EOS GmbH, headquartered in Krailling, Germany, has announced its new Contract Manufacturing Network that connects customers with established Additive Manufacturing production partners, enabling them to create additively manufactured parts quickly and reliably.
The network will initially focus on the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, and includes the following seven partners: FKM, Erpro, Volum-E, Pankl, Materialise, Oerlikon, Hasenauer & Hesser. It is expected to expand globally, with more partners joining in the coming months.
With the new Contract Manufacturing Network, those searching for a trusted partner to produce AM parts, from rapid prototyping up to small series volumes of 1,000 parts, can approach the network for support rather than manufacturing in-house.
“We want our customers to be successful,” stated Markus Glasser, senior vice president EMEA at EOS. “When outsourcing their AM production to a partner from the Contract Manufacturing Network, small series customers will get the same EOS quality and industry expertise all our customers are used to. Our network partners are also able to act as pilot users for new technology developments at EOS, giving us valuable input and together developing the innovations that will shape the future of AM.”
To become a network partner, companies undergo a thorough and dedicated evaluation and must fulfil certain criteria, such as needing to serve customers across EMEA. Experienced partners must have a minimum of five EOS AM machines installed from the latest generation of machines, all being regularly maintained and inspected. EOS offers the tools required to ensure remote service as part of a preventive maintenance programme, enabling EOS production partners to provide high levels of performance and system availability.
Additionally, Contract Manufacturer Network partners must process either EOS or EOS ecosystem powder with their AM machines to ensure they can maintain the network’s quality promise. To ensure high quality standards, the partner must have a proven quality management system that complies with ISO 9001 and meets defined KPIs in areas such as customer satisfaction, scrap rates, and on-time delivery.
EOS Contract Manufacturing Network partners will be included in the MakerVerse partner hub, an EOS-branded platform on MakerVerse. With this, the network partners will have the opportunity to expand their reach to potential end customers while making the ordering process simpler.