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EOS FORMIGA P 110
An EOS FORMIGA P 110 as shown at K2013 (stock image)
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EOS EOSint M280 With Door Open
An EOS EOSint M280 additive manufacturing machine, as shown at K2013 (Stock image)
EOS, the German market and technology leader for design-driven, integrated e-Manufacturing solutions for Additive Manufacturing (AM), will be presenting current solutions for tool making and industrial production at K 2013. The world's leading trade fair for plastics and rubber takes place in Dusseldorf, Germany, from the 16th to the 23rd October 2013. EOS will present its current systems and solutions, both in the plastics sector, for diverse industrial applications, and in the metals arena, for tool making using injection molding. Also present on the EOS Stand E23 in Hall 2 will be the Czech company Innomia as well as Pôle Européen Plasturgie (PEP) from France who will be showing their sector specific solutions.
“The K trade fair is an ideal platform for showing our current and future applications for e-manufacturing. We are seeing a consistently high demand across the established fields of production. At the same time we are continually moving into new areas and discovering new possibilities for manufacturing,” says Adrian Keppler, Managing Director, Strategy and Business Development, at EOS. “In Dusseldorf, amongst other things, we'll be introducing existing reference projects, which attest to the functional benefits and cost advantages of additive manufacturing. The focus of the presentation will be tool making and applications for industry, both key areas for EOS.”
Two Central Themes at K 2013
In line with the main theme of the fair, EOS will demonstrate – by way of the FORMIGA P 110 – a plastics processing system. Using the system's predecessor model, EOS partner firm Kuhn-Stoff developed a bronchial-grip solution with integrated functionality for Wittmann Robot Systeme GmbH, based in Nuremberg, Germany. This particular application of the technology is being presented in detail by EOS at the K trade fair. Visitors will be shown the advantages, such as the small number of parts required, the reduced production time, and the cost savings. The weight reduction is also an important factor in this area. “The freedom of design offers significant advantages that can provide our customers with competitive advantages, which really set them apart from the field,” confirms Hannes Kuhn, Managing Director at Kuhn-Stoff GmbH & Co KG. The demo-system is the basic model from EOS, which has recently been improved still further.
Specialists in additive manufacturing processes, EOS will also be presenting the metal system EOSINT M 280. This can be used, for example, for producing tooling cores for injection molding. The technology allows optimized cooling channels to be realized during the production process with a precision that would not be possible using conventional production methods such as drilling. The faster heat dissipation from the work-piece reduces the length of production runs and cuts down on waste while lowering unit costs. In addition, thanks to the reduced production times for the tooling cores, it is possible to further cut the ever more significant 'time-to-market.'
Luboš Rozkošný, Managing director at Innomia, states: “We have been partnering with EOS for many years and are happy to showcase with them at K-fair the full potential additive manufacturing (AM) can offer for tooling. Under the AM-enabled conformal cooling concept we can create cooling channels driven by the shape of a cavity, and not by a drilling machine, with clear and proven advantages in terms of plastic process quality. Additionally, we offer among our services tool insert repair with EOS technology and as such are able to offer a true value add to our customers.”
Luc Uytterhaeghe, Managing Director at PEP, adds: “We truly believe that AM is a game changer for the entire tooling industry and are more than happy to be an EOS partner at the most important plastic tradeshow this year, the K fair. Our experiences, after eight years with the EOS technology, show that conformal cooling can help to reduce cycle times in injection molding by up to 30 percent. This value can be increased for a process that is using hot and cool system. It can considerably improve part quality through mold optimization, at the same time reducing considerably warpage and distortion. As such, the technology enables us to meet the most demanding challenges of our customers.”