EOS, one of the leading technology suppliers in the field of industrial 3D printing of metals and polymers announced that it has collaborated with Continental – a German auto manufacturing firm. As part of the collaboration, Continental purchased several EOS M 290 systems and marked its investment in industrial 3D printing as a production technology. Under the collaboration, Continental, which specialises in manufacturing auto parts such as brake systems, automotive safety, interior electronics and other parts, will use EOS systems to produce high-quality metal components in series.
The EOS M 290 system has a building volume of 250 x 250 x 325 mm, which allows production of metal parts directly from CAD data. This gives EOS customers an opportunity to manufacture metal parts quickly and cost effectively using additive manufacturing. The system also features an intuitive interface, an intelligent software concept and a combination of open and standardised parameter sets, and an improved filter system specially customised for industrial production.
It also contains additional features such as allowing companies to use broad range of validated materials and processes, extensive software solutions for data preparation as well as quality management features which allows users to address production challenges of the future with the help of additive manufacturing. The company currently has an installed base of more than 500 machines worldwide, which makes EOS M 290 one of the most successful AM systems used for processing metal materials.
The EOS M 290 system will allow Continental to produce metal parts using additive manufacturing quickly and cost-efficiently. Speaking about the collaboration in an official release, Markus Glasser, Senior Vice President Region Export at EOS said “We are very proud of our joint project with Continental and look forward to supporting the customer throughout every stage of the project. In particular, the strong spirit of teamwork between our two companies was a key criterion in Continental’s decision to work together with EOS. We will also be very happy to provide Continental with any assistance it may need in other fascinating projects going forward.”
Apart from purchasing EOS M 290 system, Continental has collaborated with EOS at different levels. EOS has already installed the systems at Continental plants and has helped its staff to launch its additive manufacturing capacities.