presenting two new materials at this year's EuroMold in hall 11, booth E148 – PrimePart® PLUS and PA 1101. Peter Klink, EVP Sales at EOS: "With these two new materials, EOS is extending its range of plastic materials clearly towards ecology, technical performance and low manufacturing costs, allowing standard components to be manufactured even more efficiently using laser-sintering."

PrimePart PLUS (PA 2221): high performance combined with cost efficiency

The material PrimePart Plus (PA 2221) represents a breakthrough in polymer development. The material can evidently be refreshed using only a thirty per cent share of new powder, resulting in a powder cycle with minimum scrap quantities. This improves the cost efficiency and sustainability of the laser-sintering process, since conventional laser-sintering materials are usually refreshed using fifty per cent or more new powder. This does not lead to diminished technical performance of the material and the key performance indicators achieved are only slightly lower than those of PA 2200.

PA 1101: new polymer class made of renewing resources  

The PA 1101 material is a natural-colored polyamide 11 which is characterized by high elongation at break and impact resistance with a balanced performance profile. The material is based on renewing resources and can thus be classified positively in environmental terms. On account of its material properties, the material is particularly suitable for applications with functional elements which require high material ductility (e.g. integral hinges) and ones where high impact resistance is important. Another typical application for this material is for components which do not allow chipping (e.g. passenger cell in vehicles). Klink adds: "Our customers expect material solutions that support the ever widening range of applications in the best possible way. With PA 1101 we have been able to significantly extend our portfolio previously dominated by polyamide 12. We are looking forward to new and exciting applications which have not been possible with the materials available so far, or only by adapting the design accordingly."

For more information, visit: www.eos.info/en/products/materials/materials-for-plastic-systems.html

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EOS will be presenting the FORMIGA P 110 - successor model of the established and very successful plastic laser-sintering system FORMIGA P 100 - at this year's EuroMold in hall 11, booth E148. The FORMIGA P 110 continues to be the system of choice in the compact class, offering the flexible, cost-effective and highly productive entry into the world of laser- sintering.

Peter Klink, EVP Sales at EOS, adds: “’FORMIGA-quality' has already become a quality label for the additive manufacturing of plastics. This ongoing development of the P 100 product line will help us to further extend our lead in the compact class." Various EOS parameter sets enable a focus both on economic efficiency and component properties such as surface quality. With short throughput times and comparatively low investment costs, the  FORMIGA P 110 can be integrated perfectly into production environments that require maximum flexibility.

The system is suitable for the economic production of small series and customized products with complex geometries. This makes it ideal for small, sophisticated components used in the medical device industry or for high-value consumer goods, for example. With a build envelope of 200 mm x 250 mm x 330 mm, the system manufactures products made of polyamide or polystyrene directly from CAD data within only a few hours.

Hannes Kuhn, Managing Director of Kuhn-Stoff GmbH and a pilot customer for the FORMIGA P 110: "The additional parameter sets 'Balance 1.0' (120 µm layer thickness) and 'Top Quality 1.0' (60 µm layer thickness) allow an even more detailed and flexible production. The increased build rate rounds off the advantages compared with the FORMIGA P 100."

Innovations for use in production

Numerous technical innovations have been integrated in the FORMIGA P 110, all of which enhance process stability and reproducibility even further. These include the newly designed 4-channel heating and the use of a single-point pyrometer. Least-cost integration in factories that have a central nitrogen supply system is guaranteed by an external nitrogen connection. The established dosing and coating system was retained. The system is extremely user- and maintenance-friendly and requires just a minimum of accessories. Low energy consumption and thus overall costs of operation were other important factors considered in the design process. The FORMIGA P 110 is a door-passing laser-sintering system with low erection requirements. It can be installed and calibrated in less than two days. Since data preparation can conveniently take place at the workstation, the system is also very suitable for decentralized production areas. The high level of automation and ergonomic peripheral equipment of the FORMIGA P 110 also permit comfortable handling and optimum utilization of machine capacity and materials.

For more information, visit: www.eos.info/en/products/systems-equipment/plastic-laser-sintering-systems/formiga-p-110.html

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With the introduction of the Build Processor (BP), Materialise’s Magics and Streamics software now connects to all EOS systems in a machine-specific way, allowing EOS users to get the best out of their machines. By a tighter integration between Materialise and EOS systems, new technical possibilities for true manufacturing solutions are enabled.

Capable of handling large data e.g. for design optimization

The tighter integration between machine and 3D software enables the user to manufacture parts beyond the scope of today’s possibilities. Additive Manufacturing is a great technology to produce complex and freeform shapes. However, the .stl data format was somewhat limiting this applicability. With the new EOS build processor, Materialise software is capable of communicating in slices with the machine thereby enabling the design and the production of complex parts such as 3D patterns, textures and lightweight or optimized structures.

“This new integration strategy between software and hardware brings complex AM technology to a broader range of people and allows professionals greater design freedom and easier interaction between their production software and their machine as they have better access to advanced machine functionalities due to the build processor,” explains Tim Van den Bogaert, Product Manager at Materialise. “The integrated Build Processor enables a user-friendly data preparation process with direct communication between Materialise´s Magics software and the EOS-Laser Sintering system. This improvement is a large step forward in terms of part production directly from 3D-data.” emphasizes Fabian Müller, Product Marketing Manager at EOS GmbH.

Enabling top-end manufacturing

Many technical innovations have helped Additive Manufacturing to evolve from a niche industry to a more mainstream one, making it much more applicable to manufacturing. The new build processor serves as a communication link between Materialise software and EOS systems. It creates a strong connection between Materialise’s AM automation & control system, Streamics and the EOS machines and therefore it is a crucial component for the top-end manufacturing industries such as aviation, orthopedics and many more which need a single, integrated solution that matches their business processes.

Easy upgrades and dedicated

Since the BP Build Processor comes as a dedicated installer, users only need to upgrade if it is really needed taking away the pains of different development cycles at EOS and Materialise. Moreover, Materialise and EOS can bring new technologies easy and fast to the market by an update of the build processor and since the system is dedicated to a selected type of machine it only shows the options and functionality that the user needs.

EOS and Materialise share a mutual vision for the future, which is to take the next step in AM by integrating software solutions and machines, and by laying the foundation for the factory of the future. “We call this an evolution and a revolution,” says Tim. “Bringing this software solution to the market is an evolution for our mutual customers as it encompasses greater functionality but it is a revolution since it enables both companies to work together in integrating more and more benefits to the machine dedicated system. Therefore this is not the end point but the starting point of a revolution in our collaboration with EOS.”

For more information, visit: software.materialise.com

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EOS is joining forces with Innovative Medical Device Solutions (IMDS), the strategic source for full-service medical device development and manufacturing. Together they offer customers, including industry-leading orthopedic and spine surgeons and implant companies, extensive product development resources for creating novel metal additive manufacturing (AM) designs.

This partnership will allow IMDS to manufacture products with patient-benefiting features that are made possible with the use of AM technology.

“Until now, using AM for medical devices was considered a high-technology novelty done on a few implants, but mainly used to make quick metal prototypes,” says Dan Justin, Chief Technology Officer for IMDS. “However, recent advances—such as increased materials choices, enhanced manufacturing precision, and faster build speeds—have made medical product developers worldwide more willing to co-invest in developing implants made by laser-sintering systems. This partnership marks the most comprehensive resource alignment between contract medical device development and metal additive manufacturing expertise available to our industry.”

EOS offers decades of experience designing and manufacturing laser-sintering systems that can create high-quality prototypes and end-use parts. IMDS specializes in partnering with medical device customers to develop and produce new implant and instrument systems. The company has recently added the latest-generation EOSINT M 280 direct metal laser-sintering (DMLS™) systems to its already industry-leading product development and manufacturing capabilities across the U.S.

In response to requests by major medical product developers, EOS and IMDS have begun investigating partnerships with leading companies to bring out products that could only have been imagined previously.

“Our laser-sintering technology has opened up a door for developers who have formerly focused on subtractive processes,” says Andrew Snow, Regional Sales Director, EOS of North America, Inc. “Instead of being constrained by traditional technology, engineers and medical professionals are now free to explore a world of new designs—perhaps with varied porosity built in, or features nested inside.”

For example, most titanium implants are currently manufactured by subtractive machining, followed by adding a porous coating.  Now, some implants under development are being built one 20-micron layer at a time on high-precision DMLS machines. Each finished product is a functionally gradient single piece that transitions from a precisely shaped porous structure to a less porous, more solid load-bearing structure—a design with significant performance benefits that is not practical to undertake with traditional processes.  Other designs in development include patient-specific surgical guides for placement of pins, saws, and drills.

In the long term, the partnership will also provide orthopedic companies with a more cost-effective design-to-manufacturing pathway for customized implants—for instance, ultra-thin, bone-conserving hip, knee, and shoulder joint bearing implants—digitally designed from patient CT scans. DMLS can build medical products from regulatory approved implant materials such as stainless steel, cobalt-chrome, or titanium alloys.

The two companies will exhibit at the North American Spine Society (NASS) 2012 Annual Meeting (Dallas, Texas, Oct. 24-27), where IMDS will showcase the EOSINT M 280 and laser-sintered display pieces in IMDS booth # 2821. Also on display are parts created with software from WITHIN, an EOS partner and IMDS collaborator, which provides significant design-driven manufacturing capabilities to the overall e-Manufacturing solution.  WITHIN Medical software optimizes the design of innovative lattice structures. www.withinlab.com

For more information, visit: www.imds.net or www.eos.info

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Extraordinary advances in design and manufacturing will be on display at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in booth #S-8754. Machine tool builder GF AgieCharmilles, and market leading provider of design-driven, integrated e-Manufacturing solutions for Additive Manufacturing (AM) EOS will showcase an innovative start-to-finish manufacturing process chain that will create, at the show, actual titanium tibial trays for surgical knee implants.

The manufacturing process starts with an FEA/CAD design, developed using WITHIN Medical software, of a lightweight, yet strong tibial tray. The part’s extremely complex geometry involves variable pore sizes on one side (to promote osseointegration) and a smooth surface on the other (to support loads on the tibia). An EOSINT M 280 direct metal laser-sintering (DMLS™) system will then automatically build the component as a single near-net piece, layer by layer. The final step is surface machining, first on a Mikron HPM 450U 5-axis milling machine, then with a CUT 20P wire EDM machine, both from GF AgieCharmilles.

“This blend of our technologies goes far beyond what most other product developers are presently doing,” says Gisbert Ledvon, Director of Business Development at GF AgieCharmilles U.S. “We have combined the visionary design and manufacturing capabilities of WITHIN and EOS with our long-established production expertise and high-precision equipment. The result is a cutting-edge turnkey manufacturing system that operates with very little human intervention and a minimum of scrap material.”

“While the demonstration at IMTS is of a medical component, this type of process chain is applicable to practically any industry,” says Andrew Snow, Regional Sales Director, EOS of North America, Inc. “A look around the booth shows attendees the range of parts possible for aerospace, automotive, tooling with conformal cooling, consumer, and other sectors as well.”

The GF AgieCharmilles booth is divided into four distinct areas, each one featuring a different industry. Within the medical area, attendees will be walked through the operating GF AgieCharmilles/EOS manufacturing production line and will be able to see each step and each system in action. Technical experts from GF AgieCharmilles and EOS will be available at the booth to answer questions.

Joining them will be Dr. Siavash Mahdavi, CEO of WITHIN. “As a manufacturing process, laser sintering affords designers so much freedom that it’s sometimes hard to know where to begin,” Mahdavi says. “Our software and the partnership between EOS and GF AgieCharmilles point the way to others who wish to explore the benefits that design-driven, additive manufacturing can bring.”

The show takes place Sept. 10-15 at McCormick Place in Chicago. GF AgieCharmilles and EOS will also hold a joint press conference Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 8 a.m. in Room S-505A at IMTS. AgieCharmilles will be highlighting the 60th year celebration of their long history of manufacturing innovation.

For more information, visit: www.eos.info / us.gfac.com / www.imts.com

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Cookson Precious Metals (CPM) will showcase a prototype of a small Additive Manufacturing (AM) metal system at the Hong Kong Jewellery and Gem Fair 2012, hall 11, stand 11V28. The system, PRECIOUS M 080, is designed around the needs of the international watch and jewellery industry.

Stella Layton, CEO of Cookson Precious Metals states: “For this technology, we have joined forces with EOS, market leader for design-driven, integrated e-manufacturing solutions for Additive Manufacturing (AM) applications. “With this technology, 3D bespoke jewellery and watch components can be created from CAD files. This takes us on an exciting journey permitting the creation of highly complex and intricate designs that weren’t thinkable before. “The particular beauty of Additive Manufacturing is that it can be used to produce both one-off pieces as well as large scale production eliminating many process steps and tooling costs that we see today. “This technology is affordable, compact and provides a trend-setting manufacturing solution to the watch and jewellery industry.”

Just recently, CPM signed a strategic development partnership with EOS. Under this agreement, both companies introduce and further develop precious metal-based applications to the jewellery and watch industry. Product and services offerings will range from the production of precious metal parts to consulting for a Direct Metal Laser-Sintering (DMLS)-driven design process, the development and production of special precious metal alloys and the installation of a bespoke solution chain for high volume jewellery production.

To begin with, CPM offers AM capacities enabling a production of designs made of 18 ct yellow gold (3N colour). Both EOS and CPM envision customized e-manufacturing solutions that will change the economics of making jewellery or watches.

The technology time lowers the general costs of entry into the business of making quality jewellery and watch parts in precious metal. As such, e-manufacturing with DMLS enables designers to produce pieces that do not have to deal with the boundaries of conventional production techniques.

For more information, visit: www.cookson-emanufacturing.com

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Watch the skies: More and more, you’ll see unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) doing both commercial and public work, and a greater percentage of those devices will incorporate components manufactured with technology from EOS.

At booth 3758, EOS will display a variety of innovative laser-sintered aerospace parts, some of them difficult or even impossible to manufacture any other way. Around the corner at booth 3450, Northwest UAV Propulsion Systems and its sister company, Northwest Rapid Manufacturing, will be running a FORMIGA P 100 plastic laser-sintering system from EOS.

“Laser sintering provides a competitive business advantage that is helping us find new customers,” says Alexander Graham Dick, VP Operations and Technical Sales Manager of Northwest Rapid. “It offers high quality, rapid turnaround and the ability to create efficient, integrated components.” One example is the company’s generator set, which made use of their EOS plastic laser-sintering system. The set, which consists of a combustion engine that drives an electrical generator, increases fuel capacity through a plastic tank design that takes maximum advantage of available space and incorporates the fuel tank and its enclosure in one part.

Noted aerospace and defense analysts Teal Group observed in a recent market study that UAV spending is set to nearly double worldwide over the next decade, from $6.6 billion to $11.4 billion per year. Others predict that a sizable segment of this expansion will be civilian applications.

“Nearly every day someone recognizes a new use for UAVs for which the vehicle or payload needs to be adapted,” says Udo Behrendt, EOS’ Global Business Development Manager, Aerospace. “That means re-thinking designs and quickly remaking components—which is where the manufacturing capabilities of laser sintering are invaluable.”

UAV manufacturers can benefit from laser sintering in many ways. The plastic or metal materials are strong and durable. Lightweight parts can be built with complex shapes. Laser sintering enables instant customization and re-design without tooling, making it inexpensive to re-purpose an existing UAV from one mission to another. The technology has been used to make fuel tanks, engine housings, cowlings, nacelles, ducts, and even entire fuselages.

AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems North America 2012 will be held August 7-9, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

For more information, visit: www.auvsishow.org

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EOS, technology and market leader for design-driven, integrated e-manufacturing solutions for Additive Manufacturing (AM) applications, and Cookson Precious Metals (CPM), worldwide established supplier for the precious metal industry, signed a strategic development partnership. Under this agreement, both companies will introduce and further develop precious metal-based applications to the jewelry and watch industry. The product and services offering will range from the production of precious metal parts to consulting for a Direct Metal Laser-Sintering- (DMLS) driven design process, the development and production of special precious metal alloys and the installation of a bespoke solution chain for high-volume jewelry production. To start with, CPM offers AM capacities enabling production of designs made of 18 carat yellow gold (3N color).

As a leading supplier of fabricated precious metals – primarily gold, silver and platinum – Cookson Precious Metals has a reputation for high-quality products and services, as well as for developing a close working relationship with customers. CPM is able to supply fair-trade gold, and their own Ecogold guarantees to customers that the gold has come from a recycled source. This utilizes aboveground stocks of recycled gold instead of new metal from the mines. Moreover, CPM is UK's largest one-stop shop for the jewelry maker with over 12,000 products, including a substantial stock of silver, gold, palladium and platinum bullion cut to customer requirements (sheet, wire, tube, solder, grain, settings) as well as wide ranges of findings, loose and finished chain, gemstones, ring blanks, jewelry making tools, silver clay and beading materials.

Dr. Adrian Keppler, Executive Vice President Strategy and Business Development at EOS, states: “With CPM we found a perfect partner to introduce our innovative and paradigm-shifting technology to the luxury goods industry. We truly believe that our AM process offers a huge potential for these industries and a freedom of design that they have long been searching for. The most demanding jewelry brands can now create entirely new products and geometries that still meet their high-quality requirements. The technology challenges the designer’s imagination and pushes it to the next level. This could not be achieved with a goldsmith’s handicraft work or conventional manufacturing methods.”

Stella Layton, Global Vice President at Cookson Precious Metals adds: “With EOS, we now join forces with the market and quality leader in AM. With the EOS technology, 3D bespoke jewelry and watch components can be created from CAD files. This takes us on an exciting journey, permitting the creation of highly complex and intricate designs that weren’t thinkable before. The particular beauty of this technology is that it can be used to produce both one-off pieces as well as large scale production eliminating many process steps and tooling costs we see today.”

Both EOS and CPM envision customized e-manufacturing solutions that will change the economics of making jewelry or watches. The shorter technology time lowers the general costs of entry into the business of making quality jewelry and watch parts in precious metal. As such, e-manufacturing with DMLS enables designers to produce pieces that do not have to deal with the boundaries of conventional production techniques.

Cookson Precious Metals (CPM) is a leading supplier of fabricated precious metals in Europe, a supplier of gold, silver, platinum and palladium alloys, wire, sheet, tubing, coin blanks and casting grain. Cookson is also a major precious metals refiner with London Bullion Market Association good delivery status.

For more information, visit: www.cookson-emanufacturing.com

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World-renowned dental implant specialist, Andrew Dawood, bought an EOS plastic laser-sintering machine in 2009 for his Wimpole Street company, Cavendish Imaging, so that data from CT (computerised tomography) scans could be used to make anatomical replicas of a patient's jaw and teeth. The purpose was to be able to plan and carry out complex dental procedures such as zygomatic implant placement more efficiently and accurately.

After the needs of his own dental practice and those of others locally had been met, the service was extended to assist other medical professionals. A recent, high profile job was the production of surgical planning models from MRI scans taken of shared blood vessels within the skulls of Sudanese baby twin girls, Ritag and Rital Gaboura, who were conjoined at the head. Last September (2011), doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital separated the girls and they survived against incredible odds.

There was still spare capacity on the EOS FORMIGA P100 laser-sintering machine, which automatically builds finely detailed models from successive 100-micron layers of fine, white nylon powder in a process sometimes referred to as 3D printing. So Mr Dawood decided to start another firm, Digits2Widgets, to offer a similar service to designers, initially mainly in the conceptual arts and architecture.

The enterprise has seen the machine produce a wide variety of prototypes and finished products. Work includes helping with customisation of dolls' faces, and 3D scanning, digital modification and small production runs of items such as innovative jewellery and spectacle frames, either directly in plastic or in metal via lost wax models.

Another project involved the limited production of plastic 'clones' – modified pine cones containing a light – that appeared in the list of best Christmas tree decorations 2011 published by The Guardian newspaper.

The area of London around Wimpole Street is at the epicentre of world renowned schools of Architecture, such as the Architectural Association, Westminster University, The Royal College of Art and the UCL Bartlett School of Architecture. The latter also operates a FORMIGA P100 as well as a larger plastic laser-sintering machine from EOS. Mr Dawood therefore took the logical decision to employ a qualified architect to help expand the design side of his business.

That person is Jonathan Rowley, BArch, DipArch, ARB, who joined Digits2Widgets in August 2011 and has since been responsible for producing several scale models of buildings in multiple sections for architectural practices and students.

He commented, "The big advantage of laser-sintering as a 3D printing method is that the parts produced are robust and fully functional, unlike with some other additive manufacturing methods.

"Once the 3D model has been sliced horizontally and the data downloaded to the FORMIGA control, the build process continues automatically around the clock, layer by layer, until the process is complete. You then simply lift out the hopper, allow it to cool and extract the components, dusting off the powder residue.

"Different parts can be fitted together in our CAD (computer aided design) system and produced simultaneously within the machine's 200 mm x 250 mm x 330 mm build volume in one cycle, so productivity is high, allowing us to keep down costs.

"We still have spare capacity on the machine to offer to firms in the London area, nationwide or even internationally, and may well invest in another, larger EOS 3D printer as business increases."

For more information, visit: www.digits2widgets.com or www.eos.info

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Inventor Dean Kamen is coming to Atlanta May 22nd. And he’s bringing the future with him. The celebrated founder of DEKA Research and Development Corporation will address the North American User Day (NAUD) meeting held by EOS, the world leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems. His talk is titled “Growing Innovation and FIRST Innovators.”

DEKA has used direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) in the development of a futuristic prosthetic arm, among other devices. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is Kamen’s initiative to motivate young people to become science and technology leaders.

“It’s inspiring to see the innovative uses that young minds can make of everyday manufacturing processes,” Kamen says. “What they can achieve with a breakthrough additive process like laser sintering is beyond imagining.”

“EOS has been honored to work with Dean and his company on metal laser-sintered parts for the Luke prosthetic arm prototype,” says Dr. Hans J. Langer, founder and CEO of EOS. “We look forward to seeing what he and DEKA will design to take advantage of their plastic systems.” DEKA now has EOS FORMIGA P 100 and EOSINT P 395 plastic laser-sintering solutions, which it uses for prototyping, fixtures, and manufacturing.

NAUD coincides with RAPID 2012 (May 22-25), an SME-sponsored show in the same Atlanta venue. EOS will exhibit at RAPID in booth #109, where they will demonstrate an operating FORMIGA P 100 and display plastic and metal laser-sintered products from many industries. Dr. Siavash Mahdavi, managing director of WITHIN Technologies Ltd., will be a guest at the booth and speak at NAUD. WITHIN’s FEA/CAD optimization software works with plastic and metal laser-sintering systems to create strong, lightweight parts, including novel, load-bearing lattice structures.

Dean Kamen’s May 22nd talk is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. in the International South Meeting Room of the Hyatt Regency and is open to EOS users and registered press. There will also be a live musical performance during NAUD on a laser-sintered violin created in a single piece from PEEK thermoplastic.

A prolific inventor, Dean Kamen holds more than 440 U.S. and foreign patents in areas ranging from medicine and energy to robotics and transportation. He is widely known as the inventor of the Segway personal transporter. His many awards include a National Medal of Technology (2000), the Lemelson MIT Prize for Invention and Innovation (2002), induction into The National Inventors Hall of Fame (2005), the American Society of Manufacturing Engineers Medal (2007), and honorary degrees from more than 25 colleges and universities. Kamen founded the nonprofit FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to challenge and encourage students in engineering and technology.

Founded in 1989 and headquartered in Germany, EOS is the technology and market leader for design-driven, integrated e-Manufacturing Solutions. The modular EOS solution portfolio comprises of systems, application know-how, software, process parameters, materials and material development. EOS supports their customers with a variety of services, maintenance, application consulting and training offerings. The Additive Manufacturing (AM) process allows the fast and flexible production of high-end parts at a repeatable industry level of quality. As a disruptive technology it paves the way for a paradigm shift in product design and manufacturing. The technology accelerates product development, allows for freedom of design, optimized structural layouts – enabling e.g. lightweight lattice structures - and functional integration of parts, thus creating significant competitive advantages for their customers.

For more information, visit: www.eos.info or www.sme.org/rapid

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EOS, the worldwide leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems, today announced that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Phenix Systems at the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division. The lawsuit alleges infringement of U.S. Patent Nos. 5,753,274 and 6,042,774 through the manufacture, sale and use of the PXL, PXM, PXS and PXS Dental product lines from Phenix in the US. During the second half of 2011, Phenix had announced the commercial manufacture, sale and use of exactly these product lines publicly, even though EOS had apprised Phenix of its patent portfolio several times. As a consequence, EOS filed the patent lawsuit against Phenix on March 5, 2012.

The Complaint against Phenix sets forth that Phenix is directly infringing, inducing others to infringe, and contributing to infringement of the 274 and 774 Patents in violation of 35 U.S.C. § 271. Phenix had actual notice of the existing EOS patent and despite such notice, has continued to engage in acts of infringement.

Johann Oberhofer, CFO of EOS, comments: “Filing this patent infringement lawsuit is an essential step in protecting our patent rights in the US. We hope that this litigation will quickly resolve the situation.”

EOS has patents granted for a considerable number of its own inventions in the field of laser-sintering. Today, the EOS patent portfolio includes more than 50 patent families worldwide. The company owns exclusive worldwide rights to all patents owned by 3D Systems Corporation applicable to the field of laser sintering which were filed prior to August 20, 2002.

EOS was founded in 1989 and is today the world-leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems. Laser sintering is the key technology for e-Manufacturing, the fast, flexible and cost-effective production of products, patterns and tools. The technology manufactures parts for every phase of the product life cycle, directly from electronic data. Laser sintering accelerates product development and optimizes production processes.

For more information, visit: www.eos.info

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There’s a new Industrial Revolution sweeping through dentistry, and the results speak for themselves at LAB DAY 2012 Chicago. Laser-sintered crowns, bridges, and copings—now produced in the millions—are increasingly replacing those made with traditional casting and machining. EOS, world-leading manufacturer of laser-sintering equipment, will display these innovative products and conduct two accredited clinics at the event (held at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers February 24-25).

“Anyone can see that digital tools are proliferating in dentistry and being used in place of physical impressions and casting,” says Martin Bullemer, EOS manager for medical business development. “Our systems take full advantage of the individual patient geometries those digital tools capture and offer consistently high end-quality products and benefits in costs and turn-around times.”

Bill Oremus, vice president of BEGO USA (Lincoln, R.I.), agrees. “The industry’s shift to scanned digital imaging and manufacturing has made laser sintering a must-have technology for us,” he says. “As the technology advances it will be the direction of the future for making dental implant components because it eliminates production steps and cuts material waste.”

Laser sintering is an additive manufacturing process that “grows” near-net shapes, doing away with costly and time-consuming tasks such as waxing, investing, divesting, cutting, and grinding. This makes it economical for creating mass-customized crowns and bridges as well as plastic dental models or titanium dental implants. There are currently more than 40 plastic and metal laser-sintering systems worldwide dedicated to dental devices. Direct metal laser-sintering (DMLS) equipment, running unattended, can produce about 450 crown and bridge units in 24 hours, currently some 2.5 million per year.

BEGO USA uses DMLS to create individual cobalt-chrome copings, crowns, pontics and bridges—including 14-unit bridges with a precision that would be difficult to match by traditional methods.

For those who wish to learn more about how this technology benefits the dental industry, this year’s clinics by EOS are titled, “Producing Bridges, Copings, Partials, Implants and Models from CAD Data via Laser Sintering.” Thomas Thiel, an EOS engineer in dental applications and a Master Dental Technologist, will show attendees why DMLS is an efficient alternative to traditional casting processes for copings, bridges, and implants. He will also highlight the use of laser-sintered plastic models for quality checks, analysis, and post-processing restorations. Participants will receive 1.5 Scientific Certified Dental Technician Credits. The clinics will be held in Parlor F (Lobby Level) on Saturday, February 25 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., and again from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

EOS will also be demonstrating its newest polyamide, PA 2105, for physically modeling dentition. The material offers high precision for best prosthesis fit. Its color contrast facilitates the veneering of dental prostheses, and the models require minimal manual processes or finishing procedures.

EOS was founded in 1989 and is today the world-leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems. Laser sintering is the key technology for e-Manufacturing, the fast, flexible and cost-effective production of products, patterns and tools. The technology manufactures parts for every phase of the product life cycle, directly from electronic data. Laser sintering accelerates product development and optimizes production processes.

For more information, visit: www.eos.info

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FourFourSixSix, a London-based international architecture practice, is delighted to be named key sponsors of the world’s biggest egg hunt. On February 21st, when the UK’s capital becomes home to 200 giant and uniquely crafted Easter eggs, FourFourSixSix sponsors an egg which has been created by them based on an architectural concept and manufactured with an additive manufacturing process called laser-sintering provided by EOS.

The first event of its kind, ‘The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt’ aims to raise vital funds for charities Action for Children and Elephant Family, inviting tourists, locals and visitors to join in a truly magical experience.

Members of the public will be able to hunt down the strategically placed, giant eggs, which have been exclusively designed, bejewelled and decorated by some of the world’s leading artists, architects, jewellers and designers including Mulberry, Sir Ridley Scott, Zandra Rhodes, Diane Von Furstenberg, Marc Quinn, Bruce Oldfield, The Chapman Brothers, Theo Fennell, William Curley, Bompas and Parr and Polly Morgan.

In addition, participants in the The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt will have the chance of winning the world’s most extraordinary prize. The Fabergé Tribute Egg, a fabulous creation valued at over £100,000, will be exclusively revealed on the first day of the hunt, Tuesday 21 February.

The event is set to smash Guinness World Records for the most participants in an Easter egg hunt and the world’s most expensive chocolate egg, as designed by William Curley.

The handcrafted eggs, which are destined to become highly collectible works of art, will be available to buy at auction, with proceeds going to Action for Children and Elephant Family. The jewel in the crown of the auction will be an exclusively designed, stunning 127ct emerald and gold egg pendant ‘Le Collier Plume d’Or’ by Fabergé.

‘The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt’ seeks to raise up to £2 million for leading children’s charity, Action for Children, and Elephant Family – the UK’s biggest funder for the endangered Asian elephant.

Daniel Welham, of FourFourSixSix and Stuart Jackson, Regional Manager for the UK and Ireland at EOS agree: “We are absolutely delighted to announce our support for this fantastic event. Not only will it be a magical day out for thousands of children and families this Easter, but it will be raising money for two incredible charities, Action for Children and Elephant family.“

Action for Children’s Chief Executive, Dame Clare Tickell, said: “The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt is a ground-breaking and exciting way to get London and all its visitors involved in raising awareness and crucial funds for the most vulnerable and neglected children, young people and families across the UK. It is an enchanting event, which will capture the hearts, imagination and interest of everyone taking part.

“We act as a lifeline to some of the UK’s most vulnerable children, young people and families and the £1 million we stand to benefit from this event will make a huge difference to the people out there that need our help the most. It’s particularly heartening to know that the money will have been raised thanks to an event which will be hugely enjoyable for the thousands of children and families who will be taking part.”

Elephant Family Director, Ruth Powys, said: “From the charity that brought you Elephant Parade, we give you, in partnership with Action for Children, The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt. It’s about time to have some fun again. Forget about your worries – we’re going to put a smile on your faces and brighten up our great capital city. Like everybody, charities are up against it and you need to think out of the box, so welcome to another fun and vital initiative to protect our children and the endangered animals that share their world”.

Sarah Fabergé, great granddaughter Peter Carl Fabergé said: "Eggs have become synonymous with Fabergé and it is almost impossible to think of one without the other! The egg is symbolic to so many nations and cultures representing new life and rebirth. We at Fabergé have recently undergone a rebirth ourselves opening our first boutique in London after an absence of more than 90 years! How could we not become involved in a big egg hunt taking place right on our doorstep in support of these two wonderful charities, Action for Children and Elephant Family whose tireless work involves nurturing young people and the animals that share our planet?”

