EOS på formnext 2021: ”Grow your part, grow your business, grow responsibly”

EOS, a leading provider of responsible manufacturing solutions based on industrial 3D printing technology, is convinced that the future belongs to digital manufacturing with this technology as one of the key drivers.

Under the motto “Grow your part, grow your business, grow responsibly”, EOS will present its complete portfolio of solutions, including metal and polymer technology, consulting services and learning programs, at formnext 2021 in hall 12.1 / stand D01 in Frankfurt / Germany.

EOS is deeply committed to meeting the needs of its customers while acting responsibly in relation to our planet. To underline its commitment to sustainability, EOS introduced earlier this year a holistic approach to sustainability and responsible production purposes. The goal is to expand the boundaries of manufacturing to work with its customers to ensure that future production will be less harmful to the environment.

Recently, for example, a systemic Life Cycle Analysis (LCA), conducted by EOS together with its customer YOU MAWO, and in collaboration with Fraunhofer EMI, concluded from the customer’s 3D-printed polymer glasses that the 3D-printed glasses can show a lifelong cycle. up to 58 percent lower CO2 footprint than the conventional manufacturing scenario studied.

A new coil design, manufactured by EOS Copper CuCP on an M 290 1kW system from AMCM, an EOS company, contributes to EOS ‘responsible approach to metal fabrication. The design enables a functional integration of heating and cooling in a single part, up to 20 percent shorter feed time for the coil, an up to 58% cost reduction, an up to 60 percent lower power consumption during operation and up to 2.5 times longer life.

EOS @ formnext 2021: ”Grow your part, grow your business, grow responsibly”Nikolai Zaepernick, Chief Business Officer (CBO) emphasizes: “Sustainability is on everyone’s agenda. It has always been in the DNA of our company when we focus on our customers and their applications. Now we take it to the next level. We are working to establish responsible production as the ‘new normal’. ” And he concludes: “We strive to increase the energy efficiency of our systems, reduce the total amount of waste, use resources more consciously at every step of the process and offer digital education. We invite partners and customers to join us on this journey and support our goal of responsible production. ”

Grow your expertise: Digital, sustainable education with Additive Minds Academy

The COVID-19 pandemic made it clear that we need to review business travel and education. EOS aims to take AM education to the next level and make teaching more sustainable.

In 2016, EOS founded its consulting unit Additive Minds, which supports companies in exploiting the full potential of industrial 3D printing throughout the value chain. Since 2020, EOS has expanded this offering with the digital learning programs from the Additive Minds Academy. This complete provider of training in the technologies Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) and Direct Metal Laser Melting (DMLS®) brings together the many years of experience from consulting services and technical training.

Through various learning formats, online and distance learning, Additive Minds Academy goes a step further in saving resources. The digital courses reduce travel times and other resources and costs, while making knowledge available more quickly and ensuring equal opportunities for course participants around the world.

CO2 Calculator: the contribution of the finished 3D-printed item to the CO2 footprint

An assessment of the CO2 footprint of an additively manufactured product must always be made in relation to a specific application. In addition to the existing consulting services, which mainly focus on a business case and cost-per-part analysis, EOS Additive Minds now also offers a life cycle analysis (LCA) of finished items as well as a CO2 calculation that helps customers calculate the CO2 footprint. of a 3D print production. Based on machine cost, energy, fuel and material consumption, EOS can calculate the footprint of a complete AM-based production. The life cycle analysis of the items starts with procurement, continues through the production and use phase and ends with the recycling.

ALM releases the AM industry’s first CO2-neutral polymer materials

Over the past year, EOS has also taken into account that powder materials can have a very large impact on the CO2 footprint. Advanced Laser Materials (ALM), an EOS company and leading developer of materials for industrial 3D printing, conducted a full life cycle analysis of materials, from extraction to production and up to delivery to customers in both the United States and Europe.

ALM has released the industry’s first CO2-neutral certified series of polymers, starting with PA 820 MF CN – a mineral-filled biocircular polyamide-11 material, and PA 802 CF CN – a carbon-fiber-filled biocircular polyamide 11, both optimized for high performance and certified CO2 -neutral. The basic material Polyamide 11, produced by Arkema and then adapted by ALM for AM production, is another step in EOS ‘commitment to responsible manufacturing and sustainability.

Rethinking resources: extraction, use, recycling

Overall, EOS’s goal is to rethink and develop the extraction, use and recycling of materials to reduce the footprint of AM powder production. In terms of material production, EOS aims to use more and more bio-based or CO2-neutral polymeric materials, ensure regional supply where possible, and constantly reduce the footprint of powder production.

In terms of the use phase, EOS is currently testing sustainability-optimized parameters with the aim of developing processes that either enable lower refresh rates or work with purified, old powder. In addition, PA materials are being developed on low refresh.

In relation to the end of the period of use and recycling, EOS is currently evaluating how powders and parts can be recycled into granules for eg re-use in injection molding. EOS will also extend the existing powder recycling program in Germany to other countries.

Source: IT-Kanalen by it-kanalen.dk.

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