Turkey-based pilot customer TUSAS Engine Ind. Inc. (TEI) reveals its learnings on the automated, intelligent and real-time process monitoring tool
Krailling, August 26, 2016 – Towards the end of 2015, EOS, the global technology and quality leader for high-end Additive Manufacturing (AM) solutions introduced its EOSTATE MeltPool solution as an add-on to the EOS M 290 DMLS system. This innovative tool paves the way for complete part traceability as well as an automated surveillance and analysis of the melt pool during the DMLS® build process – every spot, every layer, every part. With the tool EOS expands its existing comprehensive portfolio of monitoring solutions, ensuring even greater transparency of the complex build process.
After market introduction, EOS exposes its products to a subsequent testing phase with a handful of pilot customers. This phase has been recently completed. TEI has been one of the customers to support this. Lukas Fuchs, Application Development Consultant MeltPool for Monitoring Solutions at EOS states: “The decisive factor for customers on the road towards series manufacturing based on AM is reproducible top-quality parts at the lowest costs per part possible. The EOSTATE MeltPool Monitoring allows to move part quality assurance from post- to in-process, as such not only supporting a better risk management, but as well reducing time and costs for quality assurance and as a consequence overall costs per part." And he continues: “It is a powerful expert tool to those who need to improve their quality assurance procedures for AM and who want to build up deep insights into the DMLS process to e.g. support further process development."
Semih Pilatin, Technology Programs Manager at TEI, states: “We consider the EOSTATE Meltpool monitoring system as an initial step for online control and part quality inspection. As such, it was part of our initial technical specifications for the DMLS process and we felt privileged to be one of the first pilot customers to test it." And he continues: “We are planning to use this tool for aerospace engine parts manufacturing where tight tolerances and high performance are expected. With this tool, we can capture potential part defects online at an early stage and with minimal effort to assess the part quality.“
TUSAS Engine Industries Inc. (TEI) is a joint venture established in 1985 between Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. (TAI), General Electric (GE), Turkish Armed Forces Foundation (TAFF) and Turkish Aeronautical Association (TAA). TEI is the leader in aviation engines area in Turkey and a successful partner for OEMs in the global market with its reliable, high quality products and services that meets international standards. Today TEI continues its operations focusing its investment and initiatives on its main activity areas which are: Engine part/module manufacturing; engine assembly, testing and maintenance, repair and overhaul; engine design and product development.
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.