EOS GmbH, headquartered in Krailling, Germany, has partnered with Hyperganic Group, a software company headquartered in Munich, Germany, to advance the design of Additive Manufacturing parts for space propulsion.
Dr Hans J Langer, founder of EOS, stated, “As a constant and pioneering innovator, we are now partnering with Hyperganic to introduce another paradigm shift in AM. It is a design shift that expands solution spaces as well as performance levels. At the same time, it will revolutionise the design process for AM, making AM a truly digital workflow from software-generated Algorithmic Engineering to digital manufacturing.”
EOS explains that freedom of design has always been one of the guiding principles of Additive Manufacturing, enabling part structures and applications that were impossible to manufacture using traditional production processes. The partnership between EOS and Hyperganic is expected to take this approach to the next level.
An example of this is the aerospike rocket engine designed by Hyperganic and additively manufactured by EOS and AMCM, an EOS Group company. The aerospike engine, generally considered an engineering and manufacturing challenge, was built from the ground up using an algorithmic model by Hyperganic. One of the hundreds of designs produced by Hyperganic in just days was built on an EOS M 400-4 machine. The highly complex part was additively manufactured with zero support using the newly developed EOS NickelAlloy IN718.
Consequently, the aerospike engine was automatically reengineered for production on a substantially larger AMCM M 4K system in EOS CopperAlloy CuCrZr. The combination of this level of design complexity with the capability to additively manufacture in this size reliably is hoped to drive innovation in space propulsion.
Lin Kayser, CEO of Hyperganic, commented, “We are very excited to partner with EOS in this industry-first collaboration. Algorithmic Engineering translates ideas into designs in minutes, with the engineer setting the rules and the computer generating the results. Specifically, the field of space propulsion which still uses very conservative designs, will benefit greatly from Algorithmic Engineering.”