With a decade of experience in direct metal technologies, EOS GmbH continues the success of its EOSINT M line with its M 270 machine. The EOS system distinguishes itself with high detail and smooth surfaces that approach those of the best non-metal rapid prototyping machines. The output is metal parts that are ready for use after a shot-peening operation. The company attributes the part quality to thin layers (20 micron) and small laser spot size (100 micron, variable).
Alloys for the M 270 include proprietary formulations, DirectMetal and DirectSteel H20, and commercial grade alloys such as cobalt-chrome and stainless steel. The company notes that other metals, including titanium, are also in development.
The M 270 fits within the company's "e-Manufacturing" strategy, which promotes the technology as a tool for advanced testing, limited production runs and rapid manufacturing. According to Jim Fendrick, vice president North America, "There is a high interest from the medical and aerospace industries because of the mechanical and thermal properties that are available with the alloys that we offer." EOS notes that M 270 parts have been used in testing where temperatures can reach 2,000C.
For more information, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4933-445.