At last year’s formnext powered by TCT, German additive manufacturing leader, EOS introduced its EOSTATE MeltPool solution as an add-on to the EOS M 290 DMLS system. Today the company has announced the completion of its pilot phase with Turkey-based customer TUSAS Engine Ind. Inc. (TEI).
This EOSTATE MeltPool tool is a process monitoring and analysis solution and is leading the way for complete part traceability and automated surveillance of the melt pool during the Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) build process. The MeltPool tool has been in pilot mode since with a handful of customers and TEI has been one of the first customers to support this.
“The decisive factor for customers on the road towards series manufacturing based on AM is reproducible top-quality parts at the lowest costs per part possible. The EOSTATE MeltPool Monitoring allows to move part quality assurance from post- to in-process, as such not only supporting a better risk management, but as well reducing time and costs for quality assurance and as a consequence overall costs per part," Lukas Fuchs, Application Development Consultant MeltPool for Monitoring Solutions at EOS, explained. “It is a powerful expert tool to those who need to improve their quality assurance procedures for AM and who want to build up deep insights into the DMLS process to e.g. support further process development."
Semih Pilatin, Technology Programs Manager at TEI, added: “We consider the EOSTATE MeltPool monitoring system as an initial step for online control and part quality inspection. As such, it was part of our initial technical specifications for the DMLS process and we felt privileged to be one of the first pilot customers to test it.” And he continues: “We are planning to use this tool for aerospace engine parts manufacturing where tight tolerances and high performance are expected. With this tool, we can capture potential part defects online at an early stage and with minimal effort to assess the part quality.“