At IMTS 2018, EOS, a leading technology supplier in the field of industrial 3D printing of metals and polymers, launches its new EOS M 300-4 system, which is part of a broader, modular metal 3D printing platform EOS M 300 for digital industrial additive manufacturing (AM) production.
The EOS M 300-4 expands the portfolio of Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) systems, among them the EOS M 290 system. The EOS M 300 series is an automation-ready, future-proof platform that is configurable, scalable, and secure. It comes with a build volume of 300 x 300 x 400 mm (11.8 by 11.8 by 15.75 in.) and serves a variety of manufacturing fields, including aerospace, industry, medical, tooling and automotive.
The modular platform has a configurable and scalable equipment architecture.
Depending on system configuration customers can choose between different solutions: one, two or four lasers, multi-power laser configurations (400 or 1,000 Watt), fixed or variable focus, different types of recoaters, new and expanded exposure strategies, part handling (manual or automated), monitoring options and three different clamping systems (3R, Delphin, Erowa).
Customers can also choose between two powder dosing options for full build jobs without refilling: bottom-up dosing to become independent of materials particle size distribution; and automated, top dosing to enable a closed loop solution.
The system will be compatible with the EOS Shared Modules in which manual or automated peripheral modules and transport logistics supply several EOS metal AM systems. As a result, all set-up, unpacking, transportation and sieving actions will be carried out independent of, and parallel to, the AM build process.
The EOS M 300-4 with four lasers will offer variable laser power sources in the future – from 4 x 400, to a mixed set-up of 2 x 400 and 2 x 1,000, up to 4 x 1,000 Watt laser power. The system also offers full field overlap with four scanners, meaning that lasers can reach all spots on the build plate, enabling full flexibility with regards to build orientation. The system enables an increased productivity by factor 4 to 10 compared to the EOS mid-frame system EOS M 290, dramatically reducing cost per part.
The robust casted frame enables 24/7 process capabilities. A permanent filter system has been integrated to eliminate the need to open the system up periodically for filter changes. The new, lifetime recirculating filter system offers automated cleaning, with residue collected in a bin beneath the build chamber. Longer jobs can be processed without job interruption.
The system line offers automatic job start procedures. Depending on the needs of the user, the system line includes powder contact-free solutions for health and safety standards. Like for all other systems, EOS offers fully integrated remote service and consulting for the EOS M 300 series to – for a sustainable business.
The EOS M 300 series come with software for all additive manufacturing process steps – from the preparation of CAD design data and build job preparation to quality control. As such it will be offered with the company’s existing EOSPRINT 2, EOSTATE and upcoming EOSCONNECT software platforms, for build preparation, production and monitoring respectively.
To see EOS’ products firsthand, stop by booth 432007 in the Additive Manufacturing Pavilion in the West Hall at IMTS.