EOS and MTU form strategic partnership for quality control in metal Additive Manufacturing

January 21, 2015

EOS, a leading manufacturer of Additive Manufacturing (AM) systems, and Germany’s MTU Aero Engines have been working closely to develop quality assurance measures for metal engine components using Additive Manufacturing. The two companies have now signed a framework agreement for the joint strategic development of their technologies.

The first result of this joint work is the Optical Tomography (OT) developed by MTU, an ideal and powerful complement to the modular EOS monitoring portfolio. In addition to several sensors that monitor the general system status, the camera-based OT technology controls the exposure process and melting characteristics of the material at all times, to ensure optimum coating and exposure quality.

mtu-slm-2

Additive Manufacturing of a vane cluster at MTU

in Munich, Germany

Dr Adrian Keppler, Head of Sales and Marketing (CMO) at EOS, stated, “MTU and EOS have been working intensively for several years and this collaboration is now about to develop into an even closer, partner-based technological cooperation, centred on their quality assurance tool. The OT solution enables us to perform an even more holistic quality control of the metal Additive Manufacturing process, layer by layer and part by part. A very large proportion of the quality control process that previously took place downstream can now be performed during the manufacturing process, with a considerable saving in quality assurance costs. This also allows us to satisfy a central customer requirement in the area of serial production.”

Thomas Dautl, Head of Production Technologies at MTU in Munich, added, “By employing the quality-assurance system developed by us for use in serial production, EOS is backing an industrially proven solution for its Direct Metal Laser-Sintering (DMLS) process. It has proven itself in practical testing and we now intend to make it available to other customers too.”

MTU has been amassing experience over several years by deploying the tool on EOS system, not only does this ensure comprehensive transparency but it also provides a quality analysis method for the entire manufacturing process and supports its full documentation. “In this way, EOS and MTU are jointly furthering the qualified use of Additive Manufacturing in aerospace engineering while also reducing costs. The monitoring solution represents a value enhancement not only for the EOS technology but for each and every customer as well,” Dautl added.

mtu-slm

 MTU produces components by selective laser melting (SLM)

 

www.mtu.de

www.eos.info   

 


Subscribe to our FREE e-newsletter

Your email address:


Useful links:  News | Articles | Introduction to metal Additive Manufacturing


Download the latest issue of Metal AM magazine

Our latest issue is now available to view online or download in PDF format.

As well as an extensive AM industry news section, this 196-page issue includes articles and reports on:

  • Sintavia: New facility signals the move towards volume metal Additive Manufacturing for aerospace and defence
  • Thinking about metal Binder Jetting or FFF? Here is (almost) everything you need to know about sintering
  • Metal Binder Jetting and FFF: Considerations when planning a debinding and sintering facility for volume production
  • Velo3D: How a ‘support-free’ Laser Powder Bed Fusion process could remove roadblocks to serial Additive Manufacturing
  • New horizons for Additive Manufacturing in the oil, gas and maritime industries
  • Redesigned for Additive Manufacturing: Serial production of a new fuel swirler for Siemens gas turbine
  • Understanding metal powder requirements for Additive Manufacturing: Views from the industry
  • Towards a true digital twin for the metal Additive Manufacturing process
  • > More information

Latest news

    E-newsletter

    Sign up to our e-newsletter, sent weekly to AM professionals and end-users around the world. We'll also let you know each time a new issue of Metal AM magazine is available.

    Discover our magazine archive…

    The free to access Metal Additive Manufacturing magazine archive offers unparalleled insight into the world of metal Additive Manufacturing from a commercial and technological perspective through:
    • Reports on visits to leading metal AM part manufacturers and industry suppliers
    • Articles on technology and application trends
    • Information on materials developments
    • Reviews of key technical presentations from the international conference circuit
    • International industry news
    All past issues are available to download in PDF format, in either single page format or as double-page “spreads” for viewing on large monitors. All downloads are free of charge. Go to archive...

    Connect with us

    Visit our social media channels and sign up to our e-newsletter