By Scott Killian
EOS was founded in 1989 and is today the world leading manufacturer of laser sintering systems.
Laser sintering is the key technology for e-Manufacturing, the fast, flexible and cost-effective production of products, patterns or tools. The technology manufactures parts for every phase of the product life cycle, directly from electronic data. Laser sintering accelerates product development and optimizes production processes.
e-Manufacturing with EOS technologies is a method of manufacturing by which parts for consumer goods, industrial components and tools are laser sintered directly from electronic data. A laser selectively melts and fuses together plastic or metal in powder form layer by layer until, after the final layer has been applied, the completed product is removed from the machine. Whether dental implants, tools, aerospace parts, lamps or jewelry: e-Manufacturing makes it possible to produce customized products with highly complex shapes which, up until now, would have been inconceivable using conventional series manufacturing methods. Above all, e-Manufacturing is practically unbeatable when it comes to the assembly of bionic structures, innovations in the field of ergonomics (e.g., medical) or aerodynamics (e.g., aerospace). The process enables almost fully automatic production and also new production models such as decentralized manufacturing.