EOS will launch with the EOS P 500 its newest polymer system at this year’s formnext in Frankfurt. The company will also showcase its latest and growing portfolio of additive manufacturing (AM) systems and software solutions, services and consulting at the show
By providing 3D printing solutions for highly flexible and efficient production on an industrial scale, such as the EOS P 500, EOS intends to continue shaping the future of manufacturing. Customers benefit from maximum productivity, automation readiness and the ability to process polymer materials that require operating temperatures of up to 300°C. As such, the system is addressing the requirements of those customers wanting to introduce an industry scale mass production of high-quality polymer parts based on additive manufacturing.
The EOS P 500 features an innovative layering system, which applies and compacts the material at up to 0.6 m/s, with the two powerful 70-watt lasers reducing the costs per part by more than 30%. The system processes high-performance plastics, enabling maximum diversity of materials. In addition, the EOS P 500 is the most automation-ready system, intuitively controlled by EOSYSTEM with software integration in CAD systems, e.g. NX™ by Siemens, provided by EOSPRINT 2, and a connection to ERP systems provided by EOSCONNECT. Automated interfaces and optimized accessories reduce the cycle time and guarantee operational build times lasting several days.
Dr. Adrian Keppler, Speaker of the Corporate Management (CEO) at EOS: “The AM market is currently experiencing enormous change as it continues to develop into a mainstream market leveraging a well-established technology. As a result, our customers are changing too. AM becomes part of the existing production environment and will play a key role in the digitalization of manufacturing. Here, technology integration will be key over the coming years.” And he continues: “EOS additive manufacturing offers the key technology for advanced industrial production. Customers can rely on our profound and long-term experience, the largest installed system base in the market, our independence and our service and broadest consulting portfolio on the market.”
EOS remains on course for continued growth. Today, the company has customers in 65 countries. It increased its turnover by 10 percent over the previous fiscal year 2015/2016 to an expected €345M, making it the third-largest player in the still highly fragmented global AM industry. Over this period, EOS delivered around 450 systems worldwide. As such the worldwide installed base of EOS systems rose to around 3,000, representing approximately 51 percent polymer and 49 percent metal technology. As such, EOS also sees a continuous increase of metal applications particularly for serial applications which is also reflected in the 94 EOS M 4-series metal systems installed to date.
The business success is also reflected in continued growth facilities worldwide. In summer 2017, EOS moved production, training and parts of warehouse, quality, training and laboratories into an additional 9,000 sqm facility in Maisach near Krailling, Germany to ensure a continuous expansion of its production and training capacities. On a global level, the offices in both France and Singapore also grew.
In order to reflect the business growth, EOS also continues to expand its workforce. During the last year, EOS on-boarded another 200 industry experts. As a result, EOS now employs about 1,200 people worldwide, thereof 80 Application engineers and 120 service engineers.
EOS is welcoming formnext visitors to learn more about the transformation journey companies go through on their road towards 3D printing success. Customers today are facing multiple business challenges. The introduction of AM opens up new product and business opportunities, at the same time leading to a profound and necessary transformation of organizations to successfully implement AM and initiate disruptive change. Güngör Kara, Director of Global Application & Consulting states: “From more than 300 consulting projects we learned that nearly all companies implementing additive manufacturing go through four transformational stages. With each phase of their development, companies establish more knowledge and technological maturity, but at the same time also face different challenges.