For more information, visit: www.thebigegghunt.co.uk

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EOS, world-leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems announced today that Spain-based Fundación Prodintec joined their e-Manufacturing partner initiative as of January 1, 2012. Complementing the existing network of partners both companies join forces to further increase the acceptance of the laser-sintering as a manufacturing process that offers solutions beyond prototyping, thus extending the reach to serial applications too.

Together with EOS, Prodintec offers an e-Manufacturing process from Product Design to Advanced Manufacturing Processes. Owning a number of EOS systems already – one FORMIGA, one EOSINT P 395 and two EOSINT M 280 (200 and 400 Watt) Prodintec has a substantial knowledge of the laser-sintering technology and as such can circle back to EOS valuable lessons learned which  consequently can ensure a continuous further improvement of the e-Manufacturing process. Prodintec, in return, sees EOS as their preferred supplier for laser-sintering systems and processes. Dr. Adrian Keppler, Executive Vice President Strategy und Business Development adds: “EOS and Prodintec believe that laser-sintering is currently challenging the principles of conventional design and manufacturing processes for a large variety of industry-specific applications. This partner network is a proof point for the innovative and game changing power of the technology and will help all parties involved to tap the full potential of e-Manufacturing.”

Iñigo Felgueroso, Managing Director of Prodintec adds: “We are not just sharing a vision with EOS but have build up successful business models around the technology, gained practical experiences from this and consequently can perfectly consult customers on how to reach maximum benefit from e-Manufacturing with laser-sintering. With a regional focus, though acting international, Prodintec aims to become a reference for the EOS technology when it comes to R&D in product development and manufacturing processes. Moreover, we are successful as a company when this technology helps particularly companies in Spain, Portugal and other countries to grow their businesses.”

EOS was founded in 1989 and is today the world-leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems. Laser sintering is the key technology for e-Manufacturing, the fast, flexible and cost-effective production of products, patterns and tools. The technology manufactures parts for every phase of the product life cycle, directly from electronic data. Laser sintering accelerates product development and optimizes production processes.

Founded in 2004, PRODINTEC is a non-profit technology centre based in the North of Spain. Main activities include R&D and innovation projects related to Advanced Manufacturing Technologies, Product Design and Product Engineering. PRODINTEC is specialised on supporting companies in the whole value chain for Additive Manufacturing, providing complete innovative solutions from 3D-scanning, to series production including the use of advanced software for Additive Manufacturing, quality control and post-processing. Those capabilities have made of PRODINTEC the leader in Spain in R&D projects and innovation services in Additive Manufacturing, performing more than 2.000 innovation services and 30 R&D projects in Additive Manufacturing in several sectors and applications, such as electronic equipment enclosures, medical implants, aerospace, automotive parts and conformal cooling moulds and micro-moulds.

For more information, visit: www.eos.info or www.prodintec.com

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Paramount Industries, Inc., a world-class rapid product development, rapid manufacturing and rapid deployment company, today announced the acquisition of an EOSINT P 800, a new high temperature laser sintering technology capable of processing engineered polymers like polyaryl ether ketone (PAEK) and polyether ether ketone (PEEK).

“High temperature laser sintering is a 3D printing process that is growing in popularity for making strong plastic production parts,” said Paramount CEO Jim Williams. “As early adopters, our goal is to integrate this technology across all industries so manufacturers can benefit from the unique advantages additive manufacturing technologies can offer. While it is true that aerospace, defense, energy, medical and transportation are natural consumers, there are many more industries that will benefit from this processing and material technology.”

An increasing number of government agencies and manufacturers are sourcing laser sintering for direct part production. In contrast to traditional manufacturing methods, laser sintering can deliver plastic parts with highly complex geometries with impressive strength-to-weight ratios. In many cases, hundreds of parts can be directly manufactured from 3D CAD digital models long before tooling is available and in certain applications eliminating tooling costs altogether. As original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) continue to make system enhancements and service providers develop new processing techniques for biocompatible and high temp laser sintering materials, Paramount anticipates that demand will continue to rise.

The EOSINT P 800 can process temperatures up to 385°C (725°F) which enables the laser sintering process of engineered polymers like PAEK. “The P 800’s elevated processing temperatures and range of high performance engineered polymers are critical components necessary for the growth of this industry and complementary to our ongoing laser sintering R&D effort and direct part manufacturing operations,” said Williams.

Laser sintering offers the highest levels of manufacturing flexibility for end-use parts. PAEKs offer the highest levels of performance among polymers. Since 2008 Paramount Industries has led the development of the high temperature laser sintering process. The company qualified the process through an extensive U.S. Air Force Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) R&D effort integrating laser sintering technology and materials science into a robust manufacturing solution package to deliver complex parts for military weapon systems. Paramount is successfully moving into SBIR Phase III, transitioning this high temperature laser sintering process to production with these new PAEKs and carbon-fiber-reinforced PAEKs.

The laser sintering PAEKs offer temperature resistance, processing stability, mechanical performance, resistance to hydrolysis, and flame retardant characteristics that make them ideal candidates for aerospace applications. The carbon-fiber-reinforced PAEKs offer additional electrostatic dissipative characteristics and higher tensile modulus. These new materials combined with Paramount’s advanced coatings and surface finishes broaden the material selection and design options and increases the range of applications.

For over 45 years Paramount has demonstrated a strong commitment to the early adoption of new manufacturing technologies and since the late ‘80s was a thought leader in the democratization of rapid technologies. In the mid ’90s, Paramount was an early adopter of laser sintering metals for the manufacture of injection molds and metal sintered parts. These early efforts were foundational in helping to elevate awareness and integration of advanced additive manufacturing technologies.

“Much of the excitement in what we do every day as a product development and manufacturing company is to create innovative ways to integrate advanced technologies that enable our customers’ rapid product deployment regardless of the industry. Paramount continues to advance the development of laser sintering materials and processing. My team is absolutely thrilled to add the EOSINT P 800 to Paramount’s additive manufacturing tool box,” Williams added.

Founded in 1966, Paramount Industries, Inc. is among the world's most experienced providers of product development services, including design engineering, additive manufacturing, rapid prototyping, direct digital manufacturing, rapid manufacturing, rapid tooling, urethane casting, injection molding and contract manufacturing. Paramount is AS9100C and ISO 9001:2008 certified and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) registered. The company holds active memberships with the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG), Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), Keystone Chapter AUVSI (founding member), Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and ASTM International.

For more information, visit: www.paramountind.com

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For proof positive that laser-sintering is changing the face of medical design and manufacturing, attendees of this year’s American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) meeting can stop by the EOS booth. The world leader in laser-sintering systems is showcasing a working EOSINT M 280 direct metal laser-sintering (DMLS) system to demonstrate the extraordinary benefits the technology offers for orthopedic applications. The evidence includes a wide range of innovative medical products and prototypes used for instrumentation as well as spinal, joint, and cranial surgeries. The show is being held February 8-10 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco (California).

“An entire new world of orthopedic treatment and procedures has opened up,” says Martin Bullemer, EOS manager for medical business development. “Because our laser-sintering systems can cost-effectively manufacture any imaginable geometry, and any variation on it, they are changing the way we think about medical products.”

Laser sintering is an additive manufacturing process involving next-to-no tooling, molding or machining costs. As a result, devices can be economically mass-customized to conform to the requirements of individual doctors or patients. Orthopedic suppliers use DMLS and plastics laser sintering to create a diverse array of drill guides, clamps, implants, and surgical instruments.

EOS-related activities at the AAOS meeting include:

• EOS customers C&A Tool (booth 4017), Morris Technologies (booth 359), and Oxford Performance Materials (booth 2821) are exhibiting laser-sintered products and prototypes. C&A and Morris both focus on DMLS, while Oxford Performance Materials uses the EOSINT P 800 with high-performance polymers to manufacture customized medical implants.

• Highlights from WITHIN Technologies Ltd include their FEA/CAD optimization software that works with EOS’ plastic and metal laser-sintering systems to create strong, lightweight parts including innovative lattice structures.

• FHC is exhibiting its new line of patient-customized stereotactic fixtures for cranial targeting. The new fixtures are more accurate and comfortable for the patient than standard stereotactic frames and are suitable for a broad range of head types, and for targets not easily reached with a traditional frame. They also reduce operating room times for the procedure by as much as two hours.

“Many surgeons and medical designers are only just now becoming aware of the breadth of applications made possible by this manufacturing technology,” says Fred Haer, CEO of FHC. “The laser-sintered products on display at this meeting are at the forefront of a revolution in personalized patient care.”

EOS was founded in 1989 and is today the world-leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems. Laser sintering is the key technology for e-Manufacturing, the fast, flexible and cost-effective production of products, patterns and tools. The technology manufactures parts for every phase of the product life cycle, directly from electronic data. Laser sintering accelerates product development and optimizes production processes.

For more information, visit: www.eos.info or www.aaos.org/education/anmeet/anmeet.asp

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German industrial control and automation company, Festo, a world leading supplier of pneumatically- and electrically-actuated automation systems, is using additive manufacturing (AM) to produce a bionic gripper that can pick up and put down objects flexibly, reliably, gently and safely. Fast and economical batch production of the complex components at the company's Esslingen factory is achieved using a FORMIGA P 100 plastic laser-sintering machine from EOS.

The advantages over conventional manufacturing practices are many. Due to the design freedom afforded by layer-by-layer AM, the number of individual parts has been reduced, making assembly less costly. As injection mould tools are not needed, further time and cost savings result. The weight of the gripper is lower, as it can be made from polyamide instead of metal, which is an advantage in some applications.

The so-called Bionic Handling Assistant was awarded the 2010 Deutscher Zukunftspreis, a technology and innovation award endowed annually by the German Federal President. Unlike conventional industrial robots, the pneumatically controlled unit has the particular benefit that direct contact with people is not hazardous, as in the event of a collision the system yields immediately. The design allows for smooth movement, with 11 degrees of freedom and an unparalleled weight / payload ratio.

Festo has been gathering experience with AM since 1995. What began with concept models and functional prototypes has developed into the manufacture of several thousands of parts per year.

Products derived from nature are often of complex design. The flexible bionic handling assistance system is based on an elephant's trunk and consists of three elements for spatial movement. At the end is a 'hand', called a DHDG adaptive gripper, modelled on a fish fin.

Klaus Müller-Lohmeier, head of advanced prototyping technology at Festo AG, said, "The gripper's functionality and structure, incorporating components of complex geometry, makes it impossible to produce the product by any means other than AM.

"Just four components produced in a FORMIGA P100 are sufficient to make a complete Bionic Handling Assistant.

"Thanks to the design freedom that laser-sintering gives us, we can manufacture movable, flexible but also specifically rigid shapes, just as they occur in nature.

"Our designers can operate independently of the restrictions of conventional manufacturing techniques and concentrate fully on the implementation of the natural principles they have analysed.

"We are using laser-sintering more and more for projects in which limited annual quantities of a complex part are required. In these cases, the process is a real alternative to existing, often tool-based methods."

The fish fin-inspired DHDG adaptive gripper is now integrated into Festo's product range and is already used by customers all over the world. Its structure may be adapted for a user's specific application. The gripper fingers adjust precisely to the contour of a workpiece and even sensitive objects or those of complex shape can be gripped and moved safely.

Noteworthy is that the gripper elements have their final functionality immediately after laser-sintering, without the need for expensive assembly. Accordingly, laser-sintering is a manufacturing precondition. Festo says that there is no practical alternative.

Moreover, the DHDG adaptive gripper is 80 per cent lighter than conventional grippers made of metal. The fact that plastic is able to replace metal is due to the ability of the laser-sintering process to produce lightweight, elastic yet very strong structures. Studies have shown that the gripper elements can withstand more than five million bending cycles.

Müller-Lohmeier concluded by mentioning that tool-less production with AM is especially cost-efficient. In an unrelated customer project, Festo manufactured 12,000 components by laser-sintering as an alternative technology, saving 40 per cent of the unit cost compared with injection moulding.

All parts were finished within one week in just four build cycles, whereas conventional production would have taken two months. The company was therefore able to launch the product much faster.

EOS was founded in 1989 and is today the world's leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems. Laser-sintering is the key technology for e-Manufacturing, the fast, flexible and cost effective production of products, patterns and tools. The technology manufactures parts for every phase of the product life cycle, directly from electronic data. Laser-sintering accelerates product development and optimises production processes. EOS completed its business year 2009/2010 with revenues of 64 million Euros. The company employs 300 people worldwide, 250 of them in Krailling near Munich, Germany.

For more information, visit: www.eos.info or www.festo.com



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At this year’s EuroMold World Fair for Moldmaking and Tooling, EOS highlighted integrated e-Manufacturing solutions that meet the need for quality assurance in series manufacture of customised products.

The company announced that its Integrated Process Chain Management for plastic applications is being developed further to optimise powder handling. The new IPCM will be scalable to fit into production environments where management of powder quality, traceability and storage is essential. EOS is working closely with selected customers and their input is being integrated in the further development of this concept.

The latest direct metal laser sintering system was exhibited, EOSINT M 280, of which over 30 systems have been sold globally since it was introduced at EuroMold 2010. EOSINT P 760 for plastic applications also featured on the stand.

Emphasis was placed on Laser Power Monitoring, which records the laser power during the build process to ensure that the specified level is maintained. Results are reported via the EOSTATE 1.2 quality assurance module.

New plastic powder

Designed to make plastic laser-sintering more economical and sustainable, PrimePart PLUS is a new, translucent polyamide suitable for fully functional parts with excellent mechanical properties.

Owing to the optimised refresh rate, whereby only about 30 per cent virgin powder has to be added to used material, instead of 50 per cent for conventional polyamide polymers, material consumption is significantly reduced. It leads to lower cost per part, less material wastage and a more efficient production process.

AM meets art

Additive manufacturing is not only showing huge potential for short run production of complex components, but is also opening up new creative avenues. For example, on show at EuroMold was work by artist and product designer, Lionel T Dean, including a 3D printed titanium gearshift.

“Direct digital manufacturing offers much more than complex structures to creative industries: it is a revolution that will allow us to invent new relationships with customers,” stated Dean, whose work can be seen in the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

"In contrast to mass production, direct production decreases the need for investment and allows designers to respond to niche markets and individual requirements."

Successful 2010/11 financial year for EOS

Over 1,000 EOS laser-sintering systems have now been sold worldwide, a landmark reached in 2011. At the end of September, the company completed a successful year's trading which showed higher growth rates than expected. Sales revenue increased by around 40 per cent compared with the last financial year, taking turnover to more than 90 million Euros.

The number of staff is increasing too, with currently more than 350 employees globally. To support this growth and with a focus on further investment in R&D, the company plans to build a 12,000 m2 building next to its headquarters in Krailling, near Munich, with construction starting in Spring 2012.

Dr Hans J. Langer, founder and CEO of EOS, said: “Twenty-two years after EOS was founded, we see the technology challenging the limits of traditional manufacturing. Many prototyping companies already use laser-sintering for design and manufacture, while more and more OEMs are adopting the technology for high-end manufacturing.

"Last year saw a number of organisational changes which will support further progress. As a result, a broader management team has been established which can now better support the key divisions of the company.

"Sustainability will remain one of the core strategic pillars for the coming years and will strongly influence EOS' plans, for example how we can further optimise the powder consumption in our laser-sintering systems.

"We already see enormous benefits of our technology, which enables cycle time reductions, reduced material consumption, the possibility to reuse materials, and weight reduction through change of material and the integration of lattice structures.”

For more information, visit: www.eos.info

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At the end of September 2011, EOS completed a very successful fiscal year which showed much higher growth rates than expected after a short phase of economic downturn in 2010. Terry Wohlers, industry consultant and analyst, just recently summarized the potential he sees for the market of additive manufacturing technologies, such as laser-sintering: “The additive Manufacturing (AM) industry continuous to have tremendous untapped potential. A product development company may spend five-to-ten percent on design and prototyping for a given program. The remaining 90-95 percent is spent on production, which is why so many companies are aggressively pursuing this segment of the market.”

EOS also recently surpassed 1,000 laser-sintering systems sold worldwide and completed the fiscal year with a revenue increase of around 40 percent, with more than 90 million Euros. The number of staff is increasing too, with currently more than 350 employees globally. In order to support this growth, and with a focus on further investments into R&D, EOS plans to build a 12,000 qm building next to their current headquarters, with construction starting in spring of 2012.

Dr. Hans J. Langer, founder and CEO of EOS, adds: “22 years after EOS was founded we see a technology challenging the limits of traditional manufacturing. A lot of prototyping companies already have adopted the laser-sintering way to design and manufacture. Meanwhile, more and more OEM’s are adopting the technology for their high-end manufacturing needs too. Together with lighthouse customers, we’ll further develop this segment.” He adds: “Where markets change and new target groups develop, EOS has to prepare for the new challenges and market opportunities ahead. As a consequence, the last fiscal year saw a number of organizational changes which will be supporting further progress.”

As a result, a broader management team has been established which can now better support the key divisions of the company, For example, Quality Management has taken a central role at EOS with a focus on prevention and continuous system and process improvement as well as monitoring and control to enable adequate product and process quality-one of the key prerequisites to meet the particular requirements of EOS’ new industrial customers. In addition, EOS’ service and application consultancy offerings are continuously strengthened by increasing local service and support teams. As a result, customer-specific applications can be optimized upfront, offering a competitive advantage to the customer. Overall, EOS supports its customers in maximizing the benefits arising from the use of the laser-sintering technology.

In addition, EOS further invested into laser-sintering process specialist Advanced Laser Materials LLC (ALM), developer and provider of polyamide materials and processes for additive manufacturing. And, as of January 2012, EOS will enter into a joint venture for the German market together with partner BESTinCLASS called “First Surface Oberflächentechnik GmbH” (see separate press release) to extend the offering of post processing services for this region.

“Apart from all of these changes and further developments in and around EOS, sustainability will remain one of the core strategic pillars for the coming years”, adds Langer. “This will strongly contribute to how EOS plans and sets up the new company building, how we further optimize power consumption of our laser-sintering systems. And how – already today – we see enormous benefits of our technology for our customers by enabling cycle time reduction, reduced material consumption or the possibility to re-use materials, weight reduction through change of material (from metal to plastics), and integration of lattice structures, to name but a few.”

EOS was founded in 1989 and is today the world-leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems. Laser-sintering is the key technology for e-Manufacturing, the fast, flexible and cost-effective production of products, patterns and tools. The technology manufactures parts for every phase of the product life cycle, directly from electronic data. Laser-sintering accelerates product development and optimizes production processes. EOS completed its business year 2010/2011 with revenues of more than 90 million Euros (more than 120 million US$).

For more information, visit: www.eos.info

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EOS, the world-leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems announced today five new members to join their e-Manufacturing partner initiative. Complementing the existing network of e-Manufacturing partners the following companies will join: Germany-based LaserbearbeitungsCenter (LBC) GmbH and kuhn-stoff GmbH & Co KG, UK-based Digital Forming and Within and Swiss-based BESTinCLASS. EOS and e Manufacturing partners join forces to further increase the acceptance of the laser-sintering as a manufacturing process that offers solutions beyond prototyping, thus extending the reach to serial applications too. What all partners have in common is that they are pioneers as well as experts in their respective laser-sintering related field.

Together with EOS, they offer an end-to-end e-Manufacturing process from design to post-processing. Own experiences in the field of laser-sintering on the partner side provide valuable lessons learned for EOS who consequently can ensure a continuous further improvement of the e-Manufacturing process to meet particular customer requirements. Partners, in return, see EOS as their preferred supplier for laser-sintering systems and processes. Dr. Adrian Keppler, Executive Vice President Strategy und Business Development adds: “EOS and its partners jointly believe that laser-sintering is currently challenging the principles of conventional design and manufacturing processes for a large variety of industry-specific applications. Besides others, the EOS partner network is a proof point for the innovative and game changing power of the technology and will help all parties involved to tap the full potential of e-Manufacturing. All new e-Manufacturing partners introduced here are not just sharing a vision but have build up successful business models around the technology, gained practical experiences from this and consequently can perfectly consult customers on how to reach maximum benefit from e-manufacturing with laser-sintering.”

New e-Manufacturing partner LaserbearbeitungsCenter (LBC)

Germany-based LBC has three EOS laser-sintering systems at their facility and as such has sufficient production capacity installed for executing manufacturing projects, particularly for the tooling industry. The company has a very deep knowledge when it comes to adequate conformal cooling design and the manufacturing of mold inserts as well as in production simulation for the laser-sintering process. Ralph Mayer, managing partner of LBC and one of the pioneering users of the laser-sintering technology for the tooling industry in Germany concludes: “Direct Metal Laser-Sintering (DMLS) as provided by EOS is ideally suited to meet the challenges in tooling. We just recently bought the new metal system EOSINT M 280 which not only extended our capacities but also machining efficiency.”

New e-Manufacturing partner kuhn-stoff

Germany-based kuhn-stoff, e-Manufacturing service provider with a particular focus on special purpose machinery has a broad know-how when it comes to design particularly suited for laser-sintering. For their clients, the company answers the key questions ‘How do I translate the potentials of laser-sintering into my product and which rules of the game do I need to consider.’ Hannes Kuhn, general manager of kuhn-stoff adds: ”With laser-sintering, 3D data can be translated directly into parts. As such, conventional manufacturing processes can be supplemented, if not even substituted in some cases. Considering the fact that in special purpose machinery around twenty percent of a machine consists of interface components that are normally very time and cost intensive to design and to manufacture and cannot be covered with standard components, laser-sintered parts – in return – can have a huge impact.”

New e-Manufacturing partner Digital Forming

UK-based Digital Forming has developed a co-design platform comprised of software and supply chain which allows two or more parties to collaborate on the design of a product, where one party is the ‘lead designer’ setting parameters in 3D space for the others. In this way, the platform can be used for the co-creation of new products as well as offering the next generation of customization tools for design orientated companies. The platform is driven by intelligent software that will not allow the co-designer to take the product design to a point where it is no longer buildable, has structural integrity or is fit for function. Lisa Harouni, CEO of Digital Forming says the platform ’democratises’ design for non-CAD users, opening up possibilities and accessibility to Additive Manufacturing technologies. She adds: “Once a bespoke product has been created, the platform will manage the consequential supply chain. Our platform in conjunction with part manufacturing via laser-sintering makes it a rapid, affordable, competitive, flexible design-driven and environmentally friendly process.”

New e-Manufacturing partner Within

Within, a London-based software house and licensing company adds extra know-how to the complete laser-sintering process chain with their software solutions. With years of experience in design for the laser-sintering process, Within has developed a suite of software tools that enable their clients to optimise the design of their components to the laser-sintering process. This can enable them to create lighter weight products which are fully self-supporting but which also meet the functional requirements of the component once in use. Siavash Mahdavi, CEO of Within states: “Laser-sintering can be a game changer to many industries but fully exploiting this revolutionary manufacturing technique requires new software solutions that have not existed to date. By combining artificial intelligence, design rules and computer simulation, we have created software tools that make it easy for you to design buildable and functional complex components for a wide range of industries from Medical to Aerospace, Automotive and Tooling.”

New e-Manufacturing partner BESTinCLASS (BinC)

BESTinCLASS, Swiss-based high precision surface finishing provider offers a post-processing called Micro Machining Process (MMP). Parts manufactured with the laser-sintering technology can be selectively post-treated up to a mirror-like polish. Only those areas are treated where a particular finishing is required, without altering shapes, even complex ones and as such is particularly efficient on DMLS parts. Laurent Cataldo, Chief Executive Officer at BinC adds: “Apart from the watch making and luxury goods industry, MMP can be applied to a lot of industries including aerospace, medical, mould making and auto-sport, all of which enjoy performance gains as a result of the unique accuracy and control provided by MMP. Costs and turnaround times are predictable and controlled; Finishes can be reproduced to industrial standards for multiple parts; Treated parts are free from contamination; part geometries and mechanical properties of the treated surfaces are not altered, cavities can be accessed. Hardening is minimized and the process is approved for parts used in medical applications.”

About LaserBearbeitungsCenter (LBC)

Based in Kornwestheim, LBC makes modern laser technologies available to its customers. Particularly in the field of mold making LBC has a broad know-how covering the entire range of the process chain: from manufacturing molding blanks as well as molds with an optimized conformal cooling to the design of customer-specific cooling solutions, to the simulation of thermally optimised injection molding tools as well as consulting and engineering solutions. For LBC, a key to success is that they work with customers on a partner level. For more information, visit: www.lasergenerieren.de/en/index.php

About kuhn-stoff

Founded in 2005, kuhn-stoff Gmbh & Co KG is a young company which is exclusively focusing on the design and manufacturing of laser-sintered parts made of polyamide. With this, kuhn-stoff is particularly supporting customers in the special purpose machinery manufacturing industry. kuhn-stoff is inspired by the EOS e-Manufacturing concept and fully supports it. He is the leading service provider when it comes to the implementation of laser-sintered parts as end products. For more information, visit: www.kuhn-stoff.de

About Digital Forming

Digital Forming Ltd. was established in November 2008 by 4 partners from science, creative and business backgrounds; Assa Ashuach, Dr Siavash Mahdavi, Nicolas de Cordes and Lisa Harouni. Digital Forming is a 3D software house that proposes to revolutionize product customization and co-design. The company has developed an extensive platform to link designers, brands, and their customers to Additive Manufacturing technology. Digital Forming offers its software and platform through a SaaS licensing model and undertakes consultancy for companies who are looking for a competitive edge through Additive Manufacturing technologies. For more information, visit: www.digitalforming.com

About Within

Within is a licensing company and software house, based in London that has created tools which constantly push at the boundaries of the possi­bilities in additive manufacturing. Within can improve the performance of products and reduce their weight through a variety of software tools. This is primarily achieved by the use of customised lattice structures. Our technology is inspired by nature and has resulted in the creation of advanced forms of Bio-inspired Artificial Intelligence. These tools understand both the functionality of the product as well as the design rules associated with additive manufacturing. Within’s current suite of technologies can make products exhibit properties that were previously unachievable. For more information, visit: www.withinlab.com

About BESTinCLASS

Founded in Switzerland in 1995, BESTinCLASS SA has developed the micro-machining process (MMP), a proprietary precision surface finishing technique. MMP can finely distinguish and selectively apply different primary roughness, secondary roughness and waviness profiles to surfaces. Working from its own treatment labs, BESTinCLASS is poised to provide manufacturers with custom finishes to meet their specifications. An exceptional feature of MMP is its ability to provide selective surface finishes that can be reproduced to industrial standards. The company and the Joint venture using the MMP Technology employs 75 people worldwide, including 35 people in the headquarter in Genolier Switzerland. For more information, visit: www.binc.biz/gb/index.php

About EOS

EOS was founded in 1989 and is today the world-leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems. Laser-sintering is the key technology for e-Manufacturing, the fast, flexible and cost-effective production of products, patterns and tools. The technology manufactures parts for every phase of the product life cycle, directly from electronic data. Laser-sintering accelerates product development and optimizes production processes. EOS completed its business year 2010/2011 with revenues of more than 90 million Euros (125 million US$). For more information, visit: www.eos.info

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A novel, active suspension system helped Coventry University’s Phoenix Racing team to win the Shell-sponsored award for most fuel-efficient car in the premier class of this year's Formula Student championship. Key components of the system, which were both compact and lightweight, were produced layer-by-layer from titanium alloy powder (Ti64) in EOS laser-sintering machines.

At Silverstone in July 2011, against fierce competition from over 100 universities around the world, the single-seater racing car was placed 20th overall. It was 5th in the endurance challenge, involving a separate, 22 km race during which the cars prove their speed and durability and the students execute a pit-stop and driver change.

Comprising third-year motorsport engineering students at Coventry University, Phoenix Racing, under team leader, Dan Priestman, this year produced its most advanced and successful car in over 10 years of racing in the Formula Student competition. The students took full advantage of the university’s motorsport workshop, in particular the direct metal laser-sintering (DMLS) machines which were made available through sponsorship by laser-sintering equipment manufacturer, EOS.

The equipment allowed the students to manufacture intricate titanium parts for an electronically-controlled, hydraulic anti-roll system to ensure that the car maintained grip in the corners, a clever design feature that was acknowledged by the judges. All were industry professionals that had not previously come across such a system at the competition.

Causing a stir

Considerable interest was also shown in the active front suspension by a number of firms in the motorsport and automotive sectors, including Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix, Mercedes-Benz HighPerformanceEngines and Jaguar Land Rover.

Other Formula Student competitors were similarly curious, so much so that the team had to keep the system covered while the race car was being worked on to allow enough space around the vehicle.

Towards the end of the event, rumours had travelled up and down the pit lane suggesting that a top international team had spent the previous two nights trying to reverse-engineer the system, which was comically nicknamed the Doomsday Device at the championship.

Development of the hydraulic anti-roll system

The Phoenix race car was designed by the students under the guidance of Charles Kingdom, Senior Lecturer Materials and Engineering Design at Coventry University. Early on in the project, it became clear that the position of the front roll centre was below ground level, which increased the lateral transfer load, created a large body roll angle and produced a pronounced understeer.

This implied that a front anti-roll bar might be required.  However, a traditional bar could not be used, first because technical regulations meant that the feature would be outside the allowed chassis envelope, and secondly because it would have been difficult to fix the suspension pick-up due to the location of the front rockers. A further drawback with a passive anti-roll bar is that it transmits a single wheel bump around the whole chassis.

Phoenix Racing's new, active anti-roll system, which was the brainchild of student team member, Tom Edwardes, consists of two double-acting hydraulic cylinders connected top to bottom from left to right.  The actuators are fixed at one end to the front suspension rockers and at the other end to the vehicle chassis.  As one actuator compresses, the opposite actuator also compresses. In this simplistic form, the system mimics an infinitely stiff roll bar, so a method of varying the difference between the two actuators was required to allow roll resistance to be adjustable.

Two valve blocks were therefore added in-line, each consisting of a piston and a spring.  As the right-hand cylinder compresses during cornering, the fluid is displaced into the right-hand valve block. The piston compresses the spring, resulting in less fluid moving into the left hand cylinder.  This results in a difference in displacement between the two actuators.  The left hand valve block moves downwards to equalise the difference in fluid that is displaced.

Additive manufacture creates compact components

The actuator casing was manufactured from Ti64 powder using the DMLS process from EOS.  The additive procedure allows complex structures to be manufactured, directly from a CAD model, that would often be difficult or impossible to machine conventionally, such as the spiral oil feed pipe around the cylinder body. DMLS also frequently results in the component being smaller and lighter than it would otherwise be using traditional manufacturing techniques, in this case reducing the weight of the race car and making the components easier to install.

EOS produced the actuator casing and the rod end in collaboration with the University of Wolverhampton, while the internals were manufactured at Coventry University. Machining of the titanium parts was carried out at James Camden Engineering, Warwick, and at the University of Wolverhampton, where Dr Mark Stanford worked for many hours to make some of the finished items.  The cylinder bores were honed at Crosshatch Services, Coventry, and the hydraulic fittings were supplied by Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Slough.  Overall length of the unit is 170 mm, with a bore of 25 mm and a 22 mm stroke. Weight is just 300 grams.

The valve blocks were also manufactured from Ti64 using DMLS.  It allowed the overall length of the units to be reduced by locating two hydraulic fittings alongside each valve body rather than at one end, both fittings being fed via two flow pipes running from the bottom of the block.  The component also features a mounting face and feet to locate the valve block to the chassis tubes.

Within the block are a piston, spring holder, spring and compressor.  The latter can be used to preload the spring within the holder using a one-millimetre pitch thread machined into the top half of the titanium casing. This allows the roll resistance of the vehicle to be adjusted either by the preload or by changing the spring.  The unit has a bore of 30 mm, an overall length of 120 mm and a mass of 450 grams.

