Krailling, November 19, 2019 – EOS, the world's leading technology supplier in the field of industrial 3D printing of metals and polymers, is showcasing its Fine Detail Resolution (FDR) technology for processing polymers for the first time at the formnext trade show in Frankfurt (November 19–22, 2019, hall 11.1, stand D31). EOS is therefore the first manufacturer to develop a solution for powder-based industrial 3D printing using a CO laser. This will make it possible to produce extremely delicate yet robust parts with fine detail resolution surfaces and minimum wall thicknesses of only 0.22 mm. It will open up new applications for series production and will offer an even broader variety to the industry when it comes to choosing the right 3D printing technology from EOS for processing polymers.
The new technology will combine the best of two worlds – the detailed resolution of stereo lithography (SLA) with the durability and quality of selective laser sintering (SLS)."
He continues: “In future, depending on application requirements, customers will therefore be able to choose between the existing EOS P 500 version with a CO2 laser for high productivity and material flexibility; or the CO laser-based FDR technology for manufacturing extremely delicate components; or, if the focus is on maximum productivity with dedicated application material, they can decide for the upcoming EOS LaserProFusion technology concept that was showcased for the first time at the formnext 2018."
The EOS P 500 platform is primarily designed for companies that want to produce high-quality polymer components reproducibly on an industrial scale using additive manufacturing. In an initial step, a CO2 laser with a focus diameter of 0.5 mm and a laser output of 2x 70 watts will be used on the platform. This highly efficient, automatable system makes it possible to minimize costs per part and process polymer material classes such as PA 12, PA 11, PA 6, TPU, and other high-performance polymers. The use of this platform will also open up applications in the mobility and automotive industry as well as in the manufacturing of electronic components.
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 customers benefit from deep technical expertise in global service, applications engineering and consultancy.