Krailling, April 1, 2020 – EOS, the world's leading technology supplier in the field of industrial 3D printing of metals and polymers, today launched a versatile online platform and LinkedIn Group to support the battle against Covid-19 on all levels.
In times of crisis individuals, organizations and governments need to stand together. We want to thank the AM community that has been working tirelessly, to find strong solutions for the fight against Corona. At EOS, we were fascinated by various activities all over the world and made it our prerogative to support in times of need. Right now, we are developing solutions and utilizing our network to facilitate inspirational exchange. We leveraged our global network of suppliers, partners, customers and the broader EOS community. This is why our open platform initiative features relevant data, impactful projects, and offers valuable files free to download – ready to print. All of these are designed to support pandemic-fighting and life-saving approaches. The 3DAgainstCorona site will be updated on a regular basis.
Improving people’s lives with the help of 3D printing has always been our aspiration. The current pandemic now calls for a joint approach, more than ever before. Today, we are asking all supporters to join us in tackling the challenges that lay ahead of us. Let’s do what our technology is enabling us for: Let’s think differently and push the boundaries of what is possible.
We are extremely proud to work alongside so many brilliant minds inside and outside of EOS who are developing and delivering critical solutions for those in need.”
We know 3D printing is not accessible to everyone – especially industrial grade additive manufacturing technologies. EOS has been supporting the medical industry for many years – with certified systems, certified materials and qualified processes, expert and consulting knowledge. We globally meet the high regulation needs as well as FDA and MDR-conform standards applied to medical applications. Now EOS puts its experience and knowledge at the service of this initiative.
While helping is a top priority for EOS, we also want to make sure that the projects we are supporting are effective, lasting and of a quality that is mandatory when human lives have to be saved. In order to ensure that everything we share on the landing page is safe and a valuable contribution to what we now, our global expert team screens every contribution first to ensure that it meets the high medical standards needed in a pandemic.
The key goal for governments worldwide currently is to maintain adequate patient care. Those fighting Covid-19 on the frontlines are often lacking proper protection equipment due to difficulties in supplying the vast numbers needed e.g. in hospitals worldwide.
At the same time, the challenges continue while trying to meet the immense demand for medical devices, protective clothing and masks. Federal governments are approaching both traditional and 3D printing manufacturers to support production scaling of medical equipment needed in a pandemic.
One of the most valuable benefits additive manufacturing can contribute here is that it can help to reduce the sole dependence on traditional supply chains. Based on AM, critical shortages can be more rapidly addressed. Moreover, traditional manufacturing ramp up is accelerated and further supply chain shortages can be eliminated via digital manufacturing.
At the same time, the latter also enables a more distributed manufacturing. Data can be shared or sent across the globe and products can be 3D printed where they are most needed. Which becomes even more important during a pandemic when supply chains are disrupted by international shutdowns and transport restrictions.
We want to provide sustainable support. Current activities range from filling critical needs, to helping repurpose existing equipment or providing rapid tooling for traditional manufacturing. And with a future perspective, digitize critical items to avoid future problems or shortages.”
EOS is the world's leading technology supplier in the field of industrial 3D printing of metals and polymers. Formed in 1989, the independent company is pioneer and innovator for comprehensive solutions in additive manufacturing. Its product portfolio of EOS systems, materials, and process parameters gives customers crucial competitive advantages in terms of product quality and the long-term economic sustainability of their manufacturing processes. Furthermore, EOS customers benefit from deep technical expertise in global service, applications engineering and consultancy.