Features and benefits of the hydraulic active system compared with a traditional anti-roll bar may be summarised as follows:

•    The active suspension is easily packaged within the chassis.
•    Roll stiffness can be quickly and simply adjusted, even by the driver.
•    The roll mechanism is damped.
•    Weight is comparable to that of a standard anti-roll system.
•    The energy of a single wheel bump is absorbed.
•    It is possible to develop the technique further into a full vehicle system to incorporate pitch and dive resistance.

EOS was founded in 1989 and is today the world's leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems. Laser-sintering is the key technology for e-Manufacturing, the fast, flexible and cost effective production of products, patterns and tools. The technology manufactures parts for every phase of the product life cycle, directly from electronic data. Laser-sintering accelerates product development and optimises production processes. EOS completed its business year 2010/2011 with revenues of more than 90 million Euros (124.3 million US$). The company employs 300 people worldwide, 250 of them in Krailling near Munich, Germany.

For more information, visit: www.eos.info

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Mass customization was dreamed about more than two decades ago as an attainable business strategy to reach individuals with products tailored perfectly to them. But technology constraints and the economics of standardized parts and modularized product lines won the day—resulting in copycat car body “platforms” that reached across brands, and PC boxes of mind-numbing uniformity.

Yet today, on an otherwise typical shop floor in Cincinnati, OH, a new generation of machines sits alongside traditional equipment and turns out unique, one-off products with astounding shapes and game-changing cost savings.

Morris Technologies Inc. (MTI) and its sister company Rapid Quality Manufacturing (RQM) operate 20 direct metal laser-sintering (DMLS) systems—the most of any organization in the world—from German producer EOS, and are at the forefront of OEMs and service bureaus in defining just what can be made by “growing” custom parts.

MTI was one of the first shops in the U.S. to collaborate closely with major aerospace and medical producers to explore laser-sintering. Now on its way to certifying laser-sintered metals in both fields, the company is making everything from lightweight components for military unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to cobalt-chrome hip replacement prototypes for patients of the future.

Others are creating exotic lattice-like systems in plastics for lighting homes and offices, designer shoes with heels of braided titanium and, soon, cranial implants, knees and medical instruments designed around the exact geometry of the individual human body and the surgeon’s hands. The wide-open design freedom of laser-sintering systems, for making single parts and meeting low-volume production needs, creates the potential for serving not just doctors and engineers, but also start-up entrepreneurs who want to make clothing, games and consumer goods but don’t own factories or have the resources for risky, high-volume product trials in untapped markets.

“EOS technology has transformed a significant part of our business already,” says Greg Morris, CEO of MTI. “Laser-sintering is opening up whole new categories of opportunities for MTI and RQM, and we’ve expanded our DMLS capacity to more readily meet customers’ needs for rapid turnaround,” he notes.

“Customers are excited and are teaming up with us aggressively to quickly understand the potential of EOS laser-sintering and to test and advance their application concepts,” says Morris. “It’s a race to introduce innovative, bold ideas ahead of others. In ten years, people will look back at today and see the immense impact additive manufacturing has had on industry.”

Laser-sintering is an additive process that melts materials layer-by-layer at high temperatures, until the final—often complex—shape is achieved. Traditional machining, mold/cast or sheet forming technologies either cut away or pour and inject materials, and have well-defined limits that carry over to the geometries and performance characteristics of the products.

By contrast, EOS systems enable the designing-in of higher performance attributes previously unaffordable or even impossible to construct. A mold with cooling channels that snake around the bends and curves of a part is one practical example. What’s more, all this can be done in a “lights out,” automated operation. It’s these new shapes and manufacturing economics, coupled with a devotion to quality and validation, that are behind the company’s steady move to market leadership and an installed base exceeding 1,000 high-end systems worldwide.

“The economic impact of additive manufacturing (AM) is significant, especially considering the opportunities in custom and short-run production," says Terry Wohlers, industry consultant and analyst. "If one could calculate the monetary impact from the thousands of companies that benefit from AM, it would be in the billions of dollars annually.

"The AM industry has grown in the double digits for 14 of its 23 years," notes Wohlers. "It continues to have tremendous untapped potential. A product development company may spend five-to-ten percent on design and prototyping for a given program. The remaining 90-95 percent is spent on production, which is why so many companies are aggressively pursuing this segment of the market."

To learn more about EOS laser-sintering, visit: www.eos.info/en/home.html or www.youtube.com/eosgmbh

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Minister of State for Universities and Science, David Willetts MP, visited the University of Exeter’s Streatham Campus on Monday 26 September 2011, at which he was briefed on the university’s £275 million campus developments and was given an overview of its world-class research and innovative collaborations with business and industry.

The Minister toured the new £2.6 million Centre for Additive Layer Manufacturing (CALM), opened ten days earlier, which is supported by EADS and part financed by the European Union. The university already had an established reputation for materials research and additive layer manufacturing, having previously worked with companies to develop products as diverse as medical implants, car parts and a museum clock.

The new facility houses additive layer manufacturing machines working in various powder materials, including the UK’s only EOSINT P 800. Built by the German firm, EOS, it can build parts at temperatures up to 385 degrees Centigrade, allowing it to produce parts from high-performance polymers. These materials, including EOS PEEK HP3, are mechanically strong and wear-resistant in the toughest of operating environments. Such polymers are being developed as alternatives to metals for applications in the aerospace, medical and motorsports sectors in particular.

Those producing prototypes and developing new products will benefit from CALM, which will enable businesses, entrepreneurs and researchers to harness the potential of additive layer manufacturing. Businesses will also benefit from the technical expertise of staff at the centre, gained through their experience in industry and engineering research. Heavily subsidised rates are being offered to SMEs (small and medium enterprises) in Devon, Dorset, Wiltshire and Cornwall to give smaller businesses access to world-class facilities at affordable prices.

Council members of the University of Exeter and senior management also gave David Willets a glimpse of the Forum project, a new £48 million development for the heart of Streatham Campus. The Forum will feature an inspirational mix of outside and inside space that will deliver a new Student Services Centre, retail and catering outlets, a refurbished library, new technology-rich learning spaces, a 400-seat lecture theatre and a new university reception.

Businesses wanting to find out more about the CALM centre and how they can use its facilities can find out more at: www.exeter.ac.uk/calm

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GPI Prototype announced that it has completed the installation of an EOSINT M 280 machine from EOS.  The EOSINT M 280 is an updated version of the EOSINT M 270 currently being used at GPI to build metal parts additively.  The addition of a second machine establishes GPI as a leader in rapid prototyping and expands their DMLS material selection to include aluminum and titanium.

GPI is committed to showcasing their additive technology at industry events and informing customers of the benefits and cost savings of additive manufacturing vs traditional machining. On September 14th-15th, 2011 at the ODT Conference & Exhibition in Fort Wayne, Indiana, GPI will be showcasing parts made via DMLS at booth #803.  GPI will also be exhibiting at Design & Manufacturing Midwest on September 20-22, 2011 in Chicago, IL at booth 2234.  GPI has established a foothold in a variety of markets including medical, aerospace, automotive & consumer products.

DMLS offers many advantages vs traditional tooling including the ability to manufacture complex geometries and shapes not possible with CNC machining. Conformal cooling channels can also be integrated into designs to dramatically reduce injection molding cycle/lead times and lower costs.  GPI offers 8 material choices for DMLS including Stainless Steel, Cobalt Chrome, Maraging Steel, Bronze Alloy, Titanium Alloy, Aluminum & Nickel Alloy.  Parts can be built in 20 micron layers with a turnaround time of a few days.

Top-quality, accurate, clean prototypes can be built in hours and shipped to the customer in a few days.

Additional services include Stereolithography (SLA), Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), 3D Printing (3DP), Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), Room Temperature Vulcanization (RTV), Investment Casting, Tooling, CNC Machining, Finishing & Painting, Laser Scanning & Packaging solutions.  These services are priced very competitively in the industry while providing the best in quality and customer service.

For more information, visit: www.gpiprototype.com

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Attendees seeking to explore the unparalleled benefits that laser-sintering offers to the rapidly expanding unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) industry can get a good start at Booth 1216 at the AUVSI Unmanned Systems North America 2011 (Washington, D.C., Aug. 16-19). There EOS, the world-leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems, will be demonstrating UAV parts and presenting background from technical experts on the use of laser-sintering as a competitive business strategy.

“UAV design and manufacture is the most dynamically growing and evolving sector of the aerospace industry, and it has its own demanding challenges,” says Udo Behrendt, Business Development Manager Aerospace at EOS. “The unique capabilities of our systems meet these challenges while eliminating some of the costs and manufacturing restrictions of traditional processes.”

Laser-sintering involves no tooling, and very little machining or fixturing, making it highly cost-effective and speedy for the low production runs of most UAVs. Re-designs of parts for changing missions and payloads, including mass customization for individual UAVs, are inexpensive as well. Because laser-sintering is an additive manufacturing technology, it can be used to create complex geometries that integrate multiple parts for weight savings, or that fit into the irregular space left in existing assemblies. Designs being laser-sintered for UAVs include fuel tanks, engine shrouds, control vanes, filter boxes, and air ducting, for example.

Available laser-sintered materials are well-suited for unmanned aircraft. EOS AlSi10Mg Aluminum can be used to create lighter-weight thin-walled parts. EOS NickelAlloy IN718 and IN625 provide high tensile strength, excellent processability and uniform corrosion resistance. In plastics, aside from various polyamide 11 and 12 materials, EOS also offers fire-retardant polyamide PA 2210 FR as well as PEEK HP3, the first high-performance thermoplastic polymer available for laser-sintering.

Still more materials options are available from EOS’ strategic partner Advanced Laser Materials (ALM). Between 60 and 70 percent of ALM’s business is creating one-of-a-kind plastics formulations in close cooperation with individual customers. “Just as laser-sintering promotes customized, design-driven manufacturing, we use our expertise with polymer bases and various additives to customize plastics,” says Donald Vanelli, president of ALM. “The customers know best what they want in terms of physical requirements, and we understand how to formulate a plastic to match their needs.” In addition to tailoring materials, ALM also has standardized offerings such as 640-GSL, an extremely lightweight glass- and fiber-reinforced plastic with an average density 15 percent less than nylon—and nylon has about the same density as water—and a high strength imparted by the fibers.

Andrew Snow, Regional Director, Sales, at EOS of North America, says, “The UAV industry has barely begun tapping the potential power of laser-sintering to create innovative, reliable parts. There’s no better proof of how our technology supports unmanned aircraft design and manufacture than the range of invention, in plastics and metals both, that our customers are displaying at this show.”

For more information, visit: http://symposium.auvsi.org/auvsi11/public/enter.aspx

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EOS, the world leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems, in collaboration with EADS Innovation Works (IW), has started work on a study to understand the potential of the Direct Metal Laser-sintering (DMLS) process to generate savings in the use of energy and raw materials. This will help to develop a new range of manufacturing technologies that will integrate sustainability relevant aspects into products and product manufacturing.

By capitalizing on the benefits the DMLS process offers, including the net-shape technology benefits to generate weight-reduced structures, along with the low use of raw materials, DMLS technology has a huge potential to contribute to sustainable development in manufacturing.

A previous study conducted by EADS IW showed that although the use of energy during the manufacturing phase could not compare with conventional manufacturing processes, energy consumption during the use-phase of aircraft components dropped significantly. Indeed the DMLS technology unlocks structural optimization, leading to weight reduction of the components, and thus fuel and CO2 emissions reduction.

In parallel, EOS carried out a Product Carbon Footprint (PCF) calculation of one kilogram of sintered material.  The findings supported EADS IW’s research, as they showed that the greatest impact on reducing CO2 emissions and energy consumption was to be found during the use-phase of laser-sintered components. It further identified the most important drivers of energy consumption along the B2B value chain; particularly around the supply of raw materials and the use of cooling systems.  It was while comparing data that EADS IW and EOS agreed to carry out a collaborative environmental study.

Technologies applied to aerospace normally have to go through a nine steps process called TRL (Technology Readiness Level) before a technology goes through qualification. For each TRL review, the evolution in maturity of a technology is measured in terms of performance, engineering, manufacturing and operational readiness as well as value and risk and sustainability/environment. The latter is a new criterion linked to EADS Group’s eco-efficiency vision and a joint study focusing on this criterion made perfect sense.

Following on from the original study, EADS IW and EOS  will now complete a full Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) – covering energy consumption, material use, CO2 emissions and use of hazardous material – benchmarking an optimized design for use with EOS’ next generation platform EOSINT M 280 metal system. Results should show improvements on the sustainable performances not only on the component, but also on its manufacturing.

Adrian Keppler, Manager Strategy and Business Development at EOS stresses: “There is a consensus within society that companies have to address and to meet their responsibility for our environment and our natural resources. As such, sustainability is one of the pillars of the EOS strategy. Our technology can help to improve environmental performance at clients such as EADS IW through freedom of new designs and innovation, reduced energy and CO2 emissions. At the same time, DMLS enables lightweight design as well as a reduced material consumption and transportation emissions due to production on demand.”

Cyrille Peignot, Sustainability Engineer at EADS IW, adds: “We shape the future of aerospace as a company. But in order to meet our responsibilities we have to tackle the current challenges such as access and availability of resources, as well as aircraft emissions. EOS is one of our suppliers in the Additive Layer Manufacturing (ALM) arena and their technology allows us to identify internal saving potentials. Indeed when combined with topology optimization, ALM can deliver weight reduction and, consequently, reduced fuel consumption, but more importantly economise on use of raw materials, frequently a significant cost to manufacturers.  So far we have been able to redesign a part during the case study process that meets our objectives: the use of fewer resources during manufacturing while producing almost no waste, as well as a significant decrease of the energy bill. All these are key factors to improve sustainability on an aircraft’s performance and its manufacturing.”

The joint case study of EOS with EADS IW will be carried on throughout the rest of the year and further more detailed results will be made available towards the end of 2011.

Photos: Cyrille Peignot, Sustainability Engineer, EADS IW. and Adrian Keppler, Manager Strategy and Business Development, EOS.

For more information, visit: www.eos.info or www.eads.com

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OPM is very pleased to announce it has secured funding for the purchase of an EOSINT P 800 SLS machine for the production of the firm’s OsteoFab™ medical implants. The funding was provided by the Connecticut Innovations, Inc.’s BioScience Facilities Fund. Financing is in the form of special debt instrument. The equipment is part of a multi-million dollar project to produce medical implants through additive fabrication with the firm’s proprietary OXPEKK® products which have properties comparable to human bone. The facility will be certified to ISO 13485, ISO 9001 and AS9100 and be equipped with clean rooms and world-class design and inspection capabilities. The project is expected to be completed by September 2011.

“We are very pleased that CI has provided the funding via their BioScience Facilities Fund for this extremely important project. We have had a long, successful relationship with CI that has resulted in positive financial return on their previous investment and the growth of jobs and world class technologies in the state,” said Scott DeFelice, President of OPM. “We are exceedingly confident that this particular undertaking will further position our firm and the state on the leading edge of biomedical and manufacturing technologies.”

OPM currently sells its biomedical polymeric OXPEKK® products on a global basis with regulatory approvals from the FDA, KFDA, ANVISA, COFEPRIS, and several CE Marks. It has traditionally sold these products as raw materials. With the addition of the EOSINT P 800, however, it will now be able to provide value-added manufacturing in-house. The P 800 allows for direct digital additive manufacturing through selective laser sintering (SLS), which means nearly anything that can be designed can be built with the firm’s implantable polymer. This enhanced capability positions the firm to lead innovation in biomedical technologies and the polymer market. The initial focus of the firm’s efforts will be the production of custom cranial and maxillofacial implants which are anatomically identical implants derived directly from a CT scan or MRI.

For more information, visit: www.oxfordpm.com

A glimpse into the fast-approaching future of mass-customized medical devices is available at Booth #2307 during MD&M East (Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York City, June 7-9). There EOS, the world-leading manufacturer of laser-sintering equipment, is operating an EOSINT M 280, the company’s most advanced Direct Metal Laser-Sintering (DMLS) system yet, showing how this technology can create uniquely patient-matched products that promote comfort and improve treatment.

Because laser-sintering is an additive manufacturing process, it can easily build complex geometries such as those for dental prostheses, orthopedic implants, and personalized cutting and drilling guides that reduce surgical and patient recovery times. The technology can also make lightweight porous solids or rough surfaces that promote bone growth.  A number of biocompatible, sterilizable materials, including stainless steel, cobalt chrome, titanium, polyamides, and polyaryletherketone (PEEK) are available for laser-sintering. The EOS booth will feature a broad array of existing products and prototypes in plastics and metals.

“Medical manufacturers worldwide have already discovered the benefits of one-off, best-fit designs,” says Martin Bullemer, EOS Business Development Manager Medical. “Going forward, they are pursuing validation and certification for in vivo applications.” For example, EOS  participated recently in a European Union-funded project to develop patient-matched, porous, PEEK craniofacial implants that encourage osteointegration with very good results to further develop this application.

Bullemer and Dr. Siavash H. Mahdavi of WITHIN Technologies Ltd. are giving a joint presentation titled “e-Manufacturing with Laser-Sintering for the Medical Device Industry” at the Innovation Briefs booth, #767 (1:30-1:55 p.m. Tuesday, June 7).

Also at the booth are two companies that apply emerging technologies to enhance laser-sintering applications: WITHIN Technologies Ltd., whose FEA/CAD optimization software works with plastic and DMLS systems to create strong, lightweight parts, including innovative, load-bearing lattice structures; and BESTinCLASS, a Swiss company known for its high-precision micromachining.

EOS was founded in 1989 and is today the world-leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems. Laser-sintering is the key technology for e-Manufacturing, the fast, flexible and cost-effective production of products, patterns and tools. The technology manufactures parts for every phase of the product life cycle, directly from electronic data. Laser-sintering accelerates product development and optimizes production processes. EOS completed its business year 2009/2010 with revenues of 64 million Euros (90.4 million US$). The company employs 300 people worldwide, 250 of them in Krailling near Munich, Germany.

For more information visit: www.eos.info

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Run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Formula Student challenges teams of undergraduates from around the world to design and build a single-seat racing car and compete at Silverstone against more than 100 other teams. The University of Warwick has participated every year for the past decade and in 2010 achieved its best ever race position – 22nd – thanks in no small part to extensive use of additive manufacture (AM).

In this respect, laser sintering machine and powder producer, EOS, has played a major role in helping the university to move up the field. Several years ago, an EOSINT P 380 was purchased to produce optimised plastic components for the race cars in short time frames. Then last year, for the first time, EOS in its role as technical partner contributed further by manufacturing and supplying laser sintered metal components.

The university is also fortunate to have on site WMG (formerly Warwick Manufacturing Group), which owns the EOS plastic processing machine installed in its International Manufacturing Centre. The group, which amongst other functions supports undergraduate and postgraduate projects, has also invested over the years in other AM machines. They include stereolithography and fused deposition modelling as well as EOS' sand sintering technology for casting.

Principal Teaching Fellow, Dr Steve Maggs, said, "With the help of laser sintered components made from titanium alloy, Inconel and alumide, last year's team managed to reduce the weight of the race car (fully fuelled) to 192 kg, 22 kg lighter than the previous year's car.

"The major advantage with AM is that the weight of each component can be optimised and parts can be produced quickly, late in the build process.

"The technology is perfect for concurrent engineering, which is essential for our students as each project time scale is relatively short, from October through to the following July.

"If parts are made in a rush shortly before the car is due to race, it will almost certainly add unnecessary weight, but this is avoided by exploiting the flexibility of layer-by-layer manufacture.

"We hope to make more extensive use of AM in the coming years. With the help of new designs and materials, it should allow us to achieve our target race car weight of 150 kg."

Lighter components and improved handling

In last year's car, there were three main areas where AM lowered the weight of components compared with the 2009 model. First, titanium alloy and carbon fibre replaced hardened steel in the production of the half shafts driving the two front wheels. Second, Inconel was substituted for steel tubing when producing the exhaust header. Third, laser sintered alumide, an aluminium-filled polyamide 12 powder, was used instead of a casting or fabrication for the induction system.

Driveshafts

Looking in more detail at the half shafts, their production used to be a headache for the university team, as finalisation of their design always came late in the build.

They were previously turned from hardened steel bar of approximately 20 mm diameter and then had a circlip groove and splines machined at both ends to mesh with the constant velocity (CV) joints. Replacing them in the 2010 car were shafts comprising end pieces with integral spines made from laser sintered EOS Titanium Ti64 alloy. They secured two ends of a 30 mm diameter, filament-wound, carbon fibre tubular shaft supplied by Crompton Technology Group.

David Cooper, who along with 11 other students chose the university's Formula Student entry as his final year project, graduated last year in mechanical engineering. He took up the story:

"Changing from steel to titanium and carbon fibre cut the weight of each half shaft by 70 per cent, from 1.35 to 0.4 kg, which amounted to a saving equivalent to one per cent of the car's total weight.

"In addition, less energy is required to rotate the lighter shaft, allowing better use of the power generated by the 510 cc single cylinder engine (KTM 525).

"It was notable that true net shape manufacture of the end pieces by EOS using its laser sintering technology resulted in a spline that fitted better than the previous machined version, with less play in the CV joints."

He went on to say that the lead time for producing the shafts was two weeks but now that the process is established, they could be manufactured in a couple of days. This compares favourably with the six to eight weeks typically needed to machine the shafts from steel bar. The transmission was not only put through its paces at Silverstone last year but has also undergone well over 100 hours of road testing, without any loss of performance or other adverse effects.

Exhaust header

EOS Inconel 718 powder was laser sintered to produce the exhaust header, which is the first stage in the exhaust system and has to withstand high temperatures and vibration. Previously, the part was made by bending tubular steel sections on a mandrel and welding them together.

Whereas the latter construction was necessarily of fixed wall thickness, the Inconel header has a section thickness that varies from 0.5 to 5.0 mm thanks to the application of HyperWorks modelling, analysis and simulation software from Altair Engineering. It allowed the volume of material in the header to be reduced, cutting the weight 40 per cent while maintaining performance.

Mr Cooper continued, "This benefit was only the start, as AM led to other significant improvements to the design of the car.

"The flexibility of design meant that the whole exhaust system could be redesigned and made shorter, leading to a total weight reduction from 4 to 3 kg.

"We were also able to drop the exhaust, including the 2 kg silencer box, by 500 mm from the middle of the car to the bottom, lowering the centre of gravity and noticeably improving handling around the track.

"F1 teams often make their exhaust manifolds by machining two blocks of Inconel and welding the halves together. So the weight- and time-saving AM technique, which produces a fully dense, corrosion resistant component that is robust and able to withstand high temperatures, may well be of interest to mainstream motor racing."

Induction system – and other alumide parts

It is difficult to optimise the shape and length of the car's induction system early in a Formula Student project, so it is advantageous to leave finalising the design until the last minute. For the university's entry last year, the plenum chamber and inlet runners were produced quickly from alumide powder in WMG's EOSINT P 380.

Again, layer-by-layer manufacture from the CAD model gave design flexibility while the polyamide and aluminium mixture produced a stiff structure. Little post processing was needed and the component only needed porosity sealing and painting. Weight was cut to under 1 kg, significantly lighter than the cast and fabricated induction systems used in previous years.

Other components on the car, especially late-configurable items, were designed on the fly and made from alumide to reduce weight. They included boxes for the electrics, cable clips, dashboard panelling and the rear light brackets. Mr Cooper pointed out that smaller parts such as the clips were made inside the void of the plenum chamber to maximise use of the P 380's build volume.

Not only do the Formula Student judges assess each car's speed, manoeuvrability and endurance, but they also appraise cost, business potential and aesthetics. In the latter respect AM has a big contribution to make, as it does not matter how complex a part is – it will be just as easy to manufacture as a simple one – so the degree of design freedom is almost limitless. Similarly, it is immaterial if each clip, say, is slightly different from the next, as there is no penalty in manufacturing cost or time.

Described as a breeding ground for world class engineers, Formula Student's key aims are to inspire the next generation and address the skills shortage.  It achieves this by providing crucial practical experience and transferable skills that can be used in a diverse range of industries. AM is a core technology that is destined for growth across all sectors.

About EOS

EOS was founded in 1989 and is today the world's leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems. Laser-sintering is the key technology for e-Manufacturing, the fast, flexible and cost effective production of products, patterns and tools. The technology manufactures parts for every phase of the product life cycle, directly from electronic data. Laser-sintering accelerates product development and optimises production processes. EOS completed its business year 2009/2010 with revenues of 64 million Euros. The company employs 300 people worldwide, 250 of them in Krailling near Munich, Germany. For more information visit: www.eos.info


About WMG

WMG, formerly known as Warwick Manufacturing Group, was founded by Professor Lord Bhattacharyya in 1980 in order to reinvigorate UK manufacturing.  Its mission is to improve the competitiveness of companies through the application of value adding innovation, new technologies and skills deployment, bringing academic rigour to industrial and organisational practice.

It is an international group with collaborative centres in the UK, China, India, Malaysia, Russia, Singapore and Thailand.  As an academic department of the University of Warwick, it occupies a unique position between academia and industry.  Its success over the past 30 years is the result of cutting edge research and effective knowledge transfer, working with global companies to develop innovative products and processes to real world problems.  The strength of its expertise spans three capability areas: digital technologies; materials and manufacturing plus operations and business management.

It is an international centre for world class management studies, offering unrivalled postgraduate and professional education programmes. Collaborating with over 500 UK companies, it has developed a focused programme based on real world scenarios that enables managers and leaders to succeed in a constantly changing global environment. For more information visit: www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/wmg

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The first North American public unveiling of the new EOSINT M 280, EOS’ most advanced direct metal laser-sintering (DMLS) system, is at Booth #202 at the RAPID 2011 show (May 24-26, Minneapolis, Minnesota). Innovative process and control features of the M 280 complete the evolution of DMLS systems into full-fledged production tools for the economical, batch-size, optimized manufacture of parts at all stages from prototyping through finished product.

“Our newest system reflects a growing demand, led by precision-driven industries such as aerospace and medical manufacturing, for laser-sintering as a proven production method,” says Andy Snow, Regional Sales Director at EOS of North America. “The M 280 can build fully functional parts in a wide range of materials, with standardization and quality assurance capabilities on a par with those of traditional processes.”

The new DMLS equipment expands on the capabilities of the EOSINT M 270, currently the leading system on the market for additive layer manufacturing of metal components. Among the features of the M 280 of particular value for creating end-use parts are:

* Either a 200- or a 400-watt solid-state laser for targeted radiation and consistently accurate performance
* Laser Power Monitoring (LPM) to control the build process
* The ability to use either nitrogen or argon protective atmospheres. This allows the machine to manufacture in light metals, tooling steel, and super alloys that include titanium, aluminum, cobalt chrome, and Inconel.

Available options for controlled manufacturing, such as Part Property Profiles for standardized production and Integrated Process Chain Management modules, can be added to the M 280 at any time.

In addition to introducing a DMLS system that is focused on the needs of manufacturers, EOS is also exhibiting recently developed metal and plastic materials for specialized industrial uses:

-EOS NickelAlloy IN625.  Material properties such as high tensile strength, excellent processability and good corrosion resistance make this super alloy highly suited for use in aerospace, chemical, motor sport and marine industry applications.

-PrimePart FR (PA 2241 FR).  This material is flame-retardant and particularly suitable for aerospace. Based on PA 12 polyamide, it has an 11 percent elongation at break—significantly higher than its predecessor, PA 2210FR. It also has a lower refresh rate (ratio of new to re-used powder), offering cost savings and environmental benefits.

-PrimePart ST (PEBA).  This flexible elastomeric polyether block amide has unique customizable mechanical properties. Different laser-exposure strategies can be used to create either hard or soft components. PrimePart ST has an excellent refresh rate, making it an environmentally favorable alternative to other flexible materials for laser-sintering. With this plastic, previously impossible laser-sintered applications, such as flexible fasteners, seals or buffers, are possible.

EOS is highlighting two companies that apply emerging technologies to enhance laser-sintering applications: WITHIN Technologies Ltd., whose FEA/CAD optimization software works with plastic and DMLS systems to create strong, lightweight parts, including innovative, load-bearing lattice structures; and BESTinCLASS, a Swiss company known for its high-precision micromachining.

An EOS FORMIGA P 100 for plastics laser-sintering will be in operation at the company’s booth as well.

EOS will hold its EOS of North America User Day (EOS NAUD) on May 23, 2011, the day before the RAPID exposition begins and in the same location as the show.

EOS was founded in 1989 and is today the world-leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems. Laser-sintering is the key technology for e-Manufacturing, the fast, flexible and cost-effective production of products, patterns and tools. The technology manufactures parts for every phase of the product life cycle, directly from electronic data. Laser-sintering accelerates product development and optimizes production processes. EOS completed its business year 2009/2010 with revenues of 64 million Euros (90.4 million US$). The company employs 300 people worldwide, 250 of them in Krailling near Munich, Germany.

For more information visit: www.eos.info

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Advanced Laser Materials (ALM)  announced today that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Integra Services. ALM, a developer and manufacturer of materials for rapid manufacturing, has been affiliated with EOS, the world leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems, since 2009.  Under the agreement, ALM will act as a majority shareholder obtaining 51 percent of the Integra shares. This collaboration should offer immediate benefit to the laser sintering community in the US by offering a combination of excellent equipment service and materials application, support and development to users of all laser sintering platforms.

Johann Oberhofer, Chief Operating Officer of EOS emphasizes: “Two years ago we found a perfect partner in ALM. We anticipate that working with Integra will complement our existing capabilities: the provision of technology and support for customers who manufacture high quality parts – both in prototyping and manufacturing."

Donnie Vanelli, President of ALM, LLC adds: “The strategic partnership with EOS, has allowed both EOS and ALM to make a large step forward in the transition of laser-sintering from rapid prototyping to rapid manufacturing. ALM provides custom materials for the emerging rapid manufacturing area in partnership with EOS. The strategic partnership between Integra, ALM, and EOS will allow complete custom  digital manufacturing solutions for the industry, including integrated platforms, materials and services. The EOS Group will now have complete material and service packages for all Laser Sintering platforms in North America with a strong focus on materials development research and responsive service.

Lance Shanklin, President of Integra adds: “The collaboration with a strong partner like EOS will improve  our growth potential significantly for the future and open new opportunities to provide increased support to our customers.  Benefiting from EOS intellectual property portfolio, we can complement and expand our hardware, service, and material offerings."

For more information visit: www.alm-llc.com / www.integra-support.com / www.eos.info

At their booth in hall 4.1, booth F48, EOS, the leading supplier of laser-sintering systems, will be showcasing advanced e-Manufacturing solutions for dental models at this year’s International Dental Show (IDS) show taking place in Cologne/Germany March 22 till 26, 2011.

Dental models for the appropriate restoration of dental prostheses and for checking the occlusion have long been manufactured through time-consuming production and preparation of cast dental impressions. Currently, though, dental technology is undergoing a radical shift as well as a process of industrialization and automation for the manufacture of dental models.

Rise of new dental CAD/CAM applications enable digital manufacturing of dental models

The further development of dental CAD/CAM applications with new impression and intraoral scanners will make it possible to send high-quality data directly to the processing centre. The only thing missing would be a dental model for occlusion testing and post-processing, or a fixation device for use during veneering. Such a model can be laser-sintered on a FORMIGA P 100 from PA 2105, a top-quality plastic, on the basis of already available data. Consequently, laser-sintering provides a complete solution for the manufacture of dental prostheses.

