EOS to Unveil a New Metal Additive Platform, New Booth Design at IMTS

At its newly-designed booth for IMTS, EOS will debut the new M 300 Series metal additive platform: a four-laser system that features full-field overlap and increased productivity of four to 10 times over its workhorse M 290.

As the product portfolio for EOS continues to grow—and as the presence of EOS metal and polymer additive machines in production facilities expands around the globe—EOS has overhauled its IMTS booth (West Building, Level 3, Booth 432007) to reflect the nearly 30-year-old company’s evolution. It all starts at IMTS 2018 with the unveiling of EOS’s newest metal 3D printing platform for digital industrial AM production.

On Monday morning of the show, September 10, 2018,  the company will raise the curtain on the EOS M 300-4, a machine that’s said to be capable of four-to-10 times the productivity of the workhorse EOS M 290. Like the EOS M 400-4, the EOS M 300 is driven by four lasers. However, the EOS M 300’s lasers can achieve a full-field overlap—and an equal load balance—with each laser able to reach all corners of the 300 × 300-mm build plate. The company says that this ability allows for greater freedom in decisions regarding part placement and orientation, accelerates build speed, and improves overall production, part quality and repeatability.

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The EOS M 300 also includes a self-cleaning, recirculating filter system as well as a gas-flow-optimized build chamber designed to reduce the risk of condensate and ensure the efficient clearing of smoke and debris generated during processing. Also new to this model is a bottom-up powder dosing unit with an external recoater blade that pushes powder into the build chamber before the second blade distributes powder within it.

At a sneak peek of the EOS M 300 I witnessed in Krailling, Germany, earlier this summer, Karsten Behrend of EOS product management said that the EOS M 300 is aimed squarely at OEMs seeking production solutions with metal AM.

The EOS M 300 will be located in one of three sections EOS’s booth which, in addition to showcasing metal AM systems and materials, will feature a section dedicated to the company’s polymer AM systems, materials and solutions. On the polymer side, the EOS Formiga P 110 Velocis (which debuted this past June at RapidTech in Erfurt, Germany) will be on display, as well as a virtual reality station for the EOS P 500. In between the metal and polymer booth sections will be the “Additive Mile,” which will double as a showcase of EOS’s booth theme, incorporating machine demonstrations, material samples and industry experts who will take attendees through four progressive steps of a journey in additive manufacturing. Each station will feature an application story with a corresponding part on display, as well as a touchscreen video kiosk that tells a digital story behind each application.

On Wednesday, September 12, Travis Egan, group publisher for Gardner Business Media, will emcee the EOS “Applied AM” user conference, featuring customers such as Boeing, Arconic, Siemens and others discussing their use of additive manufacturing. In addition, visitors can schedule interviews with top EOS executives from both EOS Global/Corporate as well as EOS North America.