EOS, a leading technology provider for industrial 3D printing of metals and polymers, introduced EOSPRINT 2.0, the newest version of its additive manufacturing CAM environment. Together with data preparation software like Siemens NX, or Magics, EOSPRINT 2.0 delivers an intuitive user interface, greater freedom for application-specific parameter optimization, and enables easier part optimization. It is available for metal systems EOS M 290 and EOS M 400. Future iterations will include support for all current EOS metal systems and future polymer systems.
EOSPRINT 2.0 introduces a workflow-based approach for the graphical user interface reflecting the additive CAM process. The software architecture is built around the workflow of data preparation for industrial 3D printing. Through seamless, click-based functions, users progress through all necessary steps to prepare their file for printing. EOSPRINT 2.0 is intuitive and quick to learn since tools and features behave according to the context of each step of the workflow, simplifying the initial steps of the additive manufacturing process.
Increased productivity by new plane segmentation
New plane segmentation capabilities enable different layer thicknesses in one part, optimizing it for production. Segmentation lets users split a part along a plane so that it can be shifted in z-level to define part segments with different exposure requirements regarding quality and productivity. As a result, engineers can define segments where a very high quality is needed and can assign machine parameters optimized for highest quality. Segments where speed is more important can be processed with parameters optimized for productivity. As a result, users receive the optimal mixture of part quality and build time, leading to considerable saving of production time. This is key for serial production of parts with additive manufacturing.
Open ParameterEditor module: Even more freedom for expert users
Experienced material and process developers benefit from the open EOS ParameterEditor module as part of EOSPRINT 2.0. The ParameterEditor has an improved large and open tool toolset that contains unique exposure patterns and parameters, for greater freedom for application-specific parameter optimization. Users can also develop their own parameter sets. They can customize order and number of exposure types and vary the start and rotating angle for stripe patterns, for example.
New exposure patterns for excellent part quality
Exposure patterns determine the laser paths during the AM building process. In addition to the current exposure patterns, three new patterns were developed. One exposure pattern lets users produce previously unbuildable parts by avoiding support structures in areas where they cannot be removed. Two new exposure patterns can cut down up to 20% of build time compared to EOSPRINT 1. The range of selectable exposure patterns gives users choices so that they may optimize the quality of their parts.
Integration into present and future software environments
EOSPRINT is prepared for full integration into automated workflows for the digital future (Industry 4.0). Its functionality is structurally modular so it will be easy to integrate into CAD/CAM as well as ERP/MES environments. First partner to provide the integrated solution is Siemens NX, others will follow.