It is already quite common for the patient’s oral situation to be assessed digitally by means of intraoral scanners or by means of model scanning. This affects important subsequent processing and production steps such as the production of dental restorations as well as dental models. This digital three dimensional data can be processed directly and without a moulding-induced loss in precision by means of metal laser-sintering, for example in order to produce dental crowns and bridges. A second set of data contains the digital description of the dental model, ready for polymer laser-sintering. Both of these forms of individualized series production are based on e-manufacturing via laser-sintering. Martin Bullemer, Business Development Manager Medical at EOS adds: “Laser-sintered dental models offer a whole range of advantages when compared to conventionally manufactured ones. The digital e-Manufacturing process ensures a high model precision for the precision of the prosthesis fit.”

Technological centrepiece of plastic dental e-Manufacturing: FORMIGA P 100

Polymer laser-sintering is an additive layer manufacturing method. To enable its use for manufacturing dental models, the three dimensional data is sliced into layers. Using these as a model, the system produces the model in layers by fusing plastic powder using a laser. The technological centrepiece of dental e-Manufacturing is the FORMIGA P 100 – the leading plastic laser-sintering system in the compact class. With an overall building volume of 200 mm x 250 mm x 330 mm the system can produce, for example in three stacked layers up to fifty single dental models within ten hours. Its economical and flexible design permits the system to be ideally integrated into dental lab workflows for a comparatively low investment cost. Operating this laser-sintering system requires personnel only for loading and unpacking the machine. As such, it is a very reliable process which at the same time helps to conserve resources through the reuse of powder not fused.

The laser-sintered dental model requires no manual finishing because no support structures are needed. At the same time it is a highly cost-efficient and time saving process due to the production of a hollow model and multilayer building. The FORMIGA P 100 produces a plastic model that is used both for checking prostheses quality, for veneering and production of dental prosthesis. Moreover, it is possible to generate models for analysis.

PA 2105: Coloured plastic material for series production

PA 2105 is a pigmented polyamide-12 powder for the manufacturing of laser-sintered dental models that are based on the colour of the plastics used in conventional manufacturing. The usual colour contrast with the dental prosthesis eases the veneering of the dental prostheses. At the same time, the high mechanical strength and thermal stability enable optimal fit control and veneering of the dental prostheses. The laser-sintered model can ensure abrasion resistance despite frequent prosthesis insertion and removal.

Bullemer concludes: “Thanks to this efficient production method – the dental model is ideally produced in parallel with the associated crown or bridge – the complete manufacturing process is shortened by an average of one working day.”

For more information visit: www.eos.info

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At this year’s LAB DAY Chicago (Feb. 25-26, Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers), EOS-Electro Optical Systems, the world-leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems, is proud to present two clinics, titled “Producing Bridges, Copings, Implants and Models from CAD Data Via Laser-Sintering.” The sessions mark the first time at LAB DAY that EOS has presented clinics approved for 1.5 Scientific Certified Dental Technician (CDT) Credits. They will be held in Hospitality Suite 930 on Saturday, Feb. 26, from 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. and again from 10:30 a.m.-noon.

The clinics will afford dental technicians the opportunity to learn about direct metal laser-sintering (DMLS) as a cost-saving, efficient alternative to traditional casting methods for copings, bridges, and implants. They will also explore plastics laser-sintering for modeling for, among other things, post-processing restorations. Thomas Thiel, Master Dental Technologist, will conduct the clinics.

Thiel, an EOS engineer, dental applications division, has previously worked in commercial laboratories specializing in crown and bridge, combined removable partial dentures, implants and ceramics. He has also worked as a trainer at Bremen-based BEGO, one of the leading dental companies worldwide, spearheading various dental clinics.

“Laser-sintering is gaining widespread acceptance as a manufacturing and modeling tool throughout the dental industry,” Thiel notes. “Our presentation of this accredited class is one more example of that, and will promote additional adoption by laboratories that wish to benefit from our mass customization and batch manufacturing capabilities.” In addition to biocompatible cobalt-chrome copings and bridges, EOS DMLS systems are used for titanium implants with controlled porous surfaces that promote osteointegration. These implants are currently CE-certified in Europe and are undergoing FDA approval in the USA.  

An additive manufacturing technology, laser-sintering uses CAD and other 3D digital data to build parts layer-by-layer. DMLS equipment can run unattended to produce about 450 individually designed bridges and crowns for porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) restorations in 24 hours. In contrast, with the traditional lost-wax casting process, a dental technician can only produce about 20.

EOS will also showcase samples of dental products at its exhibit during LAB DAY.

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At this year’s American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) annual meeting, EOS, the world-leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems, has a working direct metal laser-sintering system (DMLS) in operation at their booth (#2656) with a variety of plastic and metal medical devices on display. Parts exhibited include customized surgical drill guides reflecting patient-specific geometry, bone rasp samples, and prototype stainless steel surgical tools. The latest test results for customized PEEK implant manufacturing will be available. The show runs February 15-19 at the San Diego (California) Convention Center.

“Our offerings at the AAOS meeting demonstrate just how mature laser-sintering is now,” says Martin Bullemer, EOS manager for medical business development. “Metal and plastics laser-sintering have clearly become enabling technologies for medical products.” Bullemer will be available at the booth for interviews.

EOS plastic and metal laser-sintering systems allow medical designers to tailor parts specifically for doctors and patients using 3D data generated by MRI, CT, and/or CAD. Modern data preparation software in combination with laser-sintering can be used to create complex geometries, porous surfaces suitable for better osteointegration or lightweight structures to promote better patient comfort.

Other EOS-related activities at the AAOS meeting include:

* Morris Technologies Inc., exhibiting in Booth #2655 across the aisle from EOS, announced that, in collaboration with Kapstone Medical, they will soon file with the FDA for 510(k) pre-market notification for the first DMLS-generated titanium implant.

Says Chuck Hansford, Morris vice president of the medical business unit, “We are in the final mechanical and biocompatible testing stages with a Ti 64 ELI implant made with material from EOS. We hope to submit our application before the end of the first quarter of this year.” For more information, go to www.morristech.com

* WITHIN Technologies Ltd will be visiting the show. Their FEA/CAD optimization software works in tandem with plastic and metal laser-sintering systems, such as those from EOS, to create strong, lightweight parts including innovative lattice structures.

“Additive manufacturing provides the design freedom to create components you can’t produce any other way,” says WITHIN’s Dr. Sia H. Mahdavi. “Much as CAD systems have manufacturability aids developed specifically for processes such as injection molding and casting, our software identifies the optimum solution to each design challenge and helps manufacturers maximize what laser-sintering machines do best.”  To learn more, go to www.within-lab.com

About EOS

EOS was founded in 1989 and is today the world-leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems. Laser-sintering is the key technology for e-Manufacturing, the fast, flexible and cost-effective production of products, patterns and tools. The technology manufactures parts for every phase of the product life cycle, directly from electronic data. Laser-sintering accelerates product development and optimizes production processes. EOS completed its business year 2009/2010 with revenues of 64 million Euros. The company employs 300 people worldwide, 250 of them in Krailling near Munich, Germany. For more information visit www.eos.info

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The first PEEK craniofacial test implants to be produced with laser-sintering will be presented by EOS, the world-leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems, at the co-located Pacific Design & Manufacturing/MD&M West shows at the Anaheim, California Convention Center, February 8-10, 2011.

EOS’ Collaborative Projects Coordinator, Joerg Lenz, will deliver a previously unpublished technical paper on the results of a European Union-funded project called Custom-IMD (www.customimd.eu) on plastic implants, titled “Laser Sintering of PEEK,” during afternoon Session 303 on Wednesday, February 9th.  The test implants were fabricated in Germany using the EOSINT P 800 system (the first laser-sintering system worldwide operating at up to 385 degrees C for processing high-performance polymers). The implants will be on display at EOS booth #3600 after Lenz’s presentation.

High-temperature, biocompatible PEEK (Polyaryletherketone) material is increasingly being used as an alternative to titanium for craniofacial implants (produced from CT-scan geometry) for patients with head injuries or congenital deformities. Lenz’s paper documents the first validated in vivo

Conventional manufacturing technology can’t produce patient-customized craniofacial implants, either titanium or PEEK, as economically or in as short a time span as laser-sintering,” says Lenz. “What’s more, EOS technology has enabled us to develop a specific geometry that can only be realized using additive manufacturing. This new design incorporates a mesh scaffold that promotes improved bone growth and optimizes infiltration with a hydroxyapatite-filled, bio-absorbable polymer.”  The implants displayed at the EOS booth will include one filled with the polymer.

Lenz serves on a number of international standardization organizations, including ASTM Committee F42 on additive manufacturing technologies. PEEK-implant animal studies continue through the EU-funded project, and human trials are planned for the future. The current implant was designed by a team at AZM (the University Hospital Maastricht, The Netherlands) headed by Dr. Jules Poukens. A patent for the network of holes in the unique mesh scaffold has been applied for.

Scott Killian of Royal Engineered Composites, the first American user of the P 800, will also be at the EOS booth to discuss his company’s use of the machine and show sample geometries of PEEK medical and aerospace parts. There will be a working FORMIGA P 100 laser-sintering system at the booth as well as metal parts produced with direct metal laser-sintering (DMLS).  Lenz and Killian are both available for interviews.

About EOS

EOS was founded in 1989 and is today the world-leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems. Laser-sintering is the key technology for e-Manufacturing, the fast, flexible and cost-effective production of products, patterns and tools. The technology manufactures parts for every phase of the product life cycle, directly from electronic data. Laser-sintering accelerates product development and optimizes production processes. EOS completed its business year 2009/2010 with revenues of 64 million Euros. The company employs 300 people worldwide, 250 of them in Krailling near Munich, Germany. For more information visit www.eos.info

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This year’s Wohlers Report on the state of the additive manufacturing (AM) industry includes a striking statistic: When global service providers were asked which technology they would most likely add, the most popular response was laser-sintering from EOS, followed by PolyJet from Objet and FDM from Stratasys, according to (see chart below).

For 15 years, Wohlers Associates has compiled an annual comprehensive report on the advances in additive manufacturing technologies and applications. The 2010 report includes field information that provides an extensive overview of the current state of the industry. “We sent our survey to 150 service providers from around the world,” said Terry Wohlers, principal consultant and president of Wohlers Associates. “One of the questions we asked was, ‘If you were going to add a new AM technology, which one would you most likely acquire?’ We gave them 21 systems to choose from, plus an “Other” option. Sixty-four organizations from 18 countries—responded, and the data revealed that 40.4 percent of those chose laser-sintering from EOS over everything else.”

Chuck Alexander, Director of Additive Manufacturing at Solid Concepts (Valencia, CA), suggests several possible reasons for the survey results. “We’ve seen firsthand the accuracy, reliability and minimal downtime of EOS laser-sintering systems,” he says. “The company’s wide range of plastic and metal materials may also appeal to service bureaus looking to expand what they offer customers.”

About Wohlers Associates

Wohlers Associates, Inc. is a 24-year old independent consulting firm in Fort Collins, Colorado. The company provides technical and strategic consulting on the new developments and trends in rapid product development and additive manufacturing. Much of this guidance deals with industrial applications, hidden costs, what works and what does not, industry trends, and growth forecasts. The company also assists with acquisitions, partnerships, product positioning, competitive issues, investment, and whether to enter a particular market segment. The company's past work has involved more than 160 client organizations in 22 countries around the world.

About EOS

EOS was founded in 1989 and is today the world-leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems. Laser-sintering is the key technology for e-Manufacturing, the fast, flexible and cost-effective production of products, patterns and tools. The technology manufactures parts for every phase of the product life cycle, directly from electronic data. Laser-sintering accelerates product development and optimizes production processes. EOS completed its business year 2009/2010 with revenues of 64 million Euros. The company employs 300 people worldwide, 250 of them in Krailling near Munich, Germany. For more information visit www.eos.info

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EOS, the world leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems, once again presents its e-Manufacturing solutions at EuroMold in Frankfurt. EOS showcases the range of its portfolio with two operating systems at the booth - an EOSINT P 395 for plastic laser-sintering and the unveiling of the enhanced Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) solution, the EOSINT M 280. In addition, EOS introduces a series of new plastic and metal materials, which confirms, once more, the quality leadership role of EOS. Based on the materials, completely new fields of application can be developed, costs can be reduced and customer requirements can be served in an ideal way.

Peter Klink, Executive Vice President Global Sales at EOS, adds: "Very often, the development of new materials is based on a close dialogue with our customers. These developments help to solve their challenges in production while reducing production costs. In addition, these new materials open up completely new fields of application." For example, at EuroMold, EOS introduces a new metal material to the market, EOS NickelAlloy IN625.  For plastic, EOS debuts two new materials: PrimePart FR (PA 2241 FR) and PrimePart ST (PEBA 2301).

Versatile metal material: EOS NickelAlloy IN625

The new material EOS NickelAlloy IN625 is very versatile. Its ideal material properties, such as its high tensile strength, its excellent processability and its eminent and uniform corrosion resistance, make it ideally suited for use in aerospace, chemical, motor sport and marine industry applications.

In fact, first applications show promising results: Greg Morris, CEO of Morris Technologies, notes: “We are using IN625 with DMLS to build complex aerospace parts for high-temperature and high-strength applications. The process achieves material properties that are comparable to wrought metals and far exceed casting.  For prototyping projects, DMLS saves our customers weeks and often thousands of dollars compared with traditional methodologies.”

Flame-retardant material: PrimePart FR (PA 2241 FR)

PrimePart FR (PA 2241 FR) is a new, flame-retardant material that is particularly suitable for applications in the aerospace industry. This material, based on PA 12 polyamide, has an 11 percent elongation at break, which is significantly higher than its predecessor material PA 2210FR. Also, due to its better refresh rate, PrimePart FR offers increased economic and ecological benefits.

Flexible with unique material properties: PrimePart ST (PEBA 2301)

PrimePart ST is a flexible elastomeric material, offering a wide-range of mechanical properties depending on the laser-exposure strategy selected. Via the process control, the material can be converted into a hard- or a soft-type component. The material has an excellent refresh rate making it a valid ecological alternative compared to conventional flexible materials for laser-sintering. Due to its resilience, PrimePart ST opens up new fields of application, such as flexible fasteners, seals or buffers.

Part Property Management (PPM): Standards for e-Manufacturing

EuroMold 2010 marks the one year anniversary of the successful launch of the EOS Part Property Management (PPM). The PPM offers major advantages for e-Manufacturing by providing standards to ensure reliable and repeatable quality in laser-sintering. At any time, the designer has access to standardized property profiles and corresponding material properties and, therefore, the user-based decision-making and production processes become more efficient and transparent.  As a result, builds are more easily repeatable.

Based on increasingly automated data processing and a more flexible production planning in manufacturing, the PPM results in an increased efficiency and reduced costs, at the same time allowing for optimized and transparent quality assurance processes. As such, laser-sintering becomes a competitive and cost-effective manufacturing method for plastic and metal parts. The PPM is further evolving, resulting in the possibility of integrating customer-specific process parameters into the concept in the future.

About EOS

EOS was founded in 1989 and is today the world leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems. Laser-sintering is the key technology for e-Manufacturing, the fast, flexible and cost effective production of products, patterns and tools. The technology manufactures parts for every phase of the product life cycle, directly from electronic data. Laser-sintering accelerates product development and optimizes production processes. EOS completed its business year 2009/2010 with revenues of 64 million Euros. The company employs 300 people worldwide, 250 of them in Krailling near Munich, Germany. For more information visit www.eos.info.

Pictures (under “Press Material”) and further information (under “Press Releases”) you find under http://www.eos.info/en/news-events.html

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EOS, world leading manufacturer of laser-sinter systems, will be showcasing its solution portfolio again at this year’s EuroMold (December 1 - 4, 2010) in hall 11, booth C08. With the EOSINT M 280, EOS this year launches a further improved version of its market leading additive manufacturing systems for metals. Peter Klink, Executive Vice President Global Sales at EOS, states: „The new system sets new standards in terms of part quality and reproducibility, at the same time improving cost-effectiveness and user-friendliness. The EOSINT M 280 adopts all features and advantages of the well-established EOSINT M 270 system, and makes it even more attractive for a wide range of demanding applications including tooling and series production.“

EOS pioneered direct additive manufacturing of metals in 1995 with the introduction of the EOSINT M 250 system. Since then EOS has continuously updated and further developed this product line. The EOSINT M 270 is in the meantime by far the best-selling metal additive manufacturing system and has gained a strong reputation for producing best quality parts. To date EOS has sold about 270 metal systems. Numerous users are already using the EOSINT M 270 for series production in a variety of fields, including medical products and tooling. Many other users are actively qualifying the technology for their production. Based on feedback from many of these customers as well as its own innovative ideas, EOS has now further significantly developed the technology with its EOSINT M 280.

400 Watt laser for increased build speed and productivity

The new system EOSINT M 280 is available with either the same 200 Watt fibre laser which was pioneered by EOS with the EOSINT M 270, or with a 400 Watt fibre laser option. This higher power laser can melt more metal powder per second, thus achieving shorter build times and higher system productivity. For example, an injection moulding core will be displayed at EuroMold which was built in less than half the time compared to EOSINT M 270.

Especially for heavy use in a manufacturing environment, this enables significantly reduced costs-per-part, thereby increasing the competitiveness of laser-sintering compared to other technologies and opening up new viable application areas.

Increased build height expands applications range

Another improvement of the EOSINT M 280 compared to its predecessor is the increase of the maximum building height up to 325 mm. This enables taller parts to be placed in the process chamber, again expanding the application areas. This is particularly interesting for hybrid part building, a concept which EOS introduced in the 1990s for prototype tooling. In the hybrid process, complex parts are produced by building additional material on top of a prefabricated part.

Optimized gas management: robust process for increased reproducibility

Based on extensive process investigations and supported by fluid dynamics simulations, EOS has optimized the gas management system of the EOSINT M 280. A high-velocity laminar flow of protective gas across the entire build area, combined with the high-capacity recirculating filter system, ensures even more uniform process conditions. As a result, stable melting behaviour is ensured even over long periods of time and with higher laser power. This results in further improved reproducibility of the part properties. The system therefore offers an excellent platform for further material and process developments. It also supports processes both under nitrogen gas atmosphere, created by compressed air via an integrated nitrogen generator, as well as under argon gas. Moreover, further improvements in the gas management system enable a reduction of the gas consumption and a prolonged filter lifetime, which further improve the cost-effectiveness and user-friendliness of the system.

Part Property Management based on thorough process development

Based on intensive process and application developments, EOS has established high standards in recent years. The new EOSINT M 280 builds on the Part Property Management concept, which was introduced at last year’s EuroMold and emphasizes the quality leadership of EOS. It enables a standardisation und comparability of building processes, based on the so-called Part Property Profiles (PPP). By ensuring a consistent quality assurance along the entire process chain, EOS enables machine users to reliably produce parts based on defined material and part properties.

The EOSINT M 280 supports all the materials of its predecessor, with the same or with optimized parameter sets. Currently, EOS offers ten series materials, including the most recent material EOS NickelAlloy IN625. For the 400 Watt option new, faster parameter sets with corresponding Part Property Profiles will be introduced. Customers can either use the pre-qualified EOS parameter sets or develop and modify their own.

Further system improvements

As with previous models, the system configuration can be adapted to different customer needs through a variety of options and accessories. The so-called Laser Power Monitoring (LPM) monitors the laser power during the building process and reports the compliance with the specifications or warns of any deviations. With the base module of the EOSTATE 1.2 software the machine status can be monitored. Additional EOSTATE modules Quality Assurance, Controlling and MPM (Machine Park Management) are also available. They allow a statistical overview of the built jobs and parts over freely selectable periods of time. Integrated Process Chain Management (IPCM) modules offer optimized powder and part handling, thus ensuring an increased productivity, quality and usability. These can be added at any time. In addition, EOS plans to introduce an optional glove box to enable the parts to be freed from powder inside a closed process chamber environment.

About EOS

EOS was founded in 1989 and is today the world leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems. Laser-sintering is the key technology for e-Manufacturing, the fast, flexible and cost effective production of products, patterns and tools. The technology manufactures parts for every phase of the product life cycle, directly from electronic data. Laser-sintering accelerates product development and optimizes production processes. EOS completed its business year 2009/2010 with revenues of 64 million Euros. The company employs 300 people worldwide, 250 of them in Krailling near Munich, Germany. For more information visit www.eos.info.

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EOS, the world leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems, once again presents its e-Manufacturing solutions at EuroMold in Frankfurt. EOS illustrates the range of its portfolio with metal and plastic laser-sintering systems operating in the new hall 11, booth C08. With the introduction of a further improved system and new metal materials, the company is responding to the requirements of the market by providing solutions that increase productivity and improve efficiency and process quality, especially in the field of series production where the market demands quality- and cost-effective solutions.

“At EuroMold, EOS’ introduction of an enhanced system for Direct Metal Laser-Sintering (DMLS) sets new standards in terms of part quality and repeatability, while providing a higher cost efficiency and improved usability,” says Peter Klink, Executive Vice President Global Sales at EOS.

"At the same time, the debut of new EOS materials further expands our quality leadership function. Very often, the development of these materials is based on a dialogue with our customers. Together we can solve their challenges in production. In addition, tthese new materials open up completely new fields of application,” adds Klink.

For metal materials, EOS presents EOS NickelAlloy IN625. Inconel 625 is particularly used in the aerospace industry. EOS also introduces two new plastic materials: Prime Part FR (PA 2241 FR) - a new, non-flammable material, especially for the aerospace industry - and PrimePart ST (PEBA 2301) – a flexible plastic, that, due to its special material properties, creates unlimited applications.

Additionally, EOS Part Property Profiles (PPP) for standardized and comparable quality of e-Manufacturing in the plastics sector is successfully used in production since last year’s announcement at EuroMold 2009. Now, in 2010, the first PPPs are available for the metal sector. In addition, EOS will further develop the appropriate concept of Part Property Management (PPM).

We kindly invite you to the EOS press conference on Dec. 1, 2010 at 14.00 h on the EOS boothwww.eos.info/interview. If you wish to arrange an interview with EOS at EuroMold 2010 please arrange an appointment in advance with Claudia Jordan (see contact details below).

About EOS

EOS was founded in 1989 and is today the world leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems. Laser-sintering is the key technology for e-Manufacturing, the fast, flexible and cost effective production of products, patterns and tools. The technology manufactures parts for every phase of the product life cycle, directly from electronic data. Laser-sintering accelerates product development and optimizes production processes. EOS completed its business year 2008/2009 with revenues of approximately 60 million Euros. The company employs 300 people worldwide, 250 of them in Krailling near Munich, Germany. For more information visit www.eos.info.

Contact:
EOS Electro Optical Systems GmbH
Claudia Jordan
Group Manager Marketing Communications
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As of October 4, 2010 EOS, the world leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems, opens up a new office in Gothenburg, Sweden and appointed Anders Rydén as the new EOS Regional Manager for the Nordic and Baltic region. Operating from the Chalmers Innovation Business Park located in Gothenburg, EOS Nordic and Anders Rydén represent EOS in Scandinavia, Finland and the Baltic markets. EOS Nordic and Baltic also provides Field Service by 3 engineers with up to 10 years of experience in serving EOS equipment.

e-Manufacturing with laser-sintering is currently revolutionizing manufacturing processes. It enables Design Driven Manufacturing which adds flexibility to both product development and manufacturing. Designers can produce geometries that, up until now, were impossible to build or only at tremendous costs and it enables a tool-free production. This can help clients to secure a competitive advantage in many industries because the technology meets their most demanding challenges, such as the need for complex, high value products, a need to customize, ever shortening product life cycles and customer demands that are hard to anticipate. As such, the EOS technology already meets the complex and ever growing demands from industries such as medical (and dental in particular), aerospace, automotive, tooling, to name but a few.

EOS Nordic AB will host an Open Day on the 19th/20th October in the premises of the new subsidiary. Customers and prospects are cordially invited to visit the new subsidiary in observance of this event and to get an update about the latest developments at and market segments of EOS. Please use the registration form as follows: http://www.eos.info/news-events/registration-eos-nordic.html

The contact details of this new EOS office are as follows:

EOS Electro Optical Systems Nordic AB
Anders Rydén
Regional Manager Nordic and Baltic
Stena Center 1 C
41292 Gothenburg
Sweden
Tel.: (+46) 31 760 46 40
Fax: (+46) 31 772 80 88
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Markus Glasser, Regional Director Export Business states: “With the new office established under Ander’s lead EOS will ensure to operate as close to the local client as possible. In addition, we see a tremendous market potential in these regions and are confident that this local presence will help us to grow our business here.”

Anders Rydén, who contributes extensive experience within product planning, product development, marketing and sales of advanced 3D CAD solutions into complex client organizations, adds: “I am very happy to be on board at such an innovative company and accept the challenge to identify, grow and maintain a profitable sales network for the regions under my responsibility. I personally and we at EOS believe that the laser-sintering technology does enable a design driven manufacturing and that it can facilitate paradigm shifts in manufacturing in a lot of industries. Now it will be my duty to explain to these communities which benefits the technology can offer to them.”

We also kindly invite you to visit us on K-fair (Oct. 27 – Nov. 3, 2010) in Dusseldorf, Germany. You find us in hall 2, booth #E23. If you are interested in conducting an interview on the booth, feel free to contact Claudia Jordan (details below).

About EOS

EOS was founded in 1989 and is today the world leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems. Laser-sintering is the key technology for e-Manufacturing, the fast, flexible and cost-effective production of products, patterns and tools. The technology manufactures parts for every phase of the product life cycle, directly from electronic data. Laser-sintering accelerates product development and optimizes production processes. EOS completed its business year 2008/2009 with revenues of approximately 60 million Euros. The company employs 300 people worldwide, 250 of them in Krailling near Munich, Germany. For more information, please visit www.eos.info.

Contacts:

EOS GmbH Electro Optical Systems
Claudia Jordan
Group Manager Marketing Communications
Tel.: (+49) 89 893 36 134
Fax: (+49) 89 893 36 284
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At the International K Trade Fair for the plastics and rubber industry (Oct. 27 – Nov. 3, 2010, Düsseldorf), EOS will showcase their e-Manufacturing solutions at a joint booth with LBC and Materialise (Hall 2, Booth 2E23). EOS will demonstrate the extent of its portfolio with two laser-sintering systems at the booth—the EOSINT M 270 for metals and the FORMIGA P 100 for plastics.

Peter Klink, Executive Vice President Sales at EOS, says: "As a solution provider, at the K Fair we will showcase trendsetting approaches for serial tooling, such as conformal cooling channels. Moreover, we will present a product range that reflects the strengths of our technology for all batch sizes, showing how the design determines the production process (Design Driven Manufacturing); how functional integration enables design freedom and cost reduction; and how the ability to design and manufacture highly individualized products promote the development of new business areas."

Tooling: significantly reducing cycle times, providing improved part quality and achieving significant cost savings

Current injection-moulding processes can be improved significantly with EOS’ optimized cooling innovations. During production, component-specific conformal cooling channels are directly integrated into a tooling insert. These channels provide extremely efficient cooling, reducing the cycle time dramatically and creating several obvious advantages, among them better quality parts in shorter production times. Conformal cooling provides lower per-unit costs and, with regard to sustainability, lower energy consumption per product unit.

Ralph Mayer, CEO of LaserBearbeitungsCenter (LBC), adds: "EOS technology is on a fast track to become the reference technology for tooling. We have been using it successfully for years. The basis for optimized tools is the design layout and engineering of the entire tool. This is of great importance particularly for manufacturing serial tools, where it provides us and our customers with a competitive advantage. We make sure that the added value stays with the mould-maker and the cost of our services are kept as low as possible."

Individualized end products and sophisticated functional integration

Regardless of market segment, there is currently a demand for ever-increasing product customization. This is especially true for the medical industry. EOS e-Manufacturing partner Materialise produces patient-specific drill guides for surgical procedures—for example, knee implants—with EOS layer-manufacturing technology. To ensure crucial precision and quality for surgical procedures, the following are required: a high repetitive accuracy of the manufacturing process, integrated software solutions for designing drill guides, and a proficient handling of customer-specific data and parts.

John Pauwels, Director of Operations at Materialise Software, comments: "Our goal is to provide an economically acceptable method for the production of customized surgical guides. For that reason, intensive pre-surgical planning is necessary, and a number of factors need to be considered and seamlessly combined, among them patient-specific anatomy, highly automated data handling and individual logistics. Most importantly, a procedure such as laser-sintering ensures the efficient production of customized components."

Energy-efficient process chains

EOS works with its customers to analyse the process chains of their products, including energy consumption. This involves both production and utilization phases (life cycle analysis). Current analyses suggest that energy savings can be created in the course of laser-sintering as well as later in the life cycle. Already, applications such as conformal cooling channels have shown a cycle time reduction of up to 60 percent, which promotes lower energy consumption.

High-quality plastic parts

Reliable part quality is crucial in choosing a manufacturing process. EOS monitors, supports and documents process assurance, part quality and traceability with its Integrated Quality Management System (IQMS). EOS then takes quality to the next level with its Part Property Management (PPM) concept. Based on the Part Property Profiles (PPP), EOS ensures standardization and comparability of building processes and results that provide designers and users with a reliable tool.

The quality of the finished, fully functional parts, as well as the productivity of the systems used, their high degree of automation, and the professional material handling and ergonomic peripherals make EOS’ laser-sintering technology an ideal production tool for economic, lot-oriented part production.

For an interview at the booth and/or press information, please contact Claudia Jordan (see contacts details below).

About the LaserBearbeitungsCenter (LBC)

Kornwestheim-based LBC makes the full scope of modern laser technologies available to its clients. With its know-how, especially in the mould-making sector, the company offers its services for a number of process chain steps: Engineering (simulation, design, design revision) of tools and tooling inserts; manufacturing via laser sintering of moulding blanks or moulds with optimized conformal cooling; 3D laser engraving for tools; and direct labelling of composites. LBC currently employs three EOSINT M270 systems and has a track record of more than six years of user experience in the field of additive production.

About Materialise

With its headquarters in Leuven, Belgium and branches all over the world, the Materialise Group is best known for its activities in the field of rapid industrial and medical prototyping. Apart from having the largest capacity of rapid prototyping equipment in Europe, Materialise enjoys a worldwide reputation as provider of innovative software solutions. As such, Materialise has acquired the position of market leader for 3D printing and Digital CAD software in addition to being a major player in medical and dental image processing and surgery simulation. Moreover, through its unique .MGX by Materialise division for design products, Materialise has opened the market for customized Rapid Manufacturing. The customer base includes all large companies in the automotive, consumer electronics and consumables sectors. Its medical and dental products are used worldwide by famous hospitals, research institutes and clinicians. Unique design shops all over the world rely on .MGX by Materialise. The group has several subsidiaries in Europe, Asia and the USA, and employs over 800 people in its 4 divisions.

About EOS

EOS was founded in 1989 and is today the world-leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems. Laser-sintering is the key technology for e-Manufacturing, the fast, flexible and cost-effective production of products, patterns and tools. The technology manufactures parts for every phase of the product life cycle, directly from electronic data. Laser-sintering accelerates product development and optimizes production processes. EOS completed its business year 2008/2009 with revenues of 60 million Euros. The company employs 300 people worldwide, 250 of them in Krailling near Munich, Germany. For more information visit www.eos.info

Contacts:

EOS Electro Optical Systems GmbH
Claudia Jordan
Group Manager Marketing Communications
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GF AgieCharmilles has partnered with EOS and will demonstrate a nearly automatic process chain for creating injection and blow mold tooling with conformal cooling channels. The two companies will conduct the demonstration at IMTS 2010 in the GF AgieCharmilles booth #S-8754.

This breakthrough manufacturing process chain is one that runs virtually unbroken from design to finished product. Machines used in the process are networked together and operate from the same 3D CAD model data from start-to-finish to increase accuracy and reduce set-up times.

