Advantages of Additive Manufacturing (AM)Additive Manufacturing (AM) is ideal for making prototypes during the early development phases of a product - significantly reducing the time required for product development and market launch. But EOS also advises customers in the area of serial production, supporting them in finding the right applications, optimising these for AM and putting the innovative technology to work for their core business.
The strengths of AM lie in those areas where conventional manufacturing reaches its limitations. The technology is of interest where a new approach to design and manufacturing is required so as to come up with solutions. It enables a design-driven manufacturing process - where design determines production and not the other way around. What is more, AM allows for highly complex structures which can still be extremely light and stable. It provides a high degree of design freedom, the optimisation and integration of functional features, the manufacture of small batch sizes at reasonable unit costs and a high degree of product customisation even in serial production.
Companies in the most varied sectors of industry are now using AM for Rapid Prototyping (RP) and in series production. These include aviation and aerospace, medicine, automotive, special-purpose engineering, tool-making and lifestyle. Design and production companies use AM to make components for digital cameras, mobile phones and machine parts as well as interior trim elements for automobiles, components and modules for aircraft, medical and dental implants and much else besides.