EOS GmbH, headquartered in Krailling, Germany, has launched a new end-to-end production network to connect companies seeking high quality serial Additive Manufacturing support with selected certified EOS partners.
With this launch, EOS states that it expands its existing contract manufacturing network with the much-needed end-to-end production component. To become a partner in this network, companies undergo a certification process where the end-to-end capabilities are the key criteria. From part design, to design optimisation for AM, manufacturing capabilities, pre- and post-processing including surface treatment, to quality assurance and assembly to create high-end final parts in series.
From start-up businesses to SME and OEM organisations, bringing products to life at scale can be a demanding experience, particularly if working in a certified industry or wanting high volume production that does not compromise on the quality of the final product, or global distribution.
Once the right AM solution is identified, one of the biggest hurdles can be finding the right manufacturing method and deciding how to organise part production. EOS assists companies by identifying the best application & technology framework and consults companies on in-house vs. external production. If a third-party production partner is the best choice, then there are other important considerations. Businesses not only need partners that are solidly positioned and can produce high-quality additively manufactured parts at scale, but which also share the end-customer commitment to creating the right product and have the experience needed to bring products to the market.
EOS explains that its end-to-end production network partners will be able to help companies mitigate these risks and move rapidly to final serial part production on a large scale. Members will be able to bring their expertise from a range of manufacturing technologies to help them ramp-up production at speed, ensuring quality standards throughout and support every aspect of an end-to-end production.
The network will initially be set up in the EMEA region with Prototal Industries, Jönköping, Sweden, being the first AM company to join the network.
Markus Glasser, Senior VP EMEA at EOS, commented, “With more than thirty years of experience in offering comprehensive Additive Manufacturing solutions, EOS understands market requirements for AM series production. With this network we want to create added value for both parties involved – those offering manufacturing services and those in search for it. This will take much of the complexity and risk out of choosing a manufacturing partner for serial production businesses, with the most innovate product designs. They will be able to bring products to market faster, using the latest state-of-the-art 3D printing technology, and draw on the vertical industry expertise and know-how within the network.”