“Our technologies are a perfect fit for moldmaking,” says Gisbert Ledvon, Business Development Manager at GF AgieCharmilles U.S., “and the transfer between our systems is unique.”

During the demonstration, an EOSINT M 270 direct metal laser-sintering (DMLS) system will create a steel mold for a plastic, blow-molded golf ball, complete with conformal cooling channels and the fixturing needed for all successive stages of machining. This mold will then move through a secondary process chain that includes a GF AgieCharmilles HSM 400U LP high-speed milling machine, an FO 350MS die sinking EDM, and a Cut20P wire EDM. The wire EDM cuts off the fixturing, the HSM 400ULP will cut the parting lines for a flash-free (no leakage) surface, and leave the mold ready for production use.

A significant advantage of DMLS is that it produces a near-net part, in one operation, that is ready for secondary finishing. Single fixturing is then used for all secondary operations to reduce manual benchworking and generate surface finishes accurate to within three to five microns. The process minimizes scrap by eliminating many of the progressive operations involved in subtractive toolmaking processes that start with a block of raw material.

“By joining with EOS, we have established a complete process chain, available globally, that provides the same high accuracy GF AgieCharmilles is known for, and creates tools with a minimum of oversight and greatly reduced material waste, manufacturing time, and manual labor,” says Ledvon. “It’s better for the environment, and it’s excellent for the bottom line. The conformal-cooled molds we can manufacture offer enormous advantages.”

Conformal-cooled molds are already in use and have enabled high-end manufacturers to reduce part-production cycle times 17 to 20 percent and, in some cases, as high as 45 percent. The DMLS-manufactured molds improve product quality and promote longer tool life, and the optimized cooling increases the efficiency of the whole molding process as well. For large-volume production, the resulting time and cost savings—as well as carbon footprint reduction—are considerable.

“We’ve documented years of success stories from customers who benefited by using DMLS to create molds that employ conformal cooling channels,” says Andy Snow, Regional Sales Director EOS of North America. “Our partnership with one of the world’s leading suppliers of toolmaking equipment demonstrates how accepted these molds have become, and it enables manufacturers with high-volume injection and blow molding to implement our technology and reap substantial time and cost savings.”

GF AgieCharmilles and EOS will also hold a joint press conference Tuesday, September 13, 2010 at 8:30am in room S-501A at IMTS.

About GF AgieCharmilles

GF AgieCharmilles is the North American leading supplier of laser ablation centers, wire EDM, CNC and manual diesinking systems and high speed/performance and 5-axis CNC milling machines. For more information on the company's products and services, contact Gisbert Ledvon, GF AgieCharmilles, 560 Bond St., Lincolnshire, IL 60069-4224, Tel: 1-800-CTC-1EDM. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Fax: 847-913-5340, or visit www.gfac.com/us.

About EOS

EOS was founded in 1989 and is today the world-leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems. Laser-sintering is the key technology for e-Manufacturing, the fast, flexible and cost-effective production of products, patterns and tools. The technology manufactures parts for every phase of the product life cycle, directly from electronic data. Laser-sintering accelerates product development and optimizes production processes. EOS completed its business year 2008/2009 with revenues of 60 million Euros. The company employs 300 people worldwide, 250 of them in Krailling near Munich, Germany. For more information visit www.eos.info.

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GF AgieCharmilles
Gisbert Ledvon
Business Development Manager
847.913.5300

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Unique, complex aircraft components, many of them impossible to create using traditional manufacturing processes, will be on display at EOS booth #3407 at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Unmanned Systems North America exhibition (August 24-27, Denver, Co.). Udo Behrendt, Key Account Manager Aerospace at EOS, the world-leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems, will be providing technical background about aerospace applications during the show.

EOS customer Northwest UAV Propulsion Systems (NWUAV) is exhibiting a FORMIGA P 100 plastic laser-sintering system from EOS, as well as a complete unmanned vehicle, at booth #1214. Northwest Rapid Manufacturing, part of the Northwest UAV family of companies, manufactures production parts and prototypes for NWUAV using its EOSINT P 390 and P 730 equipment.  Together, the companies provide parts and assemblies including engine and cooling components for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) made by Insitu, Inc., and others. These components are stable in hot environments and are tough, pliable, and robust in harsh conditions such as exposure to fuel.

“Manufacturers of UAVs face stringent demands, both for part requirements and delivery schedules,” says Alexander Dick, VP of Laser-Sintering Operations at Northwest Rapid. “EOS laser-sintering equipment enables us to meet tight tolerances, ensure component strength and performance, and deliver parts on or before deadlines.” Northwest UAV is an active member of the AUVSI Cascade Chapter, serving as a sponsor and providing two chapter officers in 2010.

“The huge growth of the unmanned-systems market has triggered a wave of innovative and unique designs,” says EOS’ Behrendt. “Our customers are using metal and plastics laser-sintering to push the boundaries of those designs.”

Other EOS customers at the show are Paramount PDS (Booth #1618), who will exhibit plastic UAV parts created with an EOSINT P 730; Morris Technologies, Inc., (Booth #2729), who will display titanium aerospace components and prototypes created with direct metal laser-sintering (DMLS); and Solid Concepts (Booth #1226), who is featuring SLS-manufactured flight structures for Aerotonomy’s new Cruise-Efficient ESTOL research aircraft. In addition to the aircraft’s form-fitted seven-gallon fuel tank, all of the primary structures that enable the advanced high-lift technologies such as leading-edge blowing, circulation-control flaps, and airflow plenums were manufactured with EOS laser sintering equipment. Solid Concepts manufactures plastic laser-sintered aerospace parts from a wide range of applications and materials.

Plastic and metal laser-sintering are already widespread in UAV and other aerospace applications. In addition to producing durable, lightweight and complex parts, the technology requires no tooling, thereby reducing upfront times and costs and making re-designs and customization easy and affordable.

“On any given UAV system, once its customer and field use changes, the only features that stay the same may be the frame and most of the fuselage,” says Frederick Claus, Business Development Manager at Solid Concepts. “The manufacturing flexibility and speed of laser-sintering have proved their worth in this industry time and again.”

Among the materials currently available for laser-sintering of UAV components are:

* Several polyamides (including a flame-retardant material)
* EOS PEEK HP3 (a high-temperature thermoplastic polymer)
* Titanium
* Cobalt chrome
* IN718 (a nickel-chromium super alloy)

Additional materials for UAV and other aerospace applications are in development.

About Unmanned Systems North America 2010

AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems North America 2010 is the premiere forum for reviewing, assessing and discussing the successes and shortcomings of current unmanned systems. The conference, with an expected record turnout, will bring together the key leaders and decision-makers in the industry. Officials from government and user organizations around the world will be in attendance and participating in the symposium program. The event is being held August 24-27 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado. For more information, go to http://symposium.auvsi.org/auvsi10/public/content.aspx?ID=116&sortMenu=107001

About EOS

EOS was founded in 1989 and is today the world-leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems. Laser-sintering is the key technology for e-Manufacturing, the fast, flexible and cost-effective production of products, patterns and tools. The technology manufactures parts for every phase of the product life cycle, directly from electronic data. Laser-sintering accelerates product development and optimizes production processes. EOS completed its business year 2008/2009 with revenues of 60 million Euros. The company employs 300 people worldwide, 250 of them in Krailling near Munich, Germany. For more information visit www.eos.info

Contacts:

Claudia Jordan
Group Manager Marketing Communications
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Fax: +011 49 89 893 36 284
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EOS, the world-leading manufacturer of laser-sintering equipment, has launched the EOS Quality Standard, an initiative of the EOS e-Manufacturing partner program that is open to and beneficial for all customers. The purpose of this program is to define a package of requirements that guarantees the high quality of e-Manufacturing parts and services. The procedures for this standard are to be integrated into customers’ ISO 9001 quality management systems.

“The EOS Quality Standard is a great step forward in establishing best practices for end users and demonstrates EOS’ leadership in the market,” says  Eli Liechty, Leader Operations/Manufacturing RMM at Morris Technologies, Inc. “It highlights the importance of controlling the entire additive manufacturing supply chain, ranging from system maintenance, to operator training, material qualification, and critical system parameters.  This standard will supplement our international ISO: 9001 and industry-specific AS9100 and ISO: 13485 quality systems, and Morris Technologies is pleased to be one of the early adopters implementing this new initiative.”

Quality Assurance Procedure

To assure quality, special measures have to be implemented in each customer’s operation. The e-Manufacturing provider must have implemented a quality management system (QMS) with a valid certification according to ISO 9001, and must define and implement quality assurance procedures for the production and supply of laser-sintered parts within that QMS.

Qualification and responsibilities

There are five types of qualifications that a customer has to integrate into the QMS. Personnel qualification is one factor. For example, the e-Manufacturing provider’s staff is expected to have the knowledge and skills for the relevant technology. The provider also must assure machine status according to quality procedures. This status is to be specified and documented, regular maintenance has to be done, and the environmental conditions the machine is operating in must conform to the defined EOS Installation Requirements.

Secondly, if the customer uses a material that has been released by EOS for the relevant technology, then EOS provides them with the appropriate set of procedures to meet the criteria of the standard. In that case, the third criterion – using the right parameter sets – is met by deploying the system-specific EOS parameter set and powder material. The fourth element of the quality standard ensures the conformity of part design with the relevant design rules.

Last but not least, certain demands have to be met concerning data preparation and post-processing. These should be in accordance with recommendations published by EOS for the relevant machine and powder material. Otherwise the customer needs to specify what procedure has been used and why, or how that procedure has been qualified.

With this quality standard, and its recently presented Part Property Profiles, EOS continues expanding the use of its e-Manufacturing technologies in the production world.

The provider of any parts or services supplied with reference to this quality standard is solely responsible for the fulfilment of the requirements and for any information provided in relation to those parts or services.

“Customers of an entity that follows the EOS quality standard can expect consistent part quality from their e-Manufacturing provider. The standard allows them to distinguish between providers by a reference to an independent standard,” says Peter Klink, Executive Vice President Sales & Support.

For more information on the EOS Quality Standard please visit our website www.eos.info under “About EOS”, then choose “Quality Standard”.

About EOS

EOS was founded in 1989 and is today the world-leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems. Laser-sintering is the key technology for e-Manufacturing, the fast, flexible and cost-effective production of products, patterns and tools. The technology manufactures parts for every phase of the product life cycle, directly from electronic data. Laser-sintering accelerates product development and optimizes production processes. EOS completed its business year 2008/2009 with revenues of 60 million Euros. The company employs 300 people worldwide, 250 of them in Krailling near Munich, Germany. For more information visit www.eos.info

Contacts:

EOS Electro Optical Systems
Claudia Jordan
Group Manager Marketing Communications
Phone: +49 89 893 36 134
Fax: +49 89 893 36 284
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Parker Group (editorial contact, US)
Nick O’Donohoe
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The industry-changing capabilities of laser-sintering equipment for producing customized medical devices will be showcased by EOS during the world’s largest event for medical design and manufacturing: MD&M 2010 (June 7-10, New York, N.Y.). The leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems is demonstrating a working FORMIGA P 100 plastics machine and exhibiting plastic and metal medical prototypes and parts at booth 2655. The company will also provide background about its latest software and hardware for product standardization and reliability.

“Medical companies are already using our technology to create patient-specific medical products, uniquely tailored to an individual’s anatomy and needs,” says Martin Bullemer, Key Account Manager Medical at EOS. “As our quality and production controls continue evolving, designers and manufacturers will be able to achieve even more extraordinary advances in patient care and comfort.”

In plastics, EOS laser-sintered nylon is increasingly being used and researched for disposable, customized operating devices such as drill guides for knee and hip replacements. The same polyamide formulation has seen service in a lightweight, robust and durable orthesis, designed to precision measurements of a patient’s limb. EOS’ new PEEK HP3, a high-temperature, high-performance thermoplastic, will be biocompatible and sterilizable, making it potentially well-suited for spinal implants.

In metals, direct metal laser-sintering (DMLS) systems are currently used to create:

* Stainless-steel prototypes for customized spinal surgical instruments
* Cobalt chrome replacement knee joint prototypes, and end-product dental copings and bridges
* Titanium dental implants with porous surfaces that promote osteointegration

Recently added control options include (now available for DMLS) an Integrated Process Chain Management system that provides quality assurance for re-using metal powder and (for plastics laser-sintering) a series of Part Property Profiles (PPP) that offer five different parameter settings for standardized, cost-effective part production. Recently, EOS announced that it is undertaking a Quality Standard initiative open to all of its customers. The new standard defines requirements and procedures that customers can integrate into their own ISO: 9001 quality management systems. Here you can find more about the quality standard.

About EOS

EOS was founded in 1989 and is today the world-leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems. Laser-sintering is the key technology for e-Manufacturing, the fast, flexible and cost-effective production of products, patterns and tools. The technology manufactures parts for every phase of the product life cycle, directly from electronic data. Laser-sintering accelerates product development and optimizes production processes. EOS completed its business year 2008/2009 with revenues of 60 million Euros. The company employs 300 people worldwide, 250 of them in Krailling near Munich, Germany. For more information visit www.eos.info

Contacts:

EOS
Claudia Jordan
Group Manager Marketing Communications
Phone: +011 49 89 893 36 134
Fax: +011 49 89 893 36 284
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Parker Group (editorial contact, US)
Nick O’Donohoe
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Published in EOS

The largest collection of direct metal laser-sintering (DMLS) systems at any manufacturer or laboratory in the world is open for touring at the PDx/amerimold

“This is a great opportunity to see traditional manufacturing equipment and DMLS systems running side-by-side,” says Andy Snow, Regional Sales Manager, EOS of North America.  “Visitors can learn first-hand from Morris how laser-sintering fits into a job shop’s suite of processes to give customers the very best options in terms of cost, quality and lead time.”

“We saw early on the value of providing DMLS for our customers,” says Greg Morris, CEO/COO of MTI.  “Over the years, demand for laser-sintering services has grown as we’ve expanded our DMLS offerings and as more companies get acquainted with additive manufacturing.  We see that strong growth trend continuing.”

Morris Technologies was the first US firm to install DMLS equipment, in 2003. Today MTI and its sister company, Rapid Quality Manufacturing (RQM), boast nine DMLS systems, including the first North American EOSINT M 270 Extended system for processing titanium (Ti64), a nickel superalloy (NickelAlloy IN718), and an aluminum alloy (AlSi10Mg). In addition to these three, laser-sintered metals available at MTI include maraging and stainless steels, a bronze alloy, and cobalt chrome. Morris Technologies will exhibit at booth 419 during the PDx/amerimold

About EOS

EOS was founded in 1989 and is today the world-leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems. Laser-sintering is the key technology for e-Manufacturing, the fast, flexible and cost-effective production of products, patterns and tools. The technology manufactures parts for every phase of the product life cycle, directly from electronic data. Laser-sintering accelerates product development and optimizes production processes. EOS completed its business year 2008/2009 with revenues of 60 million Euros. The company employs 300 people worldwide, 250 of them in Krailling near Munich, Germany. For more information visit www.eos.info

Contacts:

EOS
Claudia Jordan
Group Manager Marketing Communications
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Today EOS, the world leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems, announced an exclusive joint venture with Swiss-based BESTinCLASS, a company that has developed the micro-machining process (MMP). MMP applies a mechanical-physical-chemical surface treatment to items placed inside a treatment tank. Resulting from this agreement FirstSurface Ltd., a Joint Venture between EOS and BESTinClass, will be the exclusive provider of MMP in the UK. Further exclusive locations in Europe are in preparation.

Apart from the watch making and luxury goods industry, MMP can be applied in a wide variety of product sectors including aerospace, medical, mould making and auto-sport, all of which enjoy performance gains as a result of the unique accuracy and control provided by the Micro Machining Process. Benefits of MMP include: Surface finishes can be controlled selectively up to a mirror-like polish; Costs and turnaround times are predictable and controlled; Finishes can be
reproduced to industrial standards for multiple parts; Treated parts are free from contamination; part geometries are not altered, cavities can be accessed and the process can be applied selectively. Apart from that, the mechanical properties of the treated surfaces are not altered, hardening is minimized and the process is approved for parts used in medical applications.

Dr. Hans Langer, founder and CEO of EOS says: “Our Direct Metal Laser-Sintering (DMLS) processes metal materials with an application spectrum ranging from prototypes to series products. This already enables a full range of new product developments and production processes. There is a tendency among our clients to increasingly demand post production surface finishing options as well. This cooperation not only guarantees that they get a one-stopshop solution from design to polishing. It can also help them – among others - to secure a competitive advantage for their respective products. As such, the joint venture we now contracted with BESTinCLASS is a perfect addition to our current portfolio. And it paves the way for new e-Manufacturing applications and solutions.”

Laurent Cataldo, General Manager of BESTinCLASS sees a lot of benefits for all parties involved in this co-operation: “e-Manufacturing offers a huge potential for Rapid Manufacturing applications. In this context, surface finishings like those offered by BESTinCLASS become more and more important too.” And he adds: “On the other hand we as a company can learn a lot about surface finishing needs in industries other than watch making and luxury goods which currently is our primary focus. As such we are more than happy to cooperate with the market leader in Laser-Sintering.”

About BESTinCLASS
Founded in Switzerland in 1995, BESTinCLASS SA has developed the micro-machining process (MMP), a proprietary precision surface finishing technique. MMP can finely distinguish and selectively apply different primary roughness, secondary roughness and waviness profiles to surfaces. Working from its own treatment labs, BESTinCLASS is poised to provide manufacturers with custom finishes to meet their specifications. An exceptional feature of MMP is its ability to provide selective surface finishes that can be reproduced to industrial standards. The company employs 32 people and is headquartered in Genolier near Geneva. For more information, please visit www.binc.biz/gb/index.php

About EOS
EOS was founded in 1989 and is today the world leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems. Laser-sintering is the key technology for e-Manufacturing, the fast, flexible and costeffective production of products, patterns and tools. The technology manufactures parts for every phase of the product life cycle, directly from electronic data. Laser-sintering accelerates product development and optimizes production processes. EOS completed its business year
2008/2009 with revenues of approximately 60 million Euros. The company employs 300 people worldwide, 250 of them in Krailling near Munich, Germany. For more information, please visit www.eos.info.

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EOS, world leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems, will be at EuroMold this year (2 - 5 December 2009) in the new hall 11. EOS will be presenting a new Part Property Management concept, which will guarantee the standardization and comparability of building processes and results on the basis of Part Property Profiles (PPP).

Dr. Hans Langer, CEO and founder of EOS explains: "By introducing Part Property Profiles we are emphasizing our quality leadership. Added to this are important advantages for our customers' decision-making and manufacturing processes. Designers will have constant access to standardized property profiles and corresponding material values. People responsible for purchasing and quoting will profit from clearly defined specifications which will make the preparation of quotes more efficient and transparent. With the increasingly automated data preparation and more flexible production planning, PPPs also offer manufacturers benefits such as increased efficiency and cost reduction, and moreover optimal and transparent quality assurance processes. On the basis of the PPPs we will, above all, be able to further expand e- Manufacturing with laser-sintering for series production. In this way laser-sintering becomes a competitive and cost-effective manufacturing process for plastic and metal parts."

Part Property Profiles (PPP): Standardization for reliable part quality

In the last few years EOS has established high standards through intensive process and applications development. With consistent quality assurance along the process chain EOS has made it possible for users to produce parts with defined properties on the basis of standardized parameter sets. EOS has sold 20 systems for the series production of dental restorations alone, and many producers (OEMs), for example from the medical technology and aerospace industries, are qualifying this technology for their production.

At EuroMold, EOS introduces the new Part Property Management concept based on standardized parameter sets which produce defined part properties - Part Property Profiles (PPPs) - in combination with similarly standardized and quality assured machines and materials. As such EOS ensures that reliable material characteristics can be achieved so that designers, manufacturers and end users can access uniform and reliable data.

PPPs and their application areas as exemplified by plastic laser-sintering

The underlying definitions of the PPPs are the typical requirements regarding, for example, surface quality, mechanical properties, accuracy and detail resolution. In addition, quality and cost targets exist which are normally in competition with one another, and which generally complicate the ascertainment of an optimal part-oriented trade-off. The five PPPs for plastic laser-sintering systems, which correspond to five parameter sets, therefore focus upon the individual requirements, either on costs, on quality aspects, or on carefully balanced compromises.

- TopSpeed, 180 µm layer thickness: Very economical parameter set for parts with medium to high quality requirements. In comparison with 120 µm layer thickness (EOSINT P730) the production costs are reduced by typically 15 - 20 percent

- Speed, 150 µm layer thickness: This parameter set offers slightly higher surface quality than TopSpeed. Production costs are reduced by typically by 10 - 15 percent in comparison with 120 µm layer thickness (Balance)

- Balance, 120 µm layer thickness: The advantage of this parameter set is its economic equilibrium. The layer thickness of 120 µm offers a perfect balance between production costs, mechanics, surface quality and accuracy

- Performance, 100 µm layer thickness: Performance parts are characterized by the highest degree of isotropic strength and stiffness

- TopQuality, 60 µm layer thickness: This parameter set is designated for very small to mediumsized parts with detailed, delicate geometries or geometric elements and the strictest requirements in surface quality

The PPPs Balance, Performance and Top Quality are available for  EOSINT P 760, EOSINT P395 und FORMIGA P 100, TopSpeed and Speed for the EOSINT P760 and EOSINT P395. They contain values for, among others, tensile strength, elongation at  reak and Young’s modulus for the horizontal, parallel-to-layer X/Y-directions. Values for the vertical, orthogonal-to-layer Z-direction are now also standard. The Part Property Management concept will then be introduced for EOSINT M systems in a similar way.

From January 2010 EOS will provide access to the attributes of the Part Property Profiles for plastics via the Material Data Centre, a public database which has been established by the plastics industry. To access it from the EOS website www.eos.info, please click on the link provided there to the Material Data Centre. Selecting EOS in the database will lead you to the PPPs. A detailed white paper about the PPPs can also be requested from EOS.

About EOS

EOS was founded in 1989 and is today the world leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems. Laser-sintering is the key technology for e-Manufacturing, the fast, flexible and costeffective production of products, patterns and tools. The technology manufactures parts for every phase of the product life cycle, directly from electronic data. Laser-sintering accelerates product development and optimizes production processes. EOS completed its business year 2008/2009 with revenues of approximately 60 million Euros. The company employs 300 people worldwide, 250 of them in Krailling near Munich, Germany. For more information visit www.eos.info.

Contacts:

EOS Electro Optical Systems GmbH
Claudia Jordan
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EOS, world leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems, is highlighting a number of new materials on its booth C08 in the new hall 11 at this year’s EuroMold 2009 to be held in Frankfurt am Main/Germany December 2 to 5. New metal materials for EOSINT M 270 systems include EOS NickelAlloy IN718 and EOS Aluminium AlSi10Mg.

Dr. Hans Langer, CEO and founder of EOS stresses: “Developing new materials for laser-sintering pushes our technology to the next level. Here we work very closely with our clients. Meeting the manufacturing challenges and application requirements clients have previously expressed to EOS we  develop new materials that are ideally applicable to manufacturing requirements as well as to our systems and processes. Based on the design possibilities which e-Manufacturing can offer, our clients can even improve their product performance considerably.”

EOS NickelAlloy IN718: meeting high temperature requirements

EOS NickelAlloy IN718 is a nickel-based heat resistant superalloy which corresponds to the commonly-known Inconel 718 alloy. It is a precipitation-hardening nickel-chromium alloy characterized by having good tensile, fatigue, creep and rupture strength at temperatures up to 700°C. It shows outstanding corrosion resistance and is ideal for many high temperature applications, and also possesses excellent cryogenic properties. The main target group for this material is the aerospace industry. Due to the very demanding requirements of this industry, EOS has already been through an extended development and test phase including several pilot customers.

EOS has developed process parameters which enable good part-building and ensure that the relevant industrial standards for this material type can be reliably fulfilled. These include for example heat treatment in accordance with AMS 5662 and AMS 5664 standards as well as tensile and stressrupture properties at elevated temperature (650°C, 1200°F).

Greg Morris, President of pilot user Morris Technologies, Inc., states: "We have been supplying parts in EOS CobaltChrome MP1 as a preferred material for high stress/high temperature environments since 2005. Since working with EOS NickelAlloy IN718, this has become our front-line material of choice for  many pplications in aerospace and other demanding applications . This material llows us to produce parts that will see some of the most demanding environments including high temperatures, high stress loads and extended fatigue situations. Not only has EOS NickelAlloy IN718 performed well in such tests and environments, but Morris Technologies’ material characterization efforts have also demonstrated that it performs well to ASTM standards".

Ian Halliday, CEO of pilot user 3T RPD Ltd., adds: “EOS NickelAlloy IN718 has helped to open up new application areas for us, and we are working with some of our customers to qualify this material for future series production of aerospace components. Tests have shown already till today that the mechanical properties of parts built from this material exceed what our customers are used to from cast parts, and they also report that the parts are easier to machine than conventional Inconel 718 parts.”

EOS Aluminium AlSi10Mg: light weight and excellent thermal conductivity

EOS will also be highlighting EOS Aluminium AlSi10Mg at this year’s EuroMold. This typical casting alloy is the first aluminium alloy to be qualified for EOSINT M 270 systems and opens up new application areas due to its light weight and excellent thermal conductivity. EOS has done thorough process development and testing as preparation for the market launch. Cast parts in conventional AlSi10Mg are typically subjected to T6 heat treatment including solution annealing and quenching followed by age hardening at elevated temperatures. Mike Shellabear, Vice President M Technology, adds: “Due to the rapid melting and resolidification caused by the laser exposure, the laser-sintered parts match or even exceed the conventional heat-treated parts already in the as-built condition, so even more time and cost can be saved in the process chain.”

At EuroMold, EOS is exhibiting examples of how intelligent design like hollow parts or various meshlike fill structures can be implemented by laser-sintering, to offer new possibilities like extremelyhigh stiffness-to-weight ratios. These are expected to open up fully new markets  in the light alloys area.

About EOS

EOS was founded in 1989 and is today the world-leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems. Laser-sintering is the key technology for e-Manufacturing—the fast, flexible and cost-effective production of patterns and tools, as well as end products. Laser-sintering accelerates product development and optimizes manufacturing processes. It creates parts directly from electronic data for every phase of the product lifecycle, from prototypes to tooling to production parts. EOS completed its business year 2008/2009 with revenues of approximately 60 million Euros. The company employs 300 people worldwide, 250 of them in Krailling near Munich, Germany. For more information visit www.eos.info.

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LaserBearbeitungsCenter GmbH (LBC) orders its third metal laser-sintering system EOSINT M 270 from EOS, the world-leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems. Kornwesteim-based LBC makes the full scope of modern laser technologies available to their clients. With the new system, the company complements its manufacturing capacities and reacts to the increased demand for laser-sintered parts and tools.

In mould making, LBC already covers a large spectrum including the
automotive sector, medical technologies and the packaging industry. Particularly the latter offers very interesting market potentials as laser-sintered tools with conformal cooling offer great benefits for huge lot sizes.

Augustin Niavas, Business Development Manager Tooling at EOS, emphasizes:  A good formula for success, LBC exemplifies a good combination of customer know how with EOS systems. As such, they can provide the tool and mould maker market with high quality parts while other manufacturing processes have to take a back seat. This is another proof for the acceptance laser-sintering is gaining in production environments. LBC can already look back on a number of successful projects which – due to their positive progress - also convince potential new customers because conformal cooling significantly optimizes the production of tooling inserts.”

Ralph Mayer, CEO of LBC, adds: “With the new system we can adjust our flexibility and part delivery to the highly increased number of incoming orders. Our customers know that laser-sintered tooling inserts can offer a considerable competitive advantage. As a result, not only the number of short term orders increases. At the same time we see higher order number as well as clients ordering considerably bigger parts. In this context, the number of cavities our clients are demanding is rising, too. So laser-sintered tools with 96 or more cavities are not a rarity any more.”

Both agree that laser-sintered tools with conformal cooling channels are the key for success and as such will ensure a viable European tool and mould making industry. In the years to come a close cooperation between EOS and its customers will push further market development. This can be achieved via higher volume building rates and decreasing manufacturing costs.

LBC LaserBearbeitungsCenter

Kornwestheim-based LBC makes the full scope of modern laser technologies available to its clients. With its know how, especially in the tooling and mould making sector, the company offers its services for a number of process chain steps: manufacturing moulding blanks or moulds with optimized conformal cooling, designing optimized cooling channels, simulating the optimized tool, 3D laser engraving direct part marking. LBC sees its customers as partners and to collaboration with them as the key to success.

About EOS
EOS was founded in 1989 and is today the world leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems. Laser-sintering is the key technology for e-Manufacturing,  the fast, flexible and costeffective production of products, patterns and tools. The technology manufactures parts for every phase of the product life cycle, directly from electronic data. Laser-sintering accelerates product development and optimizes production processes. EOS completed its business year 2008/2009 with revenues of approximately 60 million Euros. The company  employs 300 people worldwide, 250 of them in Krailling near Munich, Germany. For more information visit www.eos.info.

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LBC LaserBearbeitungsCenter GmbH
Ralph Mayer
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Rapid Manufacturing and Digital Forming technologies will be showcased in a free event called “Create and Make – Print in 3D” from 25 to 27 August, 2009, at the Science Museum, London. Courtesy of EOS Electro Optical Systems, the world leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems and De Montford University in Leicester, a laser-sintering system called FORMIGA P 100 will be in operation at the Museum. At the event visitors can experience how mass customization of a variety of personalized products today is already reality and can be expanded further into the future. As part of the event Digital Forming, provider of an online platform offering 3D software solutions for the mass customisation of designed lifestyle products, will present a software that allows users to view and personalise the product they are about to buy in 3D. As such the software extends the freedom of choice and creation laser-sintering is offering as a production process into the sphere of personalised design.

Laser-Sintering: from fine grain powders to complex, high-performing products

Laser-sintering is the key technology for e-Manufacturing and enables a move from more static procedures towards fast, more flexible and cost-effective serial production directly from electronic data. It originates in prototyping where parts identical in construction are produced in smaller quantities, yet more and more becomes an interesting alternative for Rapid Manufacturing as well. Laser-sintering is an additive layer manufacturing process. Without any tooling or time-consuming milling very complex, three-dimensional geometries can be constructed. In production, the previously created 3D CAD model is being decomposed into 20 to 100 µm layers. The laser-sintering technology then produces the desired geometry layer by layer. In this process, the laser energy solidifies the powdered material, be it plastic, metal or foundry sand into parts previously designed in 3D. A huge advantage of laser-sintering is that – once the production data are created – parts can be built based on the electronic data – in any shape, at any time and anywhere.

The technology manufactures parts for every phase of the product life cycle - from pre-development and prototyping up to rapid manufacturing or the supply of spare parts. Stuart Jackson, Regional Manager UK for EOS adds: “laser-sintering accelerates product development and revolutionizes design - moving design rules from a ‘manufacturing-driven design’ to a ‘design-driven manufacturing’ approach. The technology frees design and construction from the restrictions of the production process – creativity is no longer subject to the limitations of conventional methods of manufacturing.” Focusing on the final product, the designer sketches individual, three-dimensional geometries and can create what is on his own and his customer’s mind: an end product with a high customer value.

Mass Customization:

In the digital world we live in today, customers are gradually demanding greater freedom of choice. Designers and brands are faced with new challenges in product diversity. Today, consumers not only demand possible modifications in colour or material but in product form too. Traditional manufacturing strategies simply cannot meet these requirements.

The Digital Forming platform consists of digital (software) and physical (supply chain) aspects which make mass customization a reality. For the first time ever, a set of 3D software solutions will allow the general public to co-create and co-design products with professional product designers through an online library or sales house. In a 3D environment, products can be modified in real time – stretched, twisted, embossed, assembled – all with the simple movement of a mouse. On top, users can adjust form, choose colour and material, save designs in an online library, and purchase when ready for delivery within two weeks. They will never be able to ruin the functionality of a pen, or the balance of a teapot – the software will simply not allow it.

