Frankfurt/Germany, November 16, 2016 – EOS, the global technology and quality leader for high-end Additive Manufacturing (AM) solutions, has expanded its consulting and knowledge transfer portfolio of services under the name “Additive Minds". Based on three pillars of Consulting, the Innovation Center and the Additive Minds Academy, the EOS team of experts will directly upskill customer staff to help more companies benefit from additive manufacturing technology. They enable an even steeper learning curve for customers with respect to AM technology and genuine competitive benefits.
Faster help for customers during additive transformation
Many global technology corporations have realised the potential of industrial 3D printing and are strategically investing in the area. However, to succeed enterprises must go beyond just developing new applications.
The development of industrial 3D printing expertise and experience poses a challenge for many companies. The reasons are many and varied: while suitable study and training programs are only now being planned, but not all of them are actually on offer; and there are few trained and experienced experts in the labour market. Education in the technology can be both costly and time-intensive.
Güngör Kara, Director Global Application and Consulting at EOS, adds: “Our Additive Minds services cover the customer's complete lifecycle – from additive manufacturing fundamentals and the choice of correct component or application, to the engineering process and development of the application, right down to planning the industrial production, qualification and validation." He continues: “The huge innovation potential of this technology makes a key contribution to the current and future transformation process in industrial manufacturing. Based on our technology and extended consulting and training offers, customers can achieve the next level of innovation sooner."
Additive Minds Consulting: development and technology consulting
As a catalyst in development projects, advisors for strategic questions or technological experts, the Additive Manufacturing Consultants address each customer's individual requirements. The range of topics on offer covers the complete cycle: from technology fundamentals, component choice for AM production, design and AM-compatible engineering, to production scaling and validation. This means that customers can enlist Additive Minds at every step of their 3D printing journey.
Additive Minds Innovation Center: hotbed for innovation
With its Additive Minds Innovation Center, EOS extends its range of services in the field of counselling and creates a central hub of innovation. Companies can send a team of engineers and technicians to EOS with experts from Additive Minds overseeing their education and development for 6-18 months, with the potential to develop new applications through to a production stage. At the end of this phase, the team can begin production in their own company immediately, thus gaining a huge time advantage over their own competition. A “Center of Excellence" model, deployed on the customer's premises, is also available.
Additive Minds Academy: Courses, workshops, e-learning
The Additive Minds Academy will soon offer an additive manufacturing courses and workshops. EOS has also developed its own training program in collaboration with the University of Wolverhampton and the SRH Hochschule Berlin. Participants can qualify as an “AM Application Engineer" within six months through intensive learning modules and practical exercises. The first participants will begin their course in February 2017.
EOS is the global technology and quality leader for high-end solutions in the area of additive manufacturing (AM). The company, which was founded in 1989, is a pioneer and global leader in the area of direct metal laser sintering, and also a provider of a leading polymer technology. For these industrial 3D printing processes, EOS offers a modular solutions portfolio that consists of systems, software, materials, as well as technical and AM consulting services. EOS is the partner of choice for industrial AM-based production, and provides long-term solutions for industry. Customers using these solutions are able to take advantage of light-weight structures, cost reductions based on functional integration, product customization and accelerated product development and production.