EOS Presents E-Manufacturing Solutions at K 2013 Trade Fair

EOS is presenting its e-manufacturing solutions for toolmaking and industrial production at K 2013, the plastics and rubber trade show being held October 16-23, in Dusseldorf, Germany.

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EOS is presenting its e-manufacturing solutions for toolmaking and industrial production at K 2013, the plastics and rubber trade show being held October 16-23, in Dusseldorf, Germany.

One additive manufacturing system the company is demonstrating is its Formiga P 110 plastics processing system. In particular, it will showcase application of this technology in a bronchial-grip solution with integrated functionality developed by partner firm Kuhn-Stoff for Wittmann Robot Systeme GmbH. Visitors can see advantages such as the small number of parts required, reduced production time, cost savings and weight reduction, EOS says.

The company also is presenting its EOSINT M 280 metal AM system, which can be used for producing such products as tooling cores for injection molding. This technology enables 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, EOS says. The faster heat dissipation from the workpiece is designed to reduce the length of production runs and cut down on waste while lowering unit costs.

“The K trade fair is an ideal platform for showing our current and future applications for e-manufacturing,” says Adrian Keppler, managing director, strategy and business development, at EOS. “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.”

Also present in EOS’ Stand E23 in Hall 2 at the trade fair is Czech company Innomia and France’s Pôle Européen Plasturgie (PEP), who are showing their own sector-specific solutions.

“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,” says Luboš Rozkošný, managing director at Innomia. “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. 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.”