Digital Forming’s approach of Co-Design profoundly challenges the traditional role of the designer and the user/consumer of a product and as such is a revolutionary concept in the history of design. The software provided by Digital Forming offers the users the option of Co-Creating and Co-Designing products with a professional product designer. By this, a user can “tweak” existing designs to their personal taste within the constraints set by the original designer. This approach profoundly challenges the traditional roles of the Designer and the User/Consumer of an object, and is a revolutionary concept in the history of Design. Facing a product produced by this industrial process, the User is now confronted with questions never before asked: do I purchase the product as designed, or do I change it?  And the Designer must now ask himself the question: when is this not my design anymore? The laser sintering technology and Digital Forming platform are arguably set to create an Industrial Revolution of the Digital Age.

About EOS:

EOS was founded in 1989 and is today the world leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems. Laser-sintering is the key technology for e-Manufacturing, the fast, flexible and cost-effective production of products, patterns and tools. The technology manufactures parts for every phase of the product life cycle, directly from electronic data. Laser-sintering accelerates product development and optimizes production processes. EOS completed its business year 2007/2008 with revenues of approximately 70 million Euros, which is an increase of 17 percent compared to the previous year. The company employs 280 people worldwide, 230 of them at its headquarters in Krailling near Munich, Germany. For more information visit www.eos.info.

About Digital Forming

Digital Forming, set up in November 2008 by four partners, was awarded goverment funding in May 2009 to develop the vision of an online platform for the “mass customization“ of designed lifestyle products. The company provides a platform that allows users to view and personalize the products they are about to buy in 3D. This platform will be presented to the public in October through www.UCODO.com. UCODO stands for ‘User Co-Designed Object’.

About the Science Museum

From June 2009 the Science Museum is celebrating its hundredth birthday and a century of science with a year-long centenary programme to take the renowned institution into the future. For 100 years the Science Museum has been world-renowned for its historic collection, remarkable galleries and inspirational exhibitions. With around 15,000 objects on public display, the Science Museum’s collections form an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical change from the past few centuries. Aiming to be the best place in the world for people to enjoy science, the Science Museum makes sense of the science that shapes our lives, sparking curiosity, releasing creativity and changing the future by engaging people of all generations and backgrounds in science engineering, medicine, technology, design and enterprise. Further information: www.sciencemuseum.org.uk.

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EOS GmbH Electro Optical Systems, the world-leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems, will be offering a number of technical exhibits and resources at Booth #250 at the 2009 Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Unmanned Systems North America conference at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (Washington, D.C., August 10-13).

The company will be displaying parts made in their EOSINT P line of plastics laser-sintering systems as well as a range of parts in different metals from the EOSINT M 270. Udo Behrendt, Key Account Manager Aerospace at EOS, will be at the booth to answer questions and offer technical information. He has been responsible for business development in the civil aircraft, defense, and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) industries.

“Weight optimization, different applications and flexibility in payload are critical to the design of UAVs,” Behrendt says. “The aircraft industry also primarily uses low-volume components. Laser-sintering technology enables companies to build highly integrated and very complex hardware directly from electronic data, eliminating tooling and other secondary operations, in production lots ranging from one part to several thousands.”

EOS customers Paramount PDS and Northwest UAV are attending the AUVSI conference. Paramount will be at booth #337, and Northwest will be at Booth #433.

“Plastics laser-sintering enabled us to manufacture aircraft components for a micro air vehicle as a cost-effective substitute for carbon-fiber parts,” says Jim Williams, President of Paramount PDS. “The parts have already been tested in flight and are in production.”

“We’ve been using EOS plastics laser-sintering to manufacture aircraft components for over a year,” says Chris Harris, President of Northwest UAV Propulsion Systems. “It meets our requirements for tight tolerances and consistent quality, and it shortens our time for supplying or redesigning parts to a few days, versus weeks previously.”

Laser-sintering’s capabilities for mass customization and building of intricate shapes also benefit the broader aerospace market. EOS customers have used such direct manufacturing methods to create components for commercial and defense aircraft. EOS is also a founding partner of the Direct Manufacturing Research Center (DMRC) at the University of Paderborn (Germany), a consortium that includes such companies as Boeing, Evonik and Siemens.  The DMRC was founded to advance direct manufacturing technologies and materials for aerospace and other industries.

For more information about the AUVSI conference, go to http://symposium.auvsi.org/attendees/registrationinfo.php

About AUVSI

With over 1,400 member companies and organizations from 50 countries, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) is the world's largest non-profit organization devoted exclusively to advancing the unmanned systems community. AUVSI, with members from government organizations, industry and academia, is committed to fostering, developing, and promoting unmanned systems and related technologies.

By providing opportunities for information exchange, networking and business development, AUVSI forums are the best resource for simply learning about unmanned systems or for staying abreast of the latest program and technology updates. www.auvsi.org

About EOS

EOS was founded in 1989 and is today the world leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems. Laser-sintering is the key technology for e-Manufacturing, the fast, flexible and cost-effective production of products, patterns and tools. The technology manufactures parts for every phase of the product life cycle, directly from electronic data. Laser-sintering accelerates product development and optimizes production processes. EOS completed its business year 2007/2008 with revenues of approximately 70 million Euros, which is an increase of 17 percent compared to the previous year. The company employs 280 people worldwide, 230 of them at its headquarters in Krailling near Munich, Germany. For more information visit www.eos.info.

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FKM, one of EOS's e-Manufacturing partners, is the first company to purchase an EOSINT P 800 high temperature machine built by EOS, the worldwide market leader in laser-sintering. FKM has now increased its machine park to a total of 14 laser-sintering systems for processing plastic, metal and sand. The rapid technology specialist with this purchase obtains a machine with great future potential and which can process EOS's innovative high-performance polymer PEEK HP3.

Jürgen Blöcher, managing director at FKM, on the decision to purchase this system: "We were motivated to purchase another machine from EOS by a variety of reasons: in our opinion, laser-sintering is today one of the key technologies in the area of e-Manufacturing. It enables the manufacture of durable and close-to-production functional models. Buying an EOSINT P 800 was a logical step, because the machine complements our portfolio perfectly." Blöcher adds: "Not only that, but with EOS we have a broad range of applications know-how at our disposal, and this makes it possible for us to respond exactly to our customers' demands." The machine was presented for the first time at last year's Euromold, and Peter Klink, Vice President Sales at EOS, welcomes FKM's decision: "The long-standing cooperation between EOS and FKM is based on a high degree of mutual trust. FKM, as one of our e-Manufacturing partners, is always prepared to further and input on our ideas and visions. As a result of this, FKM is the first service bureaux which will offer this highly innovative technology."

EOSINT P 800 high-temperature system

Due to their excellent material properties, high-performance polymers are interesting for numerous applications and industries. Due to its suitability for process temperatures of up to 385°C, the new EOSINT P 800 is the first machine worldwide to open up this extremely interesting family of materials for laser-sintering. By adapting the well-proven and fully developed design of the EOSINT P730 with completely newly-designed components, the machine has been equipped to fulfil the demands of high temperature processes. The implementation of the high temperature levels within the machine has created completely new requirements as far as long-term strength, the control of thermal expansion and temperature distribution are concerned. EOS is therefore focusing on new materials which up until now have not been used in the construction of laser-sintering systems but with which the machines can fulfil both the demands of the process on temperature distribution and the mechanical precision requirements.

PEEK HP3: material of the future

With its PEEK HP3 material, EOS has made the first ever high-performance polymer available for use in laser-sintering. Products manufactured in this material achieve tensile strengths of up to 95 MPa and a tensile modulus of 4,400 MPa. Its excellent chemical resistance makes PEEK inure to all kinds of chemicals except corrosive acids. This results in outstanding application-specific properties. In applications where little weight and flame resistance are of the utmost importance, PEEK has developed into a popular replacement for metal. Due to its purity, solidity and chemical resistance it has also been promoted to the status of gold standard for HPLC (high performance liquid chromatography) applications in analytical science. Its biocompatibility, sterilizability, tensile strength and lubrication properties make this material an ideal replacement in medical applications for stainless steel and titanium. PEEK is already considered as being one of the best-performing thermoplastic polymers and as having the potential to open up new application fields.

About EOS

EOS was founded in 1989 and is the worldwide market leader in the field of laser-sintering. Laser-sintering is the key technology for e-Manufacturing. Components can be produced fast, flexibly and cost-effectively, directly from electronic data. The method accelerates product development and modernizes production processes. EOS completed the 2007/2008 business year with a turnover in laser-sintering of 70M euro, which is an increase of 17 percent on the previous year. The company currently employs more than 280 employees worldwide - 230 of these at its headquarters in Krailling near Munich. www.eos.info

About FKM Sintertechnik

FKM Sintertechnik GmbH is based Biedenkopf-Wallau in Hesse. The development service provider was founded in 1994 and quickly became a specialist in laser-sintering. The company founders and managing directors are Jürgen Blöcher and Harald Henkel. This medium-sized enterprise is among the industry's leading service providers. It is a development partner of numerous well-known customers in the automotive engineering and consumer goods industries. FKM-Sintertechnik produces – almost exclusively on machines from the German manufacturer EOS in Munich – pre-series, functioning prototypes and small series parts out of plastic and metal. In 2008 and in more than 4,500 individual jobs the company produced a wide variety of part geometries in job lots of various sizes.

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EOS GmbH Electro Optical Systems and TRUMPF Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH + Co. KG announce that they have signed an agreement with MTT Technologies Ltd. in Stone, UK, and MTT Technologies GmbH in Germany.

Under the agreement, both MTT companies receive a non exclusive licence for certain EOS and TRUMPF patent rights regarding the laser-sintering process. The new contract replaces the previous agreement between EOS, TRUMPF, MCP Tooling Technology Ltd. (now MTT Technologies Ltd) and MCP-HEK Tooling GmbH (now MTT Technologies GmbH), which now includes the licence for the USA and Canada. Under the new agreement EOS has also withdrawn the lawsuit against MTT which was pending at the United States District Court of South Carolina. The parties have agreed not to disclose the level of licence fees to be paid by MTT.

About EOS

EOS was founded in 1989 and is the worldwide market leader in the field of laser-sintering. Laser-sintering is the key technology for e-Manufacturing. Components can be produced fast, flexibly and cost-effectively, directly from electronic data. The method accelerates product development and modernizes production processes. EOS completed the 2007/2008 business year with a turnover in laser-sintering of 70M euro, which is an increase of 17 percent on the previous year. The company currently employs more than 280 employees worldwide - 230 of these at its headquarters in Krailling near Munich.

About Trumpf (www.trumpf.com)

With sales totalling € 2.14 billion for the 2007/08 fiscal year and about 8,000 employees, the TRUMPF Group ranks among the leading manufacturing companies worldwide. The three following business divisions are combined under the umbrella of a holding company: Machine Tools/Power Tools, Laser Technology/Electronics and Medical Technology. Its core business are machine tools for flexible sheet metal processing for punching and forming, laser processing and bending. In the field of industrial lasers and laser systems, the company is the technological leader on the world market. With about 50 subsidiaries and branch offices, the Group is represented in almost every European country, in North and South America as well as in Asia. Production locations can be found in Germany, Austria, China, Czech Republic, France, Great Britain, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Switzerland and the USA.

About MTT Group (www.mtt-group.com)

Over a period of 50 years the MTT–Group of companies (former MCP-Group) has grown to be a leading innovator with a worldwide reputation for supplying, installing and training in processes for the production of prototypes in many diversified materials. The Selective Laser Melting (SLM™) process has been successfully supplied by MCP into various market segments such as medical implants, dental applications and industrial applications for the last 6 years.

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Today EOS, the world leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems, and Advanced Laser Materials, LLC (ALM), a developer and manufacturer of materials for rapid manufacturing processes, announced a strategic partnership. Under the agreement, EOS will act as a majority shareholder obtaining 51 percent of the ALM shares. The collaboration benefits both partners. Combining the knowledge of both companies, they will together further advance the development of plastic materials for rapid manufacturing via laser-sintering, the key technology for e-Manufacturing.

For example, ALM recently introduced the new fire-retardant polyamide, FR-106, an engineered material for use in the laser sintering process. Its introduction represents a major breakthrough in rapid manufacturing. As such it is a particularly applicable material for the aerospace industry which EOS counts among their key target industries as well. At the same time, ALM finds a very strong industry partner in EOS which will open up new markets for them in Europe. ALM also benefits from the patent portfolio EOS offers. EOS, on the other hand, with this partnership will secure and extend closer collaboration with their customers, particularly in the US market.

Johann Oberhofer, Chief Operating Officer at EOS emphasizes: “With ALM we found a partner which is a perfect fit for us. The collaborative work of both research facilities will result in acceleration of materials development that will be felt worldwide in the e-manufacturing industry. We welcome ALM as an affiliate to the EOS family and are very confident that both companies can jointly use the synergies created from this cooperation to advance the industry as a whole.”

Bruce C. Thornton, Chairman of ALM, LLC adds: "The strategic partnership of ALM with EOS makes another large step forward in the transition of laser sintering from rapid prototyping to rapid manufacturing of functional parts. The new generation of EOS laser sintering machines is being designed for manufacturing, and the development of materials for the manufacturing of functional parts is the primary focus of the ALM-EOS joint effort.”

About EOS

EOS was founded in 1989 and is today the world leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems. Laser-sintering is the key technology for e-Manufacturing, the fast, flexible and cost-effective production of products, patterns and tools. The technology manufactures parts for every phase of the product life cycle, directly from electronic data. Laser-sintering accelerates product development and optimizes production processes. EOS completed its business year 2007/2008 with revenues of approximately 70 million Euros, which is an increase of 17 percent compared to the previous year. The company employs 280 people worldwide, 230 of them at its headquarters in Krailling near Munich, Germany. For more information visit www.eos.info.

About Advanced Laser Materials, LLC (ALM)

Advanced Laser Materials (ALM) is a Texas-based company that consults, researches, develops, and manufactures materials for use in rapid prototyping and manufacturing processes such as laser sintering. ALM specializes in working closely with rapid prototyping and manufacturing companies to develop custom materials designed to meet their specific application needs. ALM has several key partnerships with material suppliers and developers, maintains its own in-house analysis and development laboratories, and provides extensive quality control data on its products. The company was started in 2003 with the participation of the University of Texas at Austin Office of Technology Commercialization, the Cockrell School of Engineering and a group of Texas-based investors. For more information visit www.alm-llc.com

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Dental industry still on the upswing despite difficult economic times

One particular sector of the rapidly growing healthcare industry is expanding even further: the market for dental implants. It is indisputable that even with the best of dental hygiene, nearly everyone will at some point or other need a dental implant of some sort. Cost consciousness, especially in the type of difficult economic circumstances that we are currently experiencing, is increasing all the more. There are already automated processing centres producing individual dental implants of the highest accuracy out of EOS CobaltChrome SP2, a biocompatible and CE-certified material, with e-Manufacturing on the basis of laser-sintering. This cost-effective method of making dental implants offers the possibility to challenge even manufacturers in the Far East and keep jobs in Europe.

Europe's dental industry continues to grow

According to a survey conducted by the Millenium Research Group [1], the European market for dental crowns and bridges will continue to grow steadily in the next few years. The factors expected to influence this development are manifold. Technological innovations in the field of manufacturing methods, such as laser-sintering, are all part of the process. New treatment methods as well as new materials are additional factors which will increase the number of dental restorations in the coming years. The survey calculated the market value in Germany in 2007 for crowns and bridges already to be US$ 900M - almost one half of the European dental industry's entire turnover. The Millenium Research Group estimates that the European market for crowns and bridges will grow annually by an average rate of eight percent until 2012.

Technological advancements in the field of dental care are contributing to this by employing production methods like laser-sintering to provide dental restorations which are simultaneously more affordable, more readily available and of high quality.

From casting to laser-sintering - producing dental implants today

Until now, dental implants have traditionally been made out of metal via a casting process. This process enabled a technician to produce 20 dental frames per day. Laser-sintering is a significantly superior method: one fully-automated laser-sintering machine can produce up to 450 parts for dental crowns and bridges within 24 hours, and all of the finished parts will be of the same consistently high quality. The time savings and the financial advantage that the dental laboratories gain are huge. The "messy" tasks of deflasking and cleaning moulds are dispensed with, thus allowing the dental technician to concentrate on his or her core competence, namely the post-processing of the metal structure and its aesthetic upgrade: ceramic veneering.

The technological heart of dental e-Manufacturing: EOSINT M 270

EOS's EOSINT M 270 laser-sintering system can manufacture dental implants by "direct metal laser-sintering" (DMLS) using a focused solid-state laser. The machine uses CAD data to produce, from metal powder and in only a few hours, the most complex of geometries which exhibit excellent mechanical properties, surface quality and detail resolution. The CE-certified EOS CobaltChrome SP2 alloy was developed by EOS especially for the dental industry for use in the EOSINT M 270.

EOS will be showing the entire process chain at the 33rd International Dental Show (IDS) from 24 to 28 March 2009 in Cologne. All the steps involved in laser-sintering crowns and bridges will be demonstrated, from the initial scanner to the creation of the 3D CAD data and the laser-sintering machine, and ending with the finished veneered product - the skill which will remain in the hands of the dental technician. Martin Bullemer, EOS Key Account Manager Medical is convinced that "cost control as well as flexible and rapid product cycles will determine the future of the dental industry. Manufacturing with laser-sintering can offer all of this."

Dental models of the future

The further development of dental CAD/CAM applications with new impression and intraoral scanners will make it possible to send high-quality data directly to the processing centre. The only thing missing would be a dental model for occlusion testing and post-processing, or a workpiece holder for use during veneering.

Such a model can be laser-sintered on a FORMIGA P 100 from PA 2200, a top-quality plastic, on the basis of already available data. Consequently, laser-sintering provides a complete solution for the manufacture of dental implants.

About EOS

EOS was founded in 1989 and is the worldwide market leader in the field of laser-sintering. Laser-sintering is the key technology for e-Manufacturing. Components can be produced fast, flexibly and cost-effectively, directly from electronic data. The method accelerates product development and modernizes production processes. EOS completed the 2007/2008 business year with a turnover in laser-sintering of 70M euro, which is an increase of 17 percent on the previous year. The company currently employs more than 280 employees worldwide - 230 of these at its headquarters in Krailling near Munich.

[1] Millenium Research Group, European Markets for Crowns and Bridges 2008

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EOS GmbH Electro Optical Systems, the world-leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems, today announced that Galloway Plastics Inc. (GPI) is using an EOSINT M 270 direct metal laser-sintering (DMLS) system as part of a larger business strategy to support the expansion of GPI Prototype and GPI Anatomicals. This is the first installation of an M 270 in the Chicago area.

For GPI Prototype, a complete service bureau, the equipment will broaden their in-house offerings. GPI Anatomicals, the largest manufacturer of anatomical/medical device models, will use it to further expand their core orthopaedic device capabilities.

“We see DMLS as a huge step toward eliminating the gap between prototyping and production,” says Scott Galloway, president and owner of GPI. “Also, with it we can create parts that would not be possible to manufacture using traditional methods.”

DMLS on the EOSINT M 270 is an additive manufacturing process. It starts with a CAD file that defines each layer of a cross-sectioned model. 20 to 40 µm thin layers of metal powder are deposited onto a build platform and laser-sintered by a focused laser beam. The platform is then lowered and the process repeated layer-by-layer until a three-dimensional metal part is produced. DMLS can “grow” parts — even those with extremely complex geometries — in just a few hours.

The M 270’s abilities for mass customization and building of intricate shapes make it an ideal technology for the orthopaedic, device implant, and aerospace markets. GPI will be using DMLS in these fields as well as creating device tooling, tooling inserts for molds, and short-run or custom-metal parts for field use.

“We are all looking forward to watching GPI apply its many years of expertise in creating elaborate prototypes, models and finished products to DMLS,” says Jim Fendrick, vice president of EOS of North America. “It is always exciting to see what comes of putting this equipment in the hands of innovative, imaginative companies.”

About Galloway Plastics Inc.; GPI Prototype

Galloway Plastics Inc., founded in 1980, is a custom plastics product design/engineering and manufacturing firm that specializes in medical models and rapid prototype/mfg. services. It employs a wide range of prototyping services in house and offers direct manufacturing in Lake Bluff, Illinois and also in Shenzhen, China since 1994. GPI Anatomicals is North America’s largest manufacturer of anatomical models; over 5 million models have been sold worldwide.

For more information visit: www.gpiprototype.com

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EOS and Victrex have agreed on a close cooperation in the future. EOS was founded in 1989 and is today the world leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems, the key technology in e-Manufacturing. Laser-sintering is the fast, flexible and cost-effective production of parts, directly from electronic data. It accelerates product development and optimizes production processes. Right on time for the Euromold 2008, EOS introduced the EOSINT P 800, the world’s first high-temperature system for laser-sintering of high-performance polymers.

According to Dr. Hans Langer, EOS founder and CEO: “The development of this system was a logical step forward into the future because laser-sintering is ideally suited for premium and complex applications which are frequently based on high-performance polymers. The EOS PEEK HP3 material based on VICTREX PEEK polymer has been developed in close cooperation with Victrex and is exclusively marketed by EOS. This is the first PEEK material that can be sintered and processed on the high-temperature system P 800. It will help to constantly further develop this material segment. Consequently, we look forward to close co-operative relations with the global leading PEEK manufacturer,” adds Dr. Langer.

This high-performance polymer ranks among the key materials of the future.  Be it for automotive, aerospace, medical or industrial engineering applications: The PEEK material is characterized by the exceptional combination of properties such as resistance to fire, lightness, high tensile strength and biocompatibility.

The sinter technology provides greater freedom of design to engineers, developers and product designers in all industries.  The generative layer build-up process results in maximum flexibility because three-dimensional geometries can be created and produced with utmost efficiency and cost effectiveness.

EOS and Victrex plan to conduct joint workshops and informative meetings in the future in order to present to the target groups the tremendous potential of this technology.

About EOS:

EOS was founded in 1989 and is today the world leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems. Laser-sintering is the key technology for e-Manufacturing, the fast, flexible and cost-effective production of products, patterns and tools. The technology manufactures parts for every phase of the product life cycle, directly from electronic data. Laser-sintering accelerates product development and optimizes production processes. EOS completed its business year 2007/2008 with revenues of approximately 70 million Euros, which is an increase of 17 percent compared to the previous year. The company employs 280 people worldwide, 230 of them at its headquarters in Krailling near Munich, Germany.

About Victrex:

Headquartered in the UK, Victrex plc is the leading manufacturer of high performance materials, including VICTREX® PEEK™ polymer, APTIVTM film and VICOTE™ Coatings. These materials are used in a variety of markets and offer an exceptional combination of properties to help processors and end users reach new levels of cost savings, quality, and performance. All production at the plant comes under Victrex’s existing ISO 9001 quality registration. VICTREX® is a registered trademark of Victrex Manufacturing Limited. PEEK™, PEEK-HT™ and APTIV™ are trademarks of Victrex plc. VICOTE® is a registered trademark of Victrex plc.

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High-performance polymers are among the key materials of the future. As a result of their outstanding material properties, they are well-suited for numerous applications such as aviation, medical devices or mechanical engineering: this group of materials stands out due to an extraordinary combination of properties such as flame retardance, light weight, high tensile strength and biocompatibility. In order to make the modern e-manufacturing way of production possible also for these promising materials, world market leader EOS has developed with EOSINT P 800 the world's first high-temperature system for laser-sintering of high-performance polymers. As the first material from this group the EOS PEEK HP3 material – belonging to the group of polyaryletherketone – has been fully developed for use on the new system. The new system EOSINT P 800 saw its world premiere introduction at EuroMold 2008.

“As a market leader in the field of e-Manufacturing the development of a system for high-performance polymers has been a logical step for us, because laser-sintering is ideally suited for premium and complex applications which are very often based on high-performance polymers” says Dr. Hans Langer, founder and CEO of EOS. “However, the development of such a system initially was considered to be hardly feasible in technical terms due to the high temperatures involved. As a technology leader we nevertheless took on the challenge - and we succeeded.”

Interplay with heat: EOSINT P 800

High-performance polymers are very interesting due to their excellent material properties for a number of applications and industries. However until now they could not be used in the laser-sintering process due to their melting point between 220°C (428°F) and 380°C (716°F) degrees. Due to its capability for process temperatures up to 385°C (725°F) the new EOSINT P 800 is the world's first system which enables the laser-sintering production process for this highly interesting group of materials. It builds on the proven and mature design of the EOSINT P 730. Through a number of completely redesigned components such as the processing chamber and a removable frame it has now been advanced to the level of requirement necessary for a high-temperature processes. Establishing a temperature level that is around 200°C (392°F) higher than with ordinary laser-sintering applications presented new challenges regarding long-term stability, managing thermal expansion and temperature distribution within the system. As a consequence EOS applied new materials that had not previously been used in laser-sintering system design. The patented deployment of glass ceramics for the removable frame serves as a good example here. As such, the design not only fulfils the process requirements of temperature distribution but also the mechanical accuracy requirements, taking into account as well the thermal expansion.

Materials with promising future

With PEEK HP3 EOS for the first time presents a high-performance polymer for laser-sintering. The raw material is converted into powder by EOS and processed to be suitable for the production process. Laser-sintered products reach a tensile strength up to 95 MPa and a Young's Modulus of 4,400 MPa. These values are up to 100 percent higher than for the materials PA12 and PA11 which are currently dominating the market. The continuous operating temperature is – depending on individual cases – between 260°C/500°F (electrical), 240°C/464°F (mechanical static) and 180°C/356°F degrees (mechanical dynamic).

Apart from aggressive acids, the extraordinary chemical stability makes PEEK resistant to any kind of chemicals. In applications such as aerospace – where lightness and flame retardance are of major importance – PEEK has developed into a popular alternative to metals. Due to it purity, its high stability and chemical resistance it has also proceeded to become the gold standard for HPLC applications (high performance liquid chromatography) in analytical science. In medical applications properties such as biocompatibility, sterilisability, high tensile strength and conductivity make this material an ideal substitute for stainless steel and titanium. Another reason which makes developers and designers search more and more for new material solutions and processing technologies in plastics is the high cost and innovation pressure. PEEK is considered to be one of the highest performing thermoplastic polymers and as such is seen as a promising material for the future.

About EOS

EOS was founded in 1989 and is today the world leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems. Laser-sintering is the key technology for e-Manufacturing, the fast, flexible and cost-effective production of products, patterns or tools. The technology manufactures parts for every phase of the product life cycle, directly from electronic data. Laser-sintering accelerates product development and optimizes production processes. EOS completed its business year 2007/2008 with revenues of approximately 70 million Euro which is an increase of 17 percent compared to the previous year. The company employs 280 people worldwide, 230 of them at its headquarters in Krailling near Munich, Germany.

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At this year’s EuroMold in Frankfurt, Germany, (3-6 December 2008), the topic of e-Manufacturing will be dominated by industrial series production – no matter if in aerospace, the medical sector or the toolmaking industry. The world market leader EOS will be presenting several technological highlights for increasing the quality and efficiency for e-Manufacturing with laser-sintering technology at stand F70 in hall 8.0. These include an entirely unique high temperature system for processing high-performance polymers extremely well suited for use in the aerospace industry and many other special applications. The EOS IQMS (Integrated Quality Management System) is being augmented with yet another important module through the introduction of an Online Laser Power Control (OLPC) that takes process control, parts quality and traceability to a whole new level. Another important EOS highlight at EuroMold 2008 is the Integrated Process Chain Management (IPCM) system for EOSINT M, which facilitates fast, user-friendly and secure handling of metal powders and parts.

Focus on series production

“Our stated goal is to establish e-Manufacturing wherever there is demand for highly complex and customized parts and products”, says Dr. Hans Langer, founder and CEO of EOS in Krailling near Munich. “Our presence at this year’s EuroMold therefore is devoted entirely to technical innovations that all contribute to increasing the quality and efficiency of serial production with e-Manufacturing.”

A world first: e-Manufacturing with high-performance polymers

Just in time for EuroMold, EOS is presenting a first in the industry highlight – EOS P 800, the first high temperature system for laser-sintering of high-performance polymers. As a result of their outstanding material properties, high-performance polymers are well suited for numerous applications such as aerospace or Formula 1. The EOS high-performance polymer PEEK HP3 has a tensile strength of up to 95 MPa and a Young’s modulus of up to 4400 MPa, values up to 100% above those attained by the PA 12 and PA 11 materials currently available. Depending on the field of application, the continuous operating temperature is between 180 °C (356 °F) and 260 °C (500 °F). This makes for excellent application-specific properties, such as flame retardancy, biocompatibility and sterilisability. Thanks to suitability for process temperatures of up to 385 °C (725 °F), the high temperature system is the first system worldwide to make use of this interesting material group for laser-sintering technology. The system is based on the sophisticated, tried-and-proven EOSINT P 730 and is built to withstand the demands of high temperature processing with newly designed modules such as processing chamber and exchangeable frame. EOS PEEK HP3, a material from the polyaryl ether ketone family, was the first high-performance polymer selected for use in the new system and readied for market by EOS.

Quality and efficiency innovations

EOS will also be debuting several innovations at EuroMold 2008 for enhancing quality and efficiency of the plastic laser-sintering process. The new Online Laser Power Control (OLPC) unit, for example, ensures a more constant flow of energy to the part built through regular control and readjustment of laser energy. This enables EOS to enhance the part quality as well as the quality control of the entire laser-sintering process. OLPC is available for the EOSINT P 730.

Another efficiency-increasing highlight in direct metal laser-sintering is the IPCM M, which consists of various optional modules that can be used in a variety of ways to suit the customers’ needs. A conveyor system facilitates fast and convenient emptying of metal powder from the EOSINT M systems. A sieve station for reused powder ensures constant powder and process quality and is capable of sieving even large amounts of powder. Laser-sintering operations are not interrupted during sieving, as required in a production environment. The IPCM-M furthermore enhances the traceability of the material used with exchangeable, clearly labelled powder containers. This factor is important for fields of application such as the medical sector, where proof must often be provided of the origins and composition of the material used. Last but not least, a platform-handling module makes it easier removing completed jobs from the system, even in conjunction with reference positioning of the building platforms. All modules are designed for efficient and economical use, even with installations of multiple EOSINT M systems.

Just in time for EuroMold, EOS is also presenting various new materials that open the door to new e-Manufacturing fields of application. They include Inconel 718, which is frequently used to produce aircraft engines and other components subject to high stress levels.

EOS will be located at stand F70 in hall 8.0 at EuroMold 2008, where it will display the new high temperature system as well as the familiar EOSINT M 270 and FORMIGA P 100 systems.

About EOS

EOS was founded in 1989 and is today the world leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems. Laser-sintering is the key technology for e-Manufacturing, the fast, flexible and cost-effective production of products, patterns or tools. The technology manufactures parts for every phase of the product life cycle, directly from electronic data. Laser-sintering accelerates product development and optimizes production processes. EOS completed its business year 2006/2007 with revenues of 59.7 million Euro which is an increase of 14 percent compared to the previous year. The company employs more than 250 people worldwide, more than 200 of them at its headquarters in Krailling near Munich, Germany.

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EOS GmbH Electro Optical Systems, the worldwide leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems, today announced the results of data gathered by Linear Mold & Engineering (Livonia, MI) comparing manufacturing times for creating molds and mold inserts in Direct Metal Laser-Sintering (DMLS) against traditional machining processes. The data were assembled during two-and-a-half years of costing out more than 50 commercial tool and mold projects across a wide variety of industries. The results demonstrate that, for many applications, DMLS significantly reduces production times and therefore costs. Cost savings using DMLS range between 15 and 30 percent, depending on the complexity of the part.

