What is Additive Manufacturing?
Definition & Technologies
Additive Manufacturing, Laser-Sintering and Industrial 3D Printing: How Does Additive Manufacturing Work?
In additive manufacturing, material is applied layer by layer in precise geometric shapes based on a CAD model. In contrast, conventional manufacturing processes typically involve milling, carving or otherwise removing material to create an object. The terms 3D printing and additive manufacturing are often used synonymously. Strictly speaking, however, a distinction must be made: 3D printing is the more colloquial term. Additive manufacturing refers to the general manufacturing process - the production of objects by adding material - under which various production processes such as rapid prototyping, rapid tooling or mass customization can be subsumed.
Additive manufacturing offers significant benefits to a wide range of industries, whether it's the ability for agile product customization, functional integration, or rapid and cost-effective spare parts procurement. EOS offers a variety of metals and polymers to suit each application. Read more about the various processes and materials that EOS has continuously developed and what advantages they offer your company.
DMLS Technology for Metal
What is DMLS and how does it work? All about the DMLS 3D printing technology, metal 3D printing & additive manufacturing in detail. Discover how it works.
SLS Technology for Plastic
What is Selective Laser Sintering and how does it work? All about SLS 3D printer, plastics 3D printing and the SLS technology in detail. Discover more.
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All you need to know about 3D printing. In free webinars, our experts explain the most common and urgent questions when it comes to additive manufacturing.
Benefits of Additive Manufacturing
Additive manufacturing can offer your company a significant competitive advantage. On-demand spare parts production directly on site reduces inventory and supply chain constraints. Lightweight designs mean less material, less energy, and less costs. Customization and function integration enable a fast response to customer requirements. We are happy to advise you.
Cost Efficiency: Is Industrial 3D Printing Worthwhile?
Industrial 3D printing can be a cost-effective alternative to traditional manufacturing processes in many areas.
Key cost factors include:
- Produce parts cost-efficiently, even in series production
- Accelerate product development and prototyping to gain a competitive advantage
- Reduce the cost of producing and stocking spare parts by producing them locally on demand
- Completely new product development, beyond tooling or wax models
Manufacturing & Energy
Completely new possibilities: maximum freedom of design, complex parts with low weight and integrated functionality. Additive manufacturing offers a wide range of competitive advantages to companies in the manufacturing and energy sectors.
Aerospace & Aviation
Functional integration and increasingly complex parts are decisive factors in aviation and aerospace. Equally important is the saving of material and weight - and thus CO2 emissions. An ideal application area for additive manufacturing technologies.
Great freedom of design, individual treatment based on patient-specific data, functional integration and adaptabilit. Industrial 3D printing opens up far-reaching opportunities for manufacturers of medical and orthopedic devices, orthoses and prostheses.
From rapid prototyping, lightweight parts and manufacturing aids to custom designs for concept or formula cars, 3D printing has become a fundamental competitive advantage in the automotive industry.
3D printing opens up a whole new universe of creative possibilities for designers and engineers. Almost any conceivable shape is possible - quickly and flexibly, with minimal material consumption.
EOS Industrial Plastic 3D Printers
Our Plastic 3D printers are available with various build volumes and laswer powers to meet your production challenges.
EOS Industrial Metal 3D Printers
Our metal 3D printers offer a wide range of build space sizes and laswer poer ratings - whatever your 3D printed application requires.
Additive Manufacturing Knowledge
Whether with consulting, training or free webinars - we accompany you from the first contact with additive manufacturing technologies to mature solutions for everyday operations.