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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EOS’ Collaborative Projects Coordinator, Joerg Lenz, will deliver a previously unpublished technical paper on the results of a European Union-funded project called Custom-IMD (www.customimd.eu) on plastic implants, titled “Laser Sintering of PEEK,”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.

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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
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Business Development Manager
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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

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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
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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
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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.

Contacts:

EOS GmbH Electro Optical Systems
Claudia Jordan
PR Specialist
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BESTinCLASS SA
Laurent Cataldo
CEO
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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
PR Specialist
Tel. 089 893 36 134
Fax: 089 893 36 284
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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.

Contacts:

EOS
Claudia Jordan
PR Specialist
Phone: +49 89 893 36 134
Fax: +49 89 893 36 284
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