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fathom - eos m280 and eos m290What is Metal Additive Manufacturing?

Metal additive manufacturing, also known as metal 3D printing, is a technology that produces three-dimensional parts layer-by-layer from a powdered metal material, unlike subtractive manufacturing processes which create parts by removing material. The layer build-up of parts offers the ability to manufacture metal parts with complex internal and external geometries in order to save time, avoid wasted material and reduce expenses in the manufacturing process. Metal additive manufacturing can produce complex metal parts from a wide range of materials without the constraints of traditional casting and CNC-based manufacturing processes. Components that would not have been possible to produce with CNC machining can now be made using a wide range of metal powders. Other traditional manufacturing methods like investment casting require tooling that is only cost-effective when large quantities are being manufactured. Additive manufacturing makes it possible to economically produce customized components in smaller quantities.

Why Choose Metal Additive Manufacturing?

Metal additive manufacturing has the potential to change the production of components and assemblies. Engineering materials such as stainless steel, aluminum, cobalt chrome, inconel and titanium can be used to create fully dense parts with outstanding properties. Metal additive manufacturing has been used as a prototyping tool for years, but the focus of additive manufacturing is now shifting to serial production. Metal additive manufacturing is now being used for the production of final metal components for a variety of applications in all industries including medicalaerospaceautomotive and industrial. Metal additive manufacturing is used to produce end use parts for an increasing number of Fortune 500 Companies who have adopted it as an integral part of their production processes.

What Are Some Advantages of Metal Additive Manufacturing?

A key advantage of metal additive manufacturing is parts consolidation. Because the metal 3D printing process can include intricate and complex designs, multiple parts can be combined into one design, reducing assembly costs. Designers can optimize parts to reduce weight and retain structural strength by including thin-walled components and fine meshes. 3D printing reduces the number of steps from design to finished product to cut time-to-market.

How Does Metal Additive Manufacturing Work?

Metal powder bed fusion machines use a high-powered fiber laser to fuse fine metal powders together using a layer melting process. The process requires a 3D Computer-Aided Design (CAD) STL file, which is sliced into layers. For each slice, ultra-fine layers of metal powder are deposited across the build plate. Required areas of the powder are then precisely melted by the laser, which is controlled by the STL file. As each layer cools, it binds to the preceding layer, slowly creating the part from the bottom up. A recoater blade lays new powder for the next slice and the process is repeated until the build is complete. Additive manufacturing systems from EOS can build in a range of metals including titanium, cobalt chromium, stainless steel, nickel alloy, inconel 718 and aluminum.

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1050 Walnut Ridge Drive
Hartland, WI 53029
ISO 9001:2015
AS9100:2016
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ARIZONA

444 W. 21st St. Ste. 101
Tempe, AZ 85282
ISO 9001:2015
NIST800-171 Compliant
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FLORIDA

14000 N.W. 58th Court
Miami Lakes, FL 33014
ISO 9001:2015 Design Certified
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CALIFORNIA

620 3rd Street
Oakland, CA 94607
ISO 9001:2015 Design Certified
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ILLINOIS

1207 Adams Drive
McHenry, IL 60051

1401 Brummel Ave
Elk Grove, IL 60007
ISO 9001:2015 Design Certified

NEW YORK

401 W. Shore Blvd.
Newark, NY 14513
AS9100:2016
ISO 9001:2015
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1920 Slaterville Rd
Ithaca, NY 14850
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TEXAS

1801 Rowe Lane
Pflugerville, TX 78660
ISO 9001:2015
AS9100:2016

1513 Sam Bass Rd
Round Rock, TX 78681
ISO 9001:2015
ISO 13485:2016

COLORADO

7770 Washington St.
Denver, CO 80229
ISO 9001:2015
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MINNESOTA

13758 Johnson Street NE
Ham Lake, MN 55304