EOS is introducing the EOS P 396 production system for the manufacture of plastic parts at this year’s Euromold. The successor model to the EOSINT P 395 offers features that comprehensively meet the growing demand for increased manufacturing efficiency, process stability, and building capacity. The latest CO2-laser generation and a completely revised temperature regulation enable double-digit increases in productivity. Global distribution of the EOS P 396 begins in April 2014.
With the EOS P 396, depending on the fill level and spectrum of parts, potential increases in manufacturing efficiency of up to 30% are possible. A reduction of the secondary processing times is achieved with a number of features, including a new point pyrometer and a low wearing, high speed recoater. Primary processing times are shortened with the introduction of a new and higher performance laser. The energy and material consumption of the system per manufactured component also has been improved. This results in a reduction in operations costs and in an optimized product carbon footprint (per part). When the system is viewed in combination with highly economical materials such as PrimePart® PLUS, then combined cost savings of some 30 percent per part are achievable in relation to the system’s predecessor.
The integrated point pyrometer continually and precisely measures the temperature of the powder surface for coating. This reduces secondary processing times leading to a corresponding increase in productivity. Furthermore, this feature forms the basis for a more stable regulation of the production process, improving process reliability. With the availability of Release 3.7 of the EOS process-software (PSW) at the start of series production, the functional scope is expanded, and furthermore the Windows 7 operating system supported. The building capacity of the EOS P 396 is in line with that of its predecessor, at 340 x 340 x 600 mm.
With the introduction of the EOS P 396, the plastic materials PA 2200 and PrimePart® PLUS (PA 2221) will also be commercially available for this system from April 2014.