EOS introduced a new material handling solution called IPCM M Pro. The module is made specifically for the EOS M 290 which is equipped with a special process chamber door with coupling points to connect with the IPCM M pro and material containers. The combination of system and periphery enables users to convey material quickly and safely out of the system before sieving and refilling it back into the system.
In Additive Manufacturing, a laser beam fuses powdered material at points defined by computer-generated component design data. With the IPCM M pro, material not fused during the build process can be directly conveyed out of the AM system without opening the process chamber door and therefore without the operator coming into direct contact with the material. A vacuum pump removes the powder from the system and into the IPCM M pro, where it is sieved under inert gas within the module at a throughput of 120 kilograms of material in 30 minutes – 50 percent faster than previous solutions. Powder treated in this way can be reused for future builds.
For the user, this semi-automated, dust-free material handling within the process chamber of the AM system has clear advantages in terms of health and safety because it reduces the risk of contact with the metal powders. This enables the user to wear more comfortable protective equipment without compromising safety in any way. At the same time, even large volumes of material can be sieved and conveyed more quickly while reducing manual tasks. Moreover, the IPCM M pro module is mobile, which means it can be efficiently used for several systems. The features contribute to the improvement of user-friendliness and productivity of Additive Manufacturing.
With the EOS M 290 system and the IPCM M pro module, companies are provided with the right solution for a swift entry into the world of industrial 3D printing as an established manufacturing technology. The EOS M 290 system features a reproducible high part quality, a broad range of validated materials and processes, and extensive software solutions for data preparation and quality management. With over 500 systems around the world, the EOS M 290 is one of the most successful AM systems for processing metal materials that the market has to offer. With the IPCM M pro module, EOS expands this established AM system to even broader markets that require easy and safe material handling. Together with the comprehensive range of consulting services that EOS provides, companies have access to a holistic portfolio of solutions that enables them to successfully enter the world of 3D printing with a short learning curve.
Dr. Tobias Abeln, chief technical officer (CTO) at EOS: “Industrial 3D printing has proven its worth as a manufacturing method across industries and is being increasingly used for serial production. Companies should therefore consider now how they could make best use of the technology to strengthen their business. The EOS portfolio gives companies one single source for all the elements they need to successfully set up and leverage Additive Manufacturing to meet the challenges of production with an established, future-proof technology.”
EOS is presenting its EOS M 290 and IPCM M pro at the EMO Hannover 2017. From September 18–23, 2017, EOS will be at stand D52 in hall 27, showcasing its EOS M 290 system and the IPCM M pro module, supplemented by numerous applications that have been successfully realized using EOS Additive Manufacturing technology.