Cooksongold, based in Birmingham, UK, together with EOS GmbH have announced the launch of the Precious M 080 Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) system. The new system is claimed to offer an affordable, compact, and design-driven manufacturing solution for the production of watch and jewellery products.
“This Additive Manufacturing (AM) process introduces an innovative and paradigm shifting technology to the luxury goods industry,” stated Dr Adrian Keppler, Chief Marketing Officer at EOS. “With Cooksongold we found the perfect partner for the extension of our technology into this industry. Additive Manufacturing paves the way for a completely new approach towards design and manufacturing, enabling the design-driven manufacturing the industry has long been searching for.”
At Cooksongold the product and service offerings will range from the sale and installation of Precious M 080 machines to the supporting supply chain for jewellery and watch production including licences, advanced metal powder, software and training. Cooksongold will also provide consultation for a DMLS-driven design process and bureau service for the production of bespoke precious metal parts.
“AM will change the economics of producing watch and jewellery products by offering a streamlined manufacturing process that dramatically reduces the time required from design conception to final part realisation,” stated David Fletcher, European Product Manager at Cooksongold.
The Precious M 080 system is equipped with a 100-watt fibre laser, providing what is claimed to be exceptional beam quality and power stability, guaranteeing consistent processing conditions for the highest quality parts building.
It is designed to ensure maximum accountability of the precious metal powder used in the process. The system also enables quick turnaround between jobs and materials via its cartridge based system, which includes an extraction cartridge for easy removal of powder. The Precious M 080 has an 80 mm diameter round build platform with a working stroke of 95 mm (high, including building platform).
The advanced metal powders produced by Cooksongold have been optimised to match the performance of the Precious M 080 system, ensuring that customers can start building parts immediately upon machine installation. Currently the system can build parts using a variety of gold alloys and future development of additional materials to meet customer requirements is planned.