At TCT Show 2017, EOS showcased EOSPRINT 2.1, the latest edition of its Additive Manufacturing CAM software tool, which enables manufacturers to produce parts with increased design freedom and flexibility. The software allows for different layer thicknesses to be implemented into a particular part, optimising it for production.
Gary Taylor, Regional Manager for UK&I at EOS, comments on the continued potential of 3D printing across industries in the UK: “Manufacturing is currently going through a fundamental change known as Industry 4.0. The next wave of disruption will be the digitisation of production and manufacturing, and industrial 3D printing is a key driving force behind this much-needed change.
“In the future, we will see two kinds of players in the manufacturing space – those who disrupt the market, and those whose business is disrupted. This is what makes events like the TCT Show so important in educating people about the positive benefits of this technology.”
EOS’s Additive Manufacturing solutions have continued to make waves over the past year, across a number of sectors and industries – whether complex lightweight structures, reductions in costs through functional integration, product individualisation or accelerated product development and production.
The latest version of EOSPRINT allows engineers to define part segments with different exposures, therefore strengthening parts in the exact area that are required, by assigning machine parameters optimised for high quality. EOSPRINT 2.1 intelligently calculates the best dosage for each layer, considering geometry and part positioning on its build platform. EOSPRINT 2.1 also incorporates a new and patented exposure pattern feature: ‘Power Reduction Factor’. This eliminates local overheating for narrowing part sections, whilst intelligently reducing and homogenising power input for stripe and chess exposure patterns—all without an increase in building time!
“The next step for the manufacturing industry is understanding how best to integrate Additive Manufacturing into existing and future production environments. Factories that will win in the future are those that successfully combine additive and traditional manufacturing approaches.” adds Gary Taylor.