EOS Announces Equipment Additions at Continental and i3D

Both companies are adding EOS metal additive manufacturing systems to their production capabilities. 

EOS has announced sales of its direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) systems to two customers, Continental and i3D.

Continental AG

Continental, a developer of technologies and services for connected mobility of people and goods, has added several EOS M 290 systems to produce metal components in series. The system is capable of reliably reproducing high-quality parts and enables innovative approaches to production, EOS says.

The two companies have collaborated extensively, with EOS installing the systems at Continental plants within 2 months and helping staff to launch AM capacities. 

Markus Glasser, Senior Vice President Region Export at EOS said of the collaboration: “We are very proud of our joint project with Continental and look forward to supporting the customer throughout every stage of the project. In particular, the strong spirit of teamwork between our two companies was a key criterion in Continental’s decision to work together with EOS. We will also be very happy to provide Continental with any assistance it may need in other fascinating projects going forward.”

i3D

Metal 3D printing company i3D, a specialist in aerospace and spacecraft components, has also expanded its AM capacity with the acquisition of an EOS M 400-M. With this investment, the company now owns seven DMLS machines including an EOS M 280 and five EOS M 290s. 

i3D is the first AM service provider in western North America to pruchase the high-throughput EOS M 400-4, EOS says. This addition is enabling the organization to meet market demand and bring large-frame metal 3D printing capabilities to complement their existing technology.

“The EOS M 400-4 is for serious 3D printing at a serial production level. i3D now has a very impressive DMLS line-up that makes them a formidable player in the market,” says Andrew Snow, senior vice president of EOS North America. “Their strengths go deeper than the technology and their talented team brings know-how to drive results for their customers. We couldn’t be happier for i3D—another great example of bringing AM to mainstream manufacturing.”

“3D metal printing is no longer future technology, it is now and our customers are moving at a rapid pace to take advantage of what true AM brings,” says Erin Stone, CEO of i3D. “Just a few years ago, scalability was a question the AM industry needed to answer. With platforms as robust as the EOS M 400-4, we have a solid tool to address those concerns and we’re delivering both capacity and quality to industries that demand highly engineered parts, such as aerospace, energy and medical.”

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