Because Linear has longstanding experience with machining, CNC tooling, EDM, and other tool and moldmaking processes, the company has a library of benchmark figures for how long different projects will take using these methods. Over the past three years, Linear has manufactured molds and inserts in maraging steel, stainless steel, and bronze using DMLS.

John Tenbusch, president of Linear, says, “Given the high cost of materials and energy these days, we are always on the lookout for savings and efficiencies. Often, when we compare our production times between laser-sintering and other manufacturing methods, using DMLS is the obvious choice.”

“Linear is a creative, innovative customer,” comments Jim Fendrick, Vice President of EOS of North America. “John and his staff are constantly exploring the capabilities of DMLS to shorten manufacturing cycles and grow parts that wouldn’t be as cost-effective, or wouldn’t even be manufacturable, using traditional processes.”

DMLS on the EOSINT M 270 is a form of additive manufacturing. The process begins with a CAD file that defines each layer of a cross-sectioned model. 20 to 40 µm thin layers of metal powder are deposited onto a build platform and laser-sintered by a focused laser beam. The platform is then lowered and the process repeated layer-by-layer until a three-dimensional metal part is produced. DMLS can “grow” parts, even those with extremely complex geometries, in just a few hours.

About Linear Mold & Engineering (www.linearmold.com)

Linear Mold & Engineering, founded in 2003, is a precision manufacturer of injection molds and prototype tooling for a wide variety of plastic components. An ISO 9001:2000 certified company, Linear has more than thirty-five years of expertise in product design, mold manufacturing and injection molding of finished and prototype products. The company employs a wide range of in-house prototyping and machining processes to ensure that it can provide the most cost-effective molding and tooling products to its customers.

About EOS of North America Inc. (www.eos.us)

EOS of North America Inc. sells, services, supports, and markets the entire EOS line of rapid prototyping, rapid tooling, and rapid manufacturing systems. This includes solutions for plastic laser-sintering as well as Direct Metal Laser-Sintering (DMLS). Founded in 1989, EOS GmbH is the world leader in the manufacture of laser-sintering systems. Laser-sintering is the key technology for e Manufacturing: the fast, flexible and cost-effective production directly from CAD data. The technology accelerates product development and optimizes production processes. EOS has completed its business year 2006/2007 with revenues in laser-sintering of €59.7 million (approximately $88 million), which is an increase of 14 percent compared to the previous year. EOS GmbH is headquartered in Krailling/Munich, Germany.

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EOS GmbH Electro Optical Systems, the world-leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems, today announced that Northwest UAV Propulsion Systems (NWUAV), an aerospace supplier, has purchased an EOSINT P 390 plastics laser-sintering machine. Northwest is using the equipment to produce high-quality aircraft components, including laser-sintered PA 2201 and PrimePart DC parts for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

NWUAV manufactures complex cylinder head temperature controllers, cylinder head shrouds and a variety of other parts for UAVs from Insitu, Inc. “Our greatest concern is meeting the tight tolerances and consistent quality that aircraft designs require,” says Chris Harris, president of NWUAV. “The EOSINT P 390 provides us with consistent, uniform, high-quality production parts that eliminate the need for secondary finishing operations such as sanding.”

With assistance and training from EOS technicians, NWUAV was able to go from installation to part production on the P 390 in just ten days. An essential step in the process was tuning parameters to meet design criteria within 0.001”.

Previously, NWUAV ordered the parts from an outside vendor and performed sanding and other finishing processes on them. Purchasing the P 390 and manufacturing the parts in-house has reduced the company’s supply chain and infrastructure costs such as part inspection, inventory, and storage. Northwest is now able to supply the components just-in-time and implement design changes within a couple of days versus weeks.

“The use of rapid manufacturing is booming in the aerospace industry,” says Jim Fendrick, vice president of EOS North America. “This growth continues to be driven by the ingenuity and innovation of industry leaders such as Northwest UAV Propulsion Systems.”

About Northwest UAV Propulsion Systems

Northwest ULD Inc., doing business as Northwest UAV Propulsion Systems, was founded in 2002 and has produced over 1,500 turnkey propulsion systems for Insitu Inc. of Bingen, WA. NWUAV coordinates closely with the customer to ensure manufacturing and design criteria are achieved. Engine run-in stations/dynamometers ensure performance criteria prior to shipping. Through various industrial skill sets and partners in manufacturing, NWUAV provides excellence in all aspects of production of propulsion systems. Circuit card manufacturing, machining, aluminum castings and rapid manufacturing, using the in-house EOS P390, are a small sampling of the company’s capabilities. NWUAV is on track to achieve AS9100 certification in the fall of 2008. Visit www.nwuav.com for further information – or Contact Chris Harris @ 971-241-6696 / 503-434-6845 / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

About EOS

EOS was founded in 1989 and is today the world-leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems. Laser-sintering is the key technology for e-Manufacturing, the fast, flexible and cost-effective production of products, patterns or tools. The technology manufactures parts for every phase of the product life cycle, directly from electronic data. Laser-sintering accelerates product development and optimizes production processes. EOS completed its business year 2006/2007 with revenues of 59.7 million Euro, which is an increase of 14 percent compared to the previous year.

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EOS GmbH Electro Optical Systems, the worldwide leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems, today announced that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit in the United States District Court, South Carolina, against MCP Tooling Technologies Ltd. and MCP-HEK Tooling GmbH. The lawsuit alleges infringement of U.S. Patent No. 5,753,171 through the manufacture, sale and use of the Realizer product line from MCP in the US.

In February 2008, EOS and Trumpf had announced a patent license agreement with MCP. Under the agreement, MCP received a non-exclusive license for certain EOS patents, as well as some patent rights from Trumpf regarding the laser-sintering process. These patents are relevant to MCP’s product line “Realizer”. However, the license does not extend to the USA and Canada. 3D Systems and MCP then announced in the same month that the MCP Realizer would be distributed in the US. As a consequence, EOS filed the patent infringement lawsuit against MCP on May 8th, 2008.

Johann Oberhofer, COO and managing director of EOS, comments: “Filing this patent infringement lawsuit is an essential step for protecting our patent rights in the US. We hope that this litigation will quickly resolve the situation".

EOS has had patents granted for a considerable number of its own inventions in the field of laser-sintering. Today, the EOS patent portfolio includes more than 50 patent families worldwide. The company also owns exclusive worldwide rights to all patents owned by 3D Systems Corporation applicable to the field of laser-sintering which were filed prior to August 20th, 2002.

About EOS

EOS was founded in 1989 and is today the world leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems. Laser-sintering is the key technology for e-Manufacturing, the fast, flexible and cost-effective production of products, patterns or tools. The technology manufactures parts for every phase of the product life cycle, directly from electronic data. Laser-sintering accelerates product development and optimizes production processes. EOS completed its business year 2006/2007 with revenues of 59.7 million Euro which is an increase of 14 percent compared to the previous year.

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EOS the world’s leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems, will present two new commercial materials at SME’s RAPID 2008 Conference and Exposition on May 20-22, Booth #500. The materials increase the range of prototyping and manufacturing capabilities for EOS’s equipment, enabling companies to further reduce production times and costs.

The new plastic, PrimePart DC, is an impact-resistant polyamide with a tensile strength of 48 MPa. It also has an outstanding elongation at break of 50 percent - that is about twice as high as those of previously available materials. The material is thus well-suited for automotive components such as interior parts but also for aerospace applications. For Direct Metal Laser-Sintering (DMLS), new EOS StainlessSteel PH1 offers high hardness, very good corrosion resistance and excellent mechanical properties, matching the traits of stainless steels currently in use in the medical and aerospace industries. It complements the existing EOS StainlessSteel GP1 material, which is a 17-4 stainless steel.

“We have already seen our customers achieve remarkable innovations with EOS equipment and our existing materials,” says Peter Klink, Executive Vice President Global Sales at EOS. “We are proud to showcase our new plastic and metal offerings at Rapid 2008, where forward-thinking product developers who are extending the boundaries of their individual industries gather to evaluate new technologies.”

Rapid 2008 will be held at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort and Convention Center in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. EOS, presenting sponsor of the show, will demonstrate its FORMIGA P 100 plastics laser-sintering equipment and the EOSINT M 270 for Direct Metal Laser-Sintering at its booth (#500). Dr Michael Shellabear, Vice President, is also a conference speaker at the Rapid Manufacturing session held on May 21st, detailing on quality requirements for industrial applications of DMLS.

Exhibiting EOS customers will include Morris Technologies, Paramount PDS, JonaTek, Solid Concepts, and Synergeering.

About RAPID 2008

RAPID is North America's largest annual rapid manufacturing conference and exposition. The event brings buyers, sellers and end-users of design, prototyping, tooling, and direct manufacturing technologies together in an environment that facilitates networking and business interaction. Attendees can evaluate the latest materials and machinery, compare processes, talk to industry experts, and make valuable contacts. Exhibitors can meet new customers, discuss projects face-to-face and generate sales. For more information, please visit www.sme.org/rapid and for a free voucher www.eos.info/rapid.

About EOS of North America Inc.

EOS of North America Inc. sells, services, supports, and markets the entire EOS line of rapid prototyping, rapid tooling, and rapid manufacturing systems. This includes solutions for plastic laser-sintering as well as Direct Metal Laser-Sintering (DMLS). Founded in 1989, EOS GmbH is a world leader in the manufacture of laser-sintering systems. Laser-sintering is the key technology for e Manufacturing: the fast, flexible and cost-effective production directly from CAD data. The technology accelerates product development and optimizes production processes. EOS has completed its business year 2006/2007 with revenues in laser-sintering of €59.7 million (approximately $88 million), which is an increase of 14 percent compared to the previous year. EOS GmbH is headquartered in Krailling/Munich, Germany.

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EOS GmbH Electro Optical Systems, BEGO Medical GmbH and BEGO Bremer Goldschlägerei Wilh. Herbst GmbH & Co. KG announce that they have reached a patent licence agreement. Under the agreement, EOS receives a world-wide licence for all patents from both BEGO companies which are relevant for laser-sintering. This especially pertains to the production of dental prostheses and/or dental auxiliaries using laser-sintering.

The licensed patents include among others EP 1021997 and US 7,084,370. The parties have agreed not to disclose the financial conditions of the agreement. Johann Oberhofer, COO of EOS, is very pleased about the agreement: “The agreement provides legal security for our customers. It also enables us to be a strong partner for further technical advancements as well as for the market development of dental applications At a very early stage, BEGO has recognized the potential of laser-sintering for the manufacture of dental products. The company has consistently developed the application and has also secured the relevant patent rights."

Christoph Weiss, managing director of the BEGO group, is also full of expectations: “The long R&D activities of BEGO in the field of laser-sintering finally pay out – the unbeatable advantages of the technology in the dental area are obvious. The company EOS with its comprehensive technology know-how is a very attractive cooperation partner. We look forward to various future synergy effects not only for a joint market development but also with regards to the next advancements of the technology."

Laser-sintering produces dental bridges and crowns layer by layer directly from CAD data. The basis are powdered metal materials, in the dental industry mainly cobalt-chrome alloys. One laser-sintering system produces up to 500 dental units per day. The automated production eliminates certain laborious and expensive processes for the dental laboratory, such as casting. The technology thus increases the efficiency of the dental industry and the productivity of dental laboratories.

About EOS

EOS was founded in 1989 and is today the world leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems. Laser-sintering is the key technology for e-Manufacturing, the fast, flexible and cost-effective production of products, patterns or tools. The technology manufactures parts for every phase of the product life cycle, directly from electronic data. Laser-sintering accelerates product development and optimizes production processes. EOS completed its business year 2006/2007 with revenues of 59.7 million Euro which is an increase of 14 percent compared to the previous year.

About BEGO (www.bego.com)

The Bremen-based Goldschlägerei BEGO is one of the leading dental companies world-wide. The company is managed by its owners and offers a broad range of products and services “made in Germany“ with its three business units BEGO Dental, BEGO Medical and BEGO Implant Systems. Since its foundation in 1890, the company is very active in research and development. It intensively fosters co-operations with universities and master schools and holds a variety of patents.

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EOS, the world-leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems, today announced that the 11th EOS International User Meeting (IUM) will be held from April 14th to 16th, 2008, at the Hotel “The Monarch” in Bad Goegging, Germany. The annual conference provides participants with a platform for discussing developments within EOS and the latest trends in the layer manufacturing technologies industry. EOS expects over 200 attendees from more than 25 countries, representing various industries.

Participants will share technical presentations and best-practice examples and attend parallel infoshops for details about e-Manufacturing solutions, quality management and the economics of laser-sintering. The IUM also provides numerous networking opportunities, including a special evening event.

“Every year, the IUM gives us an excellent opportunity to meet with our customers,” said Christof Stotko, Global Marketing Manager at EOS. “We would strongly encourage users of laser-sintering technology to attend the meeting. It provides a perfect occasion to share ideas, capture information and connect with other users, EOS experts and technical management.”

Further information on the IUM can be found under www.eos.info/ium

About EOS

EOS was founded in 1989 and is today the world leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems. Laser-sintering is the key technology for e-Manufacturing, the fast, flexible and cost-effective production of products, patterns or tools. The technology manufactures parts for every phase of the product life cycle, directly from electronic data. Laser-sintering accelerates product development and optimizes production processes. EOS has completed its business year 2006/2007 with revenues in laser-sintering of 59.7 million Euro, which is an increase of 14 percent compared to the previous year.

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EOS is looking back at another very successful business year. In fiscal 2006/2007, the company increased sales by 14 percent, achieving a worldwide turnover of €59.7 million and registering nearly 50 new customers.

Moreover, EOS’ order books for 2008 are filling rapidly. “We have successfully met the challenge of globalized competition,” says Peter Klink, Executive Vice President at EOS. “Our export rate adds up to more than 70 percent, which corresponds to approximately 42 million EUR.“ An extremely strong sales driver in the last business year has been Central Europe, where EOS exceeded sales expectations by almost 30 percent. This region includes, among others, Germany, Austria and Switzerland, where collectively almost a third of all EOS laser-sintering systems are installed.

In the last business year, EOS showed particular strength in the tooling, dental and medical industries. Other important markets include aerospace applications and consumer goods such as designer lamps and interior furniture.

EOS staff has risen to 250 worldwide. As a result of the company’s strong growth, EOS anticipates additional job openings, particularly in technical management and R&D. The high-tech company has already expanded its German headquarters, where 80 percent of its staff are based, by more than 10,000 square feet. Abroad, the highest staff growth is taking place in the US.

The consulting firm Simon-Kucher & Partners has recently welcomed EOS to the roster of the so-called “Hidden Champions” notes Dr. Christof Stotko, EOS Global Marketing Manager, “Hidden Champions are considered to be hidden market leaders. They distinguish themselves through high growth, innovative power and globalization, which is why we are very pleased to be included in the top of the list. We are experiencing double-digit sales growth in the current business year, and we invest almost a fifth of our turnover into R&D activities. This will help us evolve from a hidden champion to a visible champion in the future.”

Such positive results from EOS are supported by the company’s recently published survey about the future prospects of e Manufacturing. In the opinion of respondents, individualized mass production (“mass customization”) is gaining increasing importance in the Western world – creating ideal circumstances for EOS’ continued market leadership and success in 2008 and beyond.

About EOS

EOS was founded in 1989 and is today the world leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems. Laser-sintering is the key technology for e-Manufacturing, the fast, flexible and cost-effective production of products, patterns or tools. The technology manufactures parts for every phase of the product life cycle, directly from electronic data. Laser-sintering accelerates product development and optimizes production processes. EOS completed its business year 2006/2007 with revenues of 59.7 million Euro which is an increase of 14 percent compared to the previous year. The company employs more than 250 people worldwide, more than 200 of them at its headquarters in Krailling near Munich, Germany.

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EOS, world leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems, displays its medical applications at MEDTEC 2008 in Birmingham. The show will take place on February 13th and 14th at The National Exhibition Centre (NEC). EOS will highlight several applications ranging from medical tooling, implants and hearing aids to dental crowns at its booth.

Laser-sintering builds metal and plastic components for the medical device industry directly from electronic data. The technology delivers products such as bone implants, prosthesis, medical devices, dental crowns or hearing aids.

Key advantages of the technology are its freedom of design and its ability to produce individualized components without increasing manufacturing costs. Laser-sintering delivers implants or hearing aids tailored to the patient’s anatomy. Depending on the product size, one machine builds up several hundreds of individualized components in a single process and within less than 24 hours. Available materials include titanium, stainless steel, cobalt chrome and different polyamides.

Show highlights include a full-scale laser-sintered leg prosthesis. The prosthesis was developed and designed especially for manufacture with laser-sintering. The individually built unique product ensures an optimal functional and aesthetic health care for patients.

“UK is one of the largest medical manufacturing countries across Europe. The MEDTEC gives us an ideal opportunity to continue talks with manufacturers of medical products and to discuss how they can integrate laser-sintering into their design and manufacturing processes”, said Stuart Jackson, Regional Manager for UK and Ireland. “Laser-sintering enables medical device and equipment manufacturers to drive product innovation, manage product development processes, and to deliver improved product solutions fast and cost-efficiently.”

About EOS

EOS was founded in 1989 and is today the world leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems. Laser-sintering is the key technology for e-Manufacturing, the fast, flexible and cost-effective production of products, patterns or tools. The technology manufactures parts for every phase of the product life cycle, directly from electronic data. Laser-sintering accelerates product development and optimizes production processes. EOS has completed its business year 2006/2007 with preliminary revenues in laser-sintering of approximately 60 million Euro, which is an increase of 14 percent compared to the previous year.

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Mass production in the Western world is on the brink of a silent revolution and e-Manufacturing is an important part of that change. These are some of the conclusions of a survey conducted by EOS at recent trade shows in Germany. EOS, the world-leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems, interviewed industry experts at the K 2007 show in Duesseldorf and Euromold 2007 in Frankfurt.

Respondents were asked to focus on the following core questions:
• What will the production of tomorrow look like?
• Is individualized series production from CAD data going to prevail in the future?
• Which technologies will drive this type of production?

Their answers confirm that industrial production is facing a paradigm shift: e Manufacturing with laser-sintering is a key technology that will strongly compete with conventional technologies, such as casting, in the future.

DEFINING e-MANUFACTURING

e-Manufacturing delivers end products, functional parts and tools directly from CAD data – that is where the ‘e’ in e Manufacturing derives from. A laser heats and melts powdered plastics or metals layer by layer, until the build is complete and a final product can be taken out of the system. Whether it is jewellery, clothes, lamps, chairs or functional parts for industry that are being manufactured, e Manufacturing enables the creation of products with highly complex and filigreed structures and forms that are unthinkable geometries for conventional series production.

IS e-MANUFACTURING READY FOR THE MASS MARKET?

70% of the interviewees answered “yes” to this question. 33% believe that individualized production with laser-sintering is already market-ready, while 37% predict the establishment of the technology in the market within the next three years. The rest anticipate establishment of e Manufacturing within five years, with only 4% seeing a lag of ten years.

PHRASE OF THE FUTURE: MASS CUSTOMIZATION

What actually drives e-Manufacturing? The key answer is the trend towards individualized series production – also called Mass Customization. Both industry and end consumers increasingly request individually manufactured products, creating a potential demand for mass customization of those products. And this is exactly where e Manufacturing comes into play:

• 28% of those interviewed said that the trend towards individualized series production is the most important factor for the success of the technology.
• Nearly a quarter of the interviewees saw greater “cost savings compared to conventional technologies”.
• 22% judged that e Manufacturing will overtake traditional technologies due to “shorter product life cycles”.
• Significantly fewer interviewees counted factors such as “automated, unmanned production” (15%) and “decentralized production” (11%) as primary success factors.

CHALLENGES, BARRIERS, OBSTACLES

As with every innovative technology, e-Manufacturing with laser-sintering is not completely immune to competition from other methods; conventional technologies still offer some advantages, according to survey participants.

• 29% of the interviewees called the limited choice of materials as the greatest barrier to implementation of e-Manufacturing technology.
• Approximately a quarter of the respondents judged the “lack of know-how in the industry” as a hindrance.
• Another quarter think that lack of awareness about the technology is the main obstacle.
• The rest cited “lack of innovative power across companies” (12%) and “outdated production structures” (11%).
The majority of the interviewees thus felt that the difficulty is not so much the emerging technology itself, but rather a lack of knowledge and openness in the industry.

WILL TODAY’S MASS PRODUCTION DIE OUT?

Finally the interviewees were asked for their predictions about production methods 20 years in the future.

• A clear majority (63%) forecast the establishment of individualized mass production in the Western world.
• 21% believe that end customers will have their own mini-factories and produce their own products with Rapid Manufacturing.
• About 9% of those asked went so far as to remark that, in 20 years time, manual manufacturing will only take place on the PC.
Dr. Hans J. Langer, founder and CEO of EOS, feels that the results of the survey confirm his evaluation of the market: “We have been observing the trend towards Mass Customization for a few years already,” he says. “The number of consumer goods applications is increasing significantly, and manufacturers are seeing clear advantages with e-Manufacturing, especially when it comes to freedom of design.”

“EOS is currently working intensively on the development of new materials,” he adds. “We are fully aware that material choice is going to be a significant driver for our future business.“

About EOS

EOS was founded in 1989 and is today the world leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems. Laser-sintering is the key technology for e-Manufacturing, the fast, flexible and cost-effective production of products, patterns or tools. The technology manufactures parts for every phase of the product life cycle, directly from electronic data. Laser-sintering accelerates product development and optimizes production processes. EOS has completed its business year 2006/2007 with revenues in laser-sintering of 59.7 million Euro, which is an increase of 14 percent compared to the previous year.

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EOS, the world-leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems, announced that Mexico’s largest private university has purchased an EOSINT M 270. The Direct Metal Laser-Sintering (DMLS) system plays a pivotal role in the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey’s (ITESM) newly developed advanced manufacturing program.

The EOSINT M 270, which is the first such system to be installed in Mexico, will be located in the university’s advanced manufacturing facility on its San Luis Potosí campus. The facility features a plastics program that offers instruction in design, metal tool making and molding. The DMLS technology will be combined with an array of conventional tools used in the production of injection molded products.

“ITESM’s Department of Engineering and Science is making a substantial investment to develop a world-class program for the mechanical and industrial engineering curricula,” according to Dr. Fidencio Tapia, professor of mechatronics. “In addition to the traditional milling, turning and molding equipment, we wanted the latest technology for our students. We found that technology in the EOSINT M 270.” The DMLS system will be used for the direct production of metal core and cavity inserts for injection molds.

The technology selection, which was completed in only two and one-half months, began with an investigation of EOS’s plastic laser-sintering equipment. “Our original plan was to use the laser-sintering system for prototypes and patterns, but when we were shown examples of metal cores and cavities from the EOSINT M 270, the plan changed quickly,” stated Dr. Tapia. “The EOS machine gives our students access to new manufacturing technology that accelerates plastic part production.”

“We are pleased to be a part of ITESM’s advanced manufacturing program,” said Jim Fendrick, EOS vice president for North America. “Mexico is attracting billions of dollars in foreign investment. With their education program for innovative technologies, ITESM will be promoting further growth and new high-tech employment opportunities for the citizens of Mexico.”

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Additive layer manufacturing technology using a machine built by EOS GmbH, near Munich, is helping internationally acclaimed designer, Assa Ashuach, to produce interior furnishings that could not be made any other way. Laser sintering of plastic powder in successive horizontal slices taken through a 3D CAD model, a technique normally used in engineering to produce prototypes and products quickly.

A good example is Ashuach’s AI light.  Endowed with artificial intelligence, the light incorporates five digital sensors that cause it to move and morph its structure in response to changes in the space that it is illuminating.  The owner is able to interact with it using movement, sound and other lights.  Over time it develops new behavioural patterns and a unique character, becoming so familiar with its surroundings that it can behave unpredictably if moved elsewhere.

“Layer manufacturing from my 3D software allows me to create seemingly impossible designs,” said Ashuach.  “I use the EOS laser-sintering process because of the natural look, versatility and production qualities of the polyamide nylon. It enables the production of pieces that are aesthetically uncompromising and robust enough to be used functionally for their intended applications.”

Ashuach’s love of making things stems from his childhood on a kibbutz in Israel, where he made bizarre contraptions for his friends.  After studying industrial design at the Betzalel Academy in Jerusalem, he enrolled at the Royal College of Art in London where he experimented with digital modelling and rapid prototyping before becoming a designer.

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The TCT show marked the UK premiere of the new EOSINT P 730 plastic laser-sintering machine from EOS. Based on the EOSINT P 700, the only twin-laser system on the market and also one of the largest with a build chamber diagonal of more than one metre, the new model is up to 75 per cent more productive, depending on component geometry. Since the machine’s first appearance at the EuroMold show at the end of 2006, four EOSINT P 730s have been sold to UK customers followed by two EOSINT P 730 upgrades.

Featured also at TCT was the entry system FORMIGA P 100.  With turn-around times of less than 24 hours, the FORMIGA P 100 integrates itself perfectly into a continuous production environment that requires highest flexibility – at comparatively low investment costs.  The preparation and control of the building process is conveniently carried out at the user’s desk. Hence, the FORMIGA P 100 lends itself also to decentralised production.  On the technical side, the system is able to build vertical walls of high surface quality.  The fine focus diameter of the laser enables wall thicknesses down to 0.4 mm to be created for manufacturing small, detailed components such as connectors.

Direct Metal Laser-Sintering (DMLS) for rapid prototyping and manufacturing of metal components in small, medium and even large quantities, as well as for producing plastic injection and die casting moulds, was another focus of the company's stand.

The latest machine is the EOSINT M 270, which uses a 200 watt Yb fibre laser capable of being focussed to 100 microns diameter, allowing very fine detail resolution on the surface of the part.  It includes an innovative dual-focus feature, which automatically switches between different laser spot sizes during laser-sintering to optimally combine detail accuracy and building speed.
EOSINT M 270 has been sold successfully in the UK market since its introduction in June 2004, notably into the aerospace, motorsport, medical and academic sectors.  Ten machines were ordered up to September 2007, making the UK the fastest growing region in the world for these machines.

New metal powders were featured including EOS MaragingSteel MS1, a martensite-hardening, high strength, 18 maraging 300 steel (type 1.2709) offering increased quality particularly for series tooling applications.  Due to its strength and hardness, the material is suited to producing heavy-duty tooling inserts and is at least on a par with, or even superior to, conventional tool steels.

Following the launch at the last EuroMold of EOS StainlessSteel 17-4 powder, a new version called EOS StainlessSteel PH1 was announced at TCT.  It is a precipitation hardenable, martensitic stainless steel combining high strength, hardness and corrosion resistance, ideal for use in the medical, offshore, aerospace and nuclear industries.  The material is currently being tested by pilot customers.

Components made with other metals recently launched by EOS included examples in EOS CobaltChrome MP1, commercially pure titanium and titanium alloy powders, the latter opening up applications in the aerospace and medical industries, especially for implants.

CarbonMide was another powder on show, suitable for laser-sintering on EOSINT P-Series machines.  The material comprises carbon fibres in a polyamide matrix and is 25 per cent lighter than glass-filled powder, yet has high stiffness and strength, making it suitable for producing functional prototypes for mechanical or aerodynamic testing.  Typical applications are lightweight applications, such as required from the aerospace and motorsport industry.

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EOS exhibits at the K 2007 from October 24th to 31st in Duesseldorf. The world-wide leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems displays its current e-Manufacturing Solutions on booth 2E23 in hall 2. At the event, the company showcases two different approaches for the manufacture of series products in plastics: the product line EOSINT P creates plastic components directly from CAD data, layer by layer, within a few hours, fully automatically and without tools. The DMLS technology however, produces series tooling in different metal materials.

Visitors will experience a running FORMIGA P 100 at the booth. The plastic laser-sintering system produces components in different polyamide and polystyrene materials directly from CAD data. The maximum component size is 200 mm x 250 mm x 330 mm. The technology is ideally suited for the flexible and tool-less production of small, complex series. For larger components EOS offers two further systems, the EOSINT P 390 with a build envelope of 340 mm x 340 mm x 620 mm as well as the EOSINT P 730, offering a build envelope of 700 mm x 380 mm x 580 mm. Besides the running FORMIGA P 100, EOS showcases among others recent applications in the automotive and aerospace industry. On the materials side, the company displays a new flexible as well as a new, high impact strength polyamide material. New are also different materials in black and grey. The materials are already coloured before the laser-sintering process.

Direct Metal Laser-Sintering (DMLS) offers another way to manufacture plastic products. DMLS is a flexible and established technology for series injection moulding, but also for other plastics processing technologies such as extrusion or blow moulding. EOS has sold 36 DMLS systems in the last twelve months. The technology thus experiences a remarkable boom in the world of layer-manufacturing technologies. In total, more than 150 machines are installed world-wide. Approximately 50 per cent of them are used for tooling applications. Among these toolmakers are service providers such as CRDM, Dencker, EcoParts, FIT, LBC and QuickTools, but also well-known end users such as Bosch, Hella and Procter & Gamble. The success of DMLS is also confirmed by several repeat orders, like for example from the company FIT. “We have already manufactured more than 2,000 tools with the DMLS technology. For us, the advantages are mainly the short lead times and - as a consequence - the ability to react fast and flexibly to product changes“, stresses Charly Fruth, managing director of FIT GmbH. An EOSINT M 270, the latest DMLS system, produces tool inserts in EOS MaragingSteel MS1 live at the show. The material is a martensite-hardening, high-performance 18 maraging 300 tool steel (type 1.2709). It offers a tensile strength of 1,950 MPa and a hardness of up to 54 HRC after age hardening.

The solutions offered at the booth are topped off by three co-exhibitors: Materialise is the world-wide largest service provider for RP & RM, and has specialized on personal fabrication. The company exhibits a part of its .MGX collection. The designer lamps are produced with plastic laser-sintering. The table lamp "Chaos.MGX“ for example offers a very complex shade design in polyamide, which would have been impossible to manufacture with traditional technologies. LBC showcases different DMLS tooling inserts in EOS MaragingSteel MS1 and DirectMetal 20 as well as injection moulded parts. The DMLS components show complex inner structures such as conformal cooling channels. FIT, the third co-exhibitor, presents directly manufactured plastic products as well as tooling inserts with integrated tempering. The tempering is achieved exclusively by the usage of new grid structures.

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EOS, the world-leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems, today announced that Paramount PDS, a leading product development and rapid manufacturing company, uses PA 2210 FR material for rapid manufacturing of commercial aircraft components. PA 2210 FR, the first flame retardant polyamide for laser-sintering, has passed independent testing for aircraft burn, smoke and toxicity, as well as UL 94 V-0 flammability.

Prior to flying PA 2210 FR parts, Paramount’s commercial aircraft customer performed its own testing to confirm flame retardancy properties. “An independent lab tested PA 2210 FR under FAR 25.853 specifications, and others. It passed. In fact, the material outperformed five materials that were tested at the same time,” said Jim Williams, president of Paramount PDS. Meeting all regulations, Paramount proceeded with rapid manufacturing of more than a dozen flight hardware components for the commercial luxury aircraft.

Williams said, “Laser-sintering with PA 2210 FR has enabled this aircraft company to slash production lead times and eliminated tooling costs. Our customer has qualified and adopted laser-sintering for production of custom polymer flight hardware.” Williams also noted that the company leveraged the freedom of design that rapid manufacturing offers. “Each of the aircraft components was specifically designed and engineered for rapid manufacturing. This resulted in complex configurations, which could not be molded or machined, that addressed the form and functional needs of the aircraft hardware application,” stated Williams.

According to Jim Fendrick, vice president of EOS of North America, Paramount PDS is the first in the U.S. to offer PA 2210 FR laser-sintered components. Fendrick said, “Paramount had customers that needed flame retardant materials. When it learned of the new material, the company became a beta test site. Throughout the past eight months, Paramount has reported that it is very pleased with PA 2210 FR’s processing and properties.”

Jim Williams said, “From the very first run, we have been building great parts. There have been no problems, whatsoever. In fact, there is no difference between processing parts with PA 2210 FR and making them with EOS’s other polyamides.” Williams also notes no changes to visual or dimensional part quality. We tested it in our own in-house metrology lab and confirmed that there is only negligible loss in material strength compared to unfilled polyamide,” said Williams.

EOS has released PA 2210 FR, and it is commercially available worldwide. Testing by certified and accredited labs confirmed that PA 2210 FR complies with flammability and smoke generation regulations—FAR 25.853; ABD 0031/AITM 2.0002, 2.0007; and BSS 7230/7238—and smoke toxicity—ABD 0031/AITM 3.0005; BSS 7239. EOS also noted that PA 2210 FR has a UL 94 V-0 flammability rating and is free of halogens.

About Paramount PDS (www.paramountpds.com):

Founded in 1966, Paramount (Langhorne, Pa.) initially specialized in model making and pattern making for a wide variety of consumer and industrial products. Over the years, it has expanded its scope to apply advanced technology in all aspects of product development. Today, Paramount offers a comprehensive array of services. In addition to prototyping and tooling, Paramount sets the pace in engineered solutions for new direct digital rapid manufacturing of precision parts from 3D CAD digital input, utilizing advanced laser-sintering technology. Paramount’s services also include product design and engineering injection molding, full-scale manufacturing from domestic and offshore facilities, as well as assembly and packaging.

About EOS (www.eos.info):

EOS was founded in 1989 and is today the world leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems. Laser-sintering is the key technology for e-Manufacturing, the fast, flexible and cost-effective production of products, patterns or tools. The technology manufactures parts for every phase of the product life cycle, directly from electronic data. Laser-sintering accelerates product development and optimizes production processes. EOS completed its last business year on September 30th, 2006 with revenues in laser-sintering of 52.3 million Euro and thus continues its ongoing growth.

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EOS held its annual International User Meeting (IUM) from May 14th to May 16th. More than 140 customers, prospects and EOS partners from 26 countries attended the event. The first day included a tour through the EOS headquarters in Krailling near Munich. Subsequently, the group caught up on the latest trends and developments in laser-sintering during the following two conference days at Lake Fuschl near Salzburg, Austria. Various speeches confirmed and underlined impressively that the technology is becoming more and more accepted as a production method.

The aim of the user conference was the exchange of information, knowledge and ideas through speeches, panels and workshops. The event focussed on further increasing the benefit that laser-sintering offers to users of the technology and on the possibilities for using this technology in production. It also offered the opportunity to meet and network with customers, partners, developers, EOS employees and distributors in four different and parallel info shops.

Dr. Hans Langer, Johann Oberhofer and Peter Klink opened the conference. The discussion between the three EOS managing directors pinpointed some of last years’ highlights, such as new applications in the dental technology, new laser-sintering systems and last but not least recently launched and future metal materials. The lively talk was followed by a speech from Prof. Dr. Dr. Zeilhofer, Head of Restorative Surgery at the University Hospital in Basel, Switzerland, who stressed the increasing demand for laser-sintered parts in craniomaxillofacial surgery (CMF). Further top-class speakers included Christian Schmidt from Sirona Dental Systems and Tillmann Paul from Toyota Motorsport. Sirona produces dental copings using laser-sintering for more than two years now. Schmidt’s talk underlined the suitability of the technology as an efficient and competitive production method. In a further impressive presentation Paul portrayed how laser-sintering creates a high value in Toyota’s racing cars. Compared with sheet metal fabrication, laser-sintering is faster, more cost-effective and even lighter for numerous components – perhaps the final decisive factor when seconds count during the race.

All in all, this years’ IUM was especially hallmarked by a high presence of speeches revolving around the subject of e-Manufacturing, the fast, flexible and cost-effective production directly from CAD data. Attendees discussed not only trends in key industries such as medical and dental, but also novel and successful applications in series tooling. A special infoshop was dedicated to the subject of “Design Rules“, which elucidated optimized design for laser-sintering, for example for developing new light-weight products.

“We are more than satisfied with this years’ IUM“, commented Dr. Hans Langer, EOS company founder and CEO. “The number of participants and their internationality increase from year to year, and we also observe a growing implementation of e Manufacturing. From EOS’s point of view it is essential to communicate actively with customers and to provide a platform that enables the exchange of information among customers. This is exactly what we achieved. In return we learn from key customers and industry experts at our IUMs. This knowledge is incorporated into the development of our future products.“

Further information on the IUM can be found under www.eos.info/ium.

About EOS

EOS was founded in 1989 and is today the world leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems. Laser-sintering is the key technology for e-Manufacturing, the fast, flexible and cost-effective production of products, patterns or tools. The technology manufactures parts for every phase of the product life cycle, directly from electronic data. Laser-sintering accelerates product development and optimizes production processes. EOS completed its last business year on September 30th, 2006 with laser-sintering revenues of 52.3 million Euro and thus continues its ongoing growth.

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EOS presents its new generation of laser-sintering systems at the Hanover Fair 2007. The FORMIGA P 100 produces plastic products within a few hours only and directly from CAD data – completely without tools. Themed “small, fast, efficient“ it offers the cost-effective and highly flexible entry into the world of laser-sintering and e-Manufacturing. The system as well as applications from different industries can be experienced live at the EOS stand E23 in hall 17.

The FORMIGA P 100 stands for laser-sintering in the compact class. With a build envelope of 200 mm x 250 mm x 330 mm the system manufactures plastic products within a few hours and directly from CAD data. The machine is ideally suited for the economic production of small series and individualised products with complex geometries – requirements which apply among others to the medical device industry or to high-value consumer goods. At less than 24 hours, the turn-around times of the FORMIGA P 100 are extremely short. Therefore, the FORMIGA P 100 integrates itself perfectly into a continuous production environment that requires highest flexibility – at comparatively low investment costs.

On the technical side, the FORMIGA P 100 distinguishes itself by a variety of innovations. Especially when building vertical walls it offers maximum surface quality. The extremely fine focus diameter enables wall thicknesses of as little as 0.4 mm, thus qualifying the system especially for small, filigree components such as connectors for example. The revolutionary dispensing and recoating system leads to increased product quality and reduced powder consumption. Furthermore, the machine is extremely user-friendly and requires only a minimum of accessories. With its compact dimensions and a height of just 195 cm it slips through every standard door – resulting in higher flexibility regarding the installation location. The preparation and control of the building process is conveniently carried out at the user’s desk. Hence, the FORMIGA P 100 lends itself also to decentralised production.

The suitability of the system for e-Manufacturing is obvious when scrutinising the machine closely: 23 parts of the FORMIGA P 100 have been laser-sintered, from the filling hopper for the plastic powder to the switch cover and to different pyrometer elements, just to name a few. Still, the system cannot yet reproduce itself alone – but intelligently used, the technology achieves significant economic and technical advantages. The FORMIGA P 100 thus creates convincingly attractive products for the end-user.

About EOS

EOS was founded in 1989 and is today the world leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems. Laser-sintering is the key technology for e-Manufacturing, the fast, flexible and cost-effective production of products, patterns or tools. The technology manufactures parts for every phase of the product life cycle, directly from electronic data. Laser-sintering accelerates product development and optimizes production processes. EOS completed its last business year on September 30th, 2006 with laser-sintering revenues of 52.3 million Euro and thus continues its ongoing growth.

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Just in time for the EuroMold show from November 29th to December 2nd in Frankfurt/Main, Germany, EOS presents a completely new generation of laser-sintering systems. The FORMIGA P 100 is a laser-sintering system for the manufacture of plastic products. Themed “small, fast, efficient“ it offers the cost-effective and highly flexible entry into the world of laser-sintering and e-Manufacturing.

The FORMIGA P 100 stands for laser-sintering in the compact class. With a build envelope of 200 mm x 250 mm x 330 mm the system manufactures plastic products within a few hours and directly from CAD data. The machine is ideally suited for the economic production of small series and individualised products with complex geometries – requirements which apply among others to the medical device industry or to high-value consumer goods. At less than 24 hours, the turn-around times of the FORMIGA P 100 are extremely short. Therefore, the FORMIGA P 100 integrates itself perfectly into a continuous production environment that requires highest flexibility – at comparatively low investment costs.

On the technical side, the FORMIGA P 100 distinguishes itself by a variety of innovations. Especially when building vertical walls it offers maximum surface quality. The extremely fine focus diameter enables wall thicknesses of as little as 0.4 mm, thus qualifying the system especially for small, filigree components such as connectors for example. The revolutionary dispensing and recoating system leads to increased product quality and reduced powder consumption. Furthermore, the machine is extremely user-friendly and requires only a minimum of accessories. With its compact dimensions and a height of just 195 cm it slips through every standard door – resulting in higher flexibility regarding the installation location. The preparation and control of the building process is conveniently carried out at the user’s desk. Hence, the FORMIGA P 100 lends itself also to decentralised production.

The suitability of the system for e-Manufacturing is obvious when scrutinising the machine closely: 23 parts of the FORMIGA P 100 have been laser-sintered, from the filling hopper for the plastic powder to the switch cover and to different pyrometer elements, just to name a few. Still, the system cannot yet reproduce itself alone – but intelligently used, the technology achieves significant economic and technical advantages. The FORMIGA P 100 thus creates convincingly attractive products for the end-user.

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EOS showcases its latest product news at EuroMold 2006 (Frankfurt/Main, Germany, November 29th – December 2nd 2006). The world-wide leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems focuses on solutions for e-Manufacturing, the fast, flexible and cost-efficient production directly from electronic data. At booth F70 in hall 8, visitors experience a completely new range of systems for plastic laser-sintering as well as new materials for Direct Metal Laser-Sintering (DMLS). Highlight of the show will be the world premiere of the FORMIGA P 100, an entirely new system for the production of plastic parts.

“Every single new product has been developed in order to create a broader acceptance and higher market penetration for e-Manufacturing“, summarizes Johann Oberhofer, COO of EOS. For DMLS, the company puts a strong emphasis on new materials. EOS will launch several new titanium alloys in the coming months along with the material EOS MaragingSteel MS1. The titanium alloys open up applications in the aerospace and medical industries, especially for implants. EOS MaragingSteel MS1, a martensite-hardening steel, offers a significant quality boost – in particular for series tooling. The material is a high-performance 18 maraging 300 steel (type 1.2709) and offers highest strength. “Due to its toughness and hardness EOS Maraging Steel MS1 is ideally suited for highly-stressed tooling inserts. The material is at least on a par with or even superior to conventional tool steels“, emphasizes Ralph Mayer, managing partner of LBC GmbH, a selected pilot customer for the new material.

At the stand, EOS also presents the metal materials EOS CobaltChrome MP1 and EOS StainlessSteel 17-4. Both materials have been successfully launched in 2006. Due to their suitability for e-Manufacturing, they have made an important contribution to the exceptional market success of the DMLS technology.

Also the plastic laser-sintering technology is riding on a wave of innovations. EOS displays a brand-new system trio at the fair: the FORMIGA P 100, the EOSINT P 730 and the EOSINT P 390. The FORMIGA P 100 represents laser-sintering in the compact class. With a build envelope of 200 mm x 250 mm x 330 mm the system lends itself for the economic production of small series and individualized products with complex geometries. The EOSINT P 730 is an advancement of the EOSINT P 700, the only double-laser system world-wide for plastic laser-sintering. “With the new machine we set another milestone in terms of productivity. Depending on the part geometry, the system is up to 40 per cent more productive than the P 700“, reveals Florian Pfefferkorn, Product Manager at EOS. Last but not least, the EOSINT P 390 also offers a considerably increased productivity combined with increased surface quality. The product news are rounded off by a new version of the process software (PSW), the PSW 3.3. This introduces a range of new features which further support the use of laser-sintering in production.

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EOS GmbH Electro Optical Systems, the worldwide leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems, exhibits at the first AirTec. At the fair, EOS showcases different solutions of its technology for the aerospace industry. With a strong focus on new materials, visitors experience new applications in the world of kerosene, airfoils and engines at stand D10 in hall 8.

EOS offers different materials for plastic laser-sintering as well as for Direct Metal Laser-Sintering (DMLS) for aerospace applications. The world-wide first flameretardant EOS polyamide material for laser-sintering, PA 2210 FR, meets several relevant aerospace regulations and thus has qualified itself for end product applications in aircraft. Different airplane manufacturers have already tested the material, for example Boeing, Dassault and Embraer. Potential applications are singlewall and double-wall air ducts, fixtures, housings, container protection edges and cable ducts.

Among the new materials are also different metal powders for the industry. The material EOS StainlessSteel 17-4, an industrially accepted stainless steel material was launched in August 2006. Among the first dozen of customers is also The Boeing Company. The group received an order from an Asian carrier to produce frames for foot-level lighting fixtures in the passenger cabins. Within shortest time a new design was to be implemented in 19 airplanes. Boeing produced the frames in StainlessSteel 17-4 and had them certified from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). “We can save customers all kinds of time and money because we can do it quickly and cheaply, sometimes overnight“, states Les Tardiff, RPM Manager at Boeing about the advantages of the laser-sintering technology. The material is also ideally suited for industrial applications which require a high corrosion resistance and good mechanical properties, such as air intakes and exhausts, complex pipe connections for different media, highly stressed fixing elements as well as components with thermal, vibratory and mechanical requirements.

As next project EOS develops the titanium alloy Ti-Al6-V4. The material is planned to be commercially launched in early 2007.

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EOS, the world-leading manufacturer of lasersintering systems, has named Morris Technologies as an e-Manufacturing partner. e-Manufacturing describes the fast, flexible and cost-efficient production directly from electronic data. In its partner role, Morris Technologies will support EOS’s efforts in raising the level of acceptance for laser-sintering as a viable production method.

Morris Technologies brings a wealth of laser-sintering expertise into the program, which makes the company an ideal partner for the initiative. The product development firm based in Cincinnati, Ohio, operates four machines for Direct Metal Laser-Sintering (DMLS) and also acted as a pilot customer for the latest EOS material, CobaltChrome MP1.

Morris Technologies will contribute to the e-Manufacturing program by identifying and implementing suitable production applications as well as introducing the manufacturing industry to the opportunities and advantages. “We see EOS as the preferred supplier of layer-manufacturing technologies,” explains Greg Morris, principal and COO of Morris Technologies. The firm, which was the first U.S. organization to install an EOSINT M system, has had tremendous demand for its DMLS-based services and is now the largest DMLS user world-wide. With its capacity of four systems, Morris can quickly react and deliver on opportunities that implement laser-sintering as manufacturing technology. The company sees great potential for e-Manufacturing applications in industries such as aerospace and medical.

Morris, the first US-based e-Manufacturing Partner, joins FKM (Biedenkopf-Wallau, Germany), Materialise (Leuven, Belgium) and the University of Wolverhampton (Wolverhampton, UK) in the e-Manufacturing partnership program.

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EOS, the world-leading manufacturer of lasersintering systems, announced today that Morris Technologies, Inc. (Cincinnati, Ohio) has expanded its applications for Direct Metal Laser-Sintering (DMLS) with a new superalloy material, EOS CobaltChrome MP1. Morris Technologies, a product development firm, is one of a select group of pilot customers who implemented cobalt chrome prior to full commercial release.

Morris Technologies cites high strength, high temperature and corrosion resistance as the main advantages when making prototype and test parts with cobalt chrome. The company, which was the first U.S. organization to install an EOSINT M class machine, has had tremendous demand for its DMLS-based rapid prototyping services. However, it found existing materials could not address many of its clients’ applications.

Greg Morris, principal and COO, said, “There were many projects that needed a rapid prototyping solution, but the clients’ test conditions required elevated temperatures, corrosion resistance and better mechanical properties. Even though it took more time and money, we would end up machining stainless steel, or other alloys, to meet their needs.” In response, the company solicited participation in EOS’s pre-release pilot phase program for the cobalt chrome material.

According to Morris, client reactions to cobalt chrome have been very positive. The properties of the material have created new opportunities for DMLS, and the company cites aerospace and medical applications as its early focus. However, it believes that this is just the beginning. Morris stated, “Materials are the driver. With CobaltChrome MP1, there are many new applications for the technology. So many that we have seen probably less than one percent of all the uses that are possible.”

Morris expects that the material will also usher in more e-Manufacturing applications for end use products. e-Manufacturing describes fast, flexible and costeffective production directly from electronic data.

Through its past projects, Morris has determined that cobalt chrome parts are fully dense and that there is no variance in properties throughout the pieces. Morris also commented that the material builds well, processes easily and requires only minimal work to deliver a smooth surface finish.

Since introducing cobalt chrome, demand has increased substantially. Morris commented, “We have recently purchased two new EOSINT M 270 systems to handle the workload, and anticipate additional purchases as demand dictates.”

CobaltChrome MP1 is now commercially available, along with EOS’s new StainlessSteel 17-4. Titanium alloys are also currently in pilot testing at customer site and scheduled for commercial release early in 2007.

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EOS GmbH Electro Optical Systems, the world-wide leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems, receives the award “Fair Company“. The initiative honours companies that commit themselves not to employ highly qualified job starters on under-paid student apprentice or guest student positions. EOS is one of the so-called ”Fair Companies“. Together with 322 other companies, the firm stands for new ethics in the job world in which graduates receive a fair chance on appropriate payment.

In order to receive the accolade “Fair Company“, EOS had to meet five requirements: The expert for e-Manufacturing Solutions does not substitute full-time jobs by student apprentices, it does not put graduates off with a practical training, and it also does not lure student apprentices with the vague prospect on a subsequent fulltime job. When EOS offers practical training, then the training serves the job-related orientation during the course of study and is paid for adequately.

The career entry opportunities for job starters are only one example of the sound and trustful corporate culture at EOS. Basis for the company guidelines is the so-called value-culture: “Our values Fair, Responsible, Together and Excellent heavily influence our behaviour within the company, but also towards customers, suppliers and other business partners”, confirms Alexandra Wirnshofer from the Central Co-ordination Human Resources at EOS. “Taking part in this initiative is highly important for our company. It shows very well that our values do not only exist in writing, but that we implement and practise them in everyday life.”

On July 28th, the Fair Company Guide will be published for the second time. The booklet presents all “Fair Companies“ and is a supplement to the karriere magazine. In addition, the homepage www.karriere.de puts forward a company database including all “Fair Companies” with contact persons and the conditions for participating firms.

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EOS, the world-leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems, will present its latest product developments at EuroMold 2006. For the 13th time, EOS showcases solutions for Rapid Prototyping, Rapid Tooling and Rapid Manufacturing at the world's leading fair for moldmaking and tooling, design and application.

EOS has a great deal to offer at the event. One highlight is without doubt the world premiere of the new generation of the EOSINT P 700. EOS will showcase a new system - a further development of the EOSINT P 700, the world-wide only double laser system for plastic laser-sintering. With a build envelope diagonal of more than one meter it is one of the largest plastic laser-sintering systems available on the market. “With the new machine we set another milestone in terms of productivity. Depending on the part geometry, the system is about 25 to 35 per cent more productive than the P 700. We expect that the system will be increasingly used for the manufacture of end products – our so-called e-Manufacturing applications“, reveals Florian Pfefferkorn, Product Manager at EOS. The official product name will be announced at the event.

EOS is among the group of exhibitors that pitch their tents in Mainhattan year for year since the EuroMold was founded. “The EuroMold has always been and still is a must for us“, comments Dr. Christof Stotko, Global Marketing Manager at EOS. “At the fair we make several new contacts, and we foster contacts with our existing customers. EOS also commits itself as member of the advisory board. We thus want to ensure that the EuroMold keeps its character as top international meeting point of the industry.”

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EOS GmbH Electro Optical Systems, the world-wide leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems, receives the award “Bavarians Best 50“. The award honours the 50 companies in the state of Bavaria, Germany, with the highest growth rate.

EOS was able to increase its sales and number of employees above average in the years from 2001 until 2005. The specialist for laser-sintering technology thus receives the seal of approval “Bavarians Best 50“. The sales growth of EOS as well as the job creation emerged due to internal growth, and not purely from mergers and acquisitions. This was a crucial factor for granting the award. Together with the 49 other laureates, the company confirms the competitiveness of the Bavarian economy.

The price was awarded by Bavarian’s Minister of Economic Affairs, Erwin Huber, as well as the accounting and consulting firm Ernst & Young AG. Johann Oberhofer, COO at EOS, appreciatively received the accolade on June 28th at the official award ceremony at the Munich Residenz. Among the 50 laureates were 19 companies from Upper Bavaria and nine companies in the category technology/media/communication, including EOS. In this category, the average sales growth was +45.6%, topped by the average employee growth with +83.5%.

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For the second time already, EOS GmbH Electro Optical Systems has been awarded the TOP 100 seal of approval for its outstanding achievements in innovation. The accolade has been awarded to the world-wide leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems as part of a nationwide benchmarking survey. In the study, Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Franke of the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration investigates the innovation management of medium-sized firms in Germany. EOS secured itself a place among the hundred best companies and is now entitled to display the TOP 100 seal of approval. Mentor Lothar Späth handed over the award on June 23rd at the TOP 100 summit meeting at the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain. Dr. Christof Stotko, Global Marketing Manager at EOS, proudly received the award.

The study evaluates the innovative success on the market. At the same time, it assesses four areas of innovation management: innovative processes and organisation, the innovation climate, the way a company markets its innovative products and how innovative-friendly its senior management is. EOS convinced the jury in all categories and earned itself a place among the TOP 100.

“We owe this success to our good climate of innovation, which is characterised by close interaction between the individual departments, job rotation as well as realistic objectives“, sums up Stotko. EOS’s company guidelines furthermore specify that R & D employees are allowed to use a defined part of their working time for collecting ideas that go one step beyond the official development plans. And last but not least: new products are to put to the acid test in close collaboration with selected pilot customers prior to market launch.

Every year, Professor Franke uses a standardised procedure to establish the hundred most innovative participants in the TOP 100 study. Out of roughly 1,750 companies from all over Germany that registered an interest, about 200 ultimately took up the challenge.

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From May 17th to May 19th, EOS held its ninth annual International User Meeting. More than 120 participants from over 22 countries met at the event. They exchanged experiences on laser-sintering technology and informed themselves about current market trends, new applications and latest product developments. The tour through the EOS headquarters in Krailling near Munich on the first day was followed by two versatile conference days in Bad Aibling, a picturesquely located town with panoramic view of the Bavarian Alps.

At this years’ event, EOS introduced a new info-shop concept to its participants. The concept offered several parallel speeches as well as more room for discussion in smaller, specialised groups. Everybody could take the pick of the bunch and choose which session to attend: the conference put forward discussions and presentations on bionics, design advantages of layer manufacturing technologies, applications in the medical industry, in aerospace and for special-purpose equipment, but also new solutions in the field of Mass Customization for consumer goods, such as football boots. An expert panel led a lively discussion about the future of service providers for the laser-sintering technology and their need for ever improved products.

The technology-driven info-shops informed on current material developments such as cobalt-chrome, titanium and stainless steel, but also on the new flame-retardant and carbon fibre-filled polyamide materials. One of the highlights was without doubt the announcement of a new system for plastic laser-sintering, the EOSINT P 7xx. This machine promises up to 35 percent increased productivity compared to the present benchmark for productivity, the EOSINT P 700. In a further session the participants dealt with the vision and reality of e-Manufacturing. Different way-paver applications showed how e-Manufacturing helps to manufacture successful end products. The management consultancy McKinsey illustrated how laser-sintering continues to bring convincingly attractive products to the market. The attendees also discussed different options for the technical support and for customized materials services. EOS could offer these options to its users in order to support them in closing the gap between vision and reality.

"The EOS user group conference was very professional. The IUM allowed me to obtain a lot of new ideas for my company and also to gain insight in the global perspective to EOS's laser-sintering technology. EOS seems to understand that users want to interact with other users and not hear a sales pitch“, summarized Les Tardiff, Rapid Products Manager at The Boeing Company.

The next IUM from EOS will take place in early 2007. The exact dates and location will be announced due notice.

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The company FKM has ordered two further laser-sintering systems. The company offers EOS’s laser-sintering services since 1996. With the purchase of an EOSINT P 700 as well as an EOSINT P 385 – both machines for laser-sintering of plastics – FKM ramps up its machinery. The company now owns a total of ten EOSINT systems. The purchase of the new machines turns the specialist for Rapid Technologies into the largest European service provider for plastic laser-sintering from EOS.

In the meantime, the FKM machinery adds up to eight systems for plastic lasersintering, thereof four EOSINT P 385 and four EOSINT P 700 machines. The latter has a build envelope diagonal of more than one metre. Furthermore, FKM has an EOSINT M 250Xtended for Direct Metal Laser-Sintering (DMLS) and an EOSINT S 700 for laser-sintering of foundry sand.

FKM opted once more for EOS after having performed a thorough technical and qualitative evaluation of the latest available systems on the market. With the latest order FKM is able to offer its customers not only the known plastic materials, but also new EOS materials such as CarbonMide, a carbon fibre-filled PA 12. “We see a very high potential for CarbonMide in the production of large, mechanically loaded parts for racing and sports cars“, explains Jürgen Blöcher, managing director of FKM.

As with every other customer, EOS supports FKM heavily when applying new materials. Thus, FKM benefits from the broad application know-how at EOS. This benefit has influenced FKM in a positive way in the decision making process as the company strives for offering best quality services and a broad material range to its customers. The longstanding collaboration with EOS is also marked by a high mutual trust.

FKM is also a successful “e-Manufacturing Partner“ of EOS. With the participation in this programme, FKM makes a considerable contribution to the acceptance of lasersintering as manufacturing method for end products.

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EOS GmbH is in the process of re-orientating its fair activities according to the e-Manufacturing philosophy. Consequently, the world-leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems has become one of two Headline Sponsors for Rapid News Publications PLC, organisers of the TCT 2006 Conference and Exhibition. The event will take place at the Heritage Motor Centre in Warwickshire, UK, from 19th -20th September 2006.

Stuart Jackson, Regional Manager at EOS UK, states: “EOS has been a long-term supporter of the TCT exhibition and conference attending since 2001. The move to a Rapid Manufacturing focus in 2006 fits perfectly with EOS's vision of e-Manufacturing, the fast, flexible and cost-effective production directly from CAD data. Therefore, the timing is perfect for EOS to sponsor this event."

TCT 2006 is the UK’s No.1 Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing event and the endorsement of EOS underlines the importance of the show and featured technologies to the Engineering and Manufacturing Sectors.

Duncan Wood, Director of Sales for TCT stated: “We are extremely pleased that we are able to announce EOS as sponsor for the event this year. The work EOS is doing in the Rapid Manufacturing area makes them the perfect partner for the event. EOS is pushing the envelope with these technologies and of course that is exactly what we want to showcase with the event. It is a great fit.”

“It is also a great endorsement that the changes we have made to the event this year, in particular the addition of a Rapid Manufacturing conference, are exactly what the market wanted.”

“The solutions on view at TCT offer tremendous advantages to manufacturers looking to accelerate their products to market and we are looking forward to working with the EOS team to get the Rapid Manufacturing message into the wider domain.”

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EOS, the world-leading manufacturer of lasersinteringsystems, today announced that it has joined MotoCzysz, America’snewest and most innovative motorcycle company, as a technical partner. EOSjoins companies like Michelin, Elf Lubricants, Ricardo, Magneti Marelli, Ohlinsand BlackStone Tek in supporting the development efforts of MotoCzysz to bringtheir C1 motorcycle to the world racing stage.

MotoCzysz utilizes EOS’s laser-sintering process for rapid manufacturing of prototypes and functional components. Significantly reducing the lead times of traditional manufacturing methods, the EOS technology allows MotoCzysz’s development team to go directly from 3D computer data to finished parts in as little as one day. With only months to go before the second generation C1 is unveiled, the rapid response of the EOS technology is critical in designing and testing engineering concepts.

According to Federico Cioni, president of MotoCzysz, “Without the EOS technology, it would be difficult and extremely time consuming to make some of our ideas and design concepts a reality within our stringent time frames. We are thankful to EOS for their help, and pleased with the fit with a company that shares our views towards cutting edge innovation and the future of manufacturing.”

Following development of the second generation C1, EOS will support the production of the racer with its unique ability to decrease the time to make race-ready components. MotoCzysz will use the laser-sintering machine to accelerate investment casting of complex C1 parts and in the future will lean heavily on the technology for the direct production of high strength, lightweight titanium components.

Jim Fendrick, EOS’s vice president North America, stated, “We are pleased to be a partner with MotoCzysz. The innovative concepts in the C1 and the new ideas that the company has embraced are characteristic of the companies that get the most from the EOS technology.”

About MotoCzysz (http://www.motoczysz.com/)

Launched in Portland, Oregon in 2003, MotoCzysz is America’s newest motorcycle company. Its goal is to build America’s highest performance motorcycle, one that will be able to compete with the established manufacturers at the world level of motorcycle racing.

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EOS GmbH Electro Optical Systems and TRUMPF Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH + Co. KG announce that they have signed a patent licence agreement with Concept Laser GmbH of Lichtenfels, Germany.

This agreement also ends all existing patent infringement and invalidation lawsuits between the parties as well as patent oppositions.

Under the agreement, Concept Laser receives a non-exclusive licence to certain patents from TRUMPF and EOS in Europe and Japan, and thereby has the possibility to market LaserCUSING products world-wide except for the USA. The parties have agreed not to disclose the level of licence fees to be paid by Concept Laser.

About Concept Laser

Concept Laser GmbH was founded in 2000 and belongs to the Hofmann Innovation Group AG in Lichtenfels, Germany. Concept Laser GmbH develops and markets LaserCUSING® systems for manufacturing tool inserts and metal parts from series materials.

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WilliamsF1 has ordered two EOSINT P 385 systems from EOS. The order was placed following a thorough technical assessment of the technology over a six month period. Williams decided to keep the evaluation machine and has since ordered another EOSINT P 385 system. Williams indicated their interest to buy subsequent machines over the next 3 years.

“This investment gives us a significant increase in our ability to produce parts in very short timescales. We selected to P 385 because it gives us the best combination of build speed, quality and component size and intend to make full use of the expanding range of materials that can be sintered on these machines”, says Alex Burns, Chief Operating Officer of WilliamsF1. Williams will mainly use the laser-sintering technology from EOS for building prototypes for wind tunnel testing and mock-ups as well as components used in the FW 28 racecar.

“Formula 1 is a very interesting market for our e-Manufacturing solutions”, confirms Johann Oberhofer, COO of EOS. e-Manufacturing describes the fast, flexible and costeffective production directly from electronic data. “In no other industry the urge for speed in development and manufacturing becomes as evident as in the racing industry.”

EOS and Williams have also entered into a sponsorship agreement. Under the agreement, EOS has been designated “Promotional Partner of the Williams F1 Team”. The collaboration allows EOS to strengthen its position in the motor sport industry.

About WilliamsF1

WilliamsF1 is one of the world’s leading Formula One teams, with 16 FIA Formula One World Championship titles and 113 Grand Prix victories to its credit. Today WilliamsF1 employs around 500 personnel at a 40ha technology campus based in the heart of the UK’s Motorsport Valley in rural Oxfordshire. The company’s core competencies are the design and manufacture of Formula One race cars, and the deployment of this expertise in running the team’s entries into the Grands Prix each season. The company was formed in 1978 and is privately owned by Sir Frank Williams and his long-term business partner, Patrick Head. http://www.williamsf1.com/

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