EOS, a leading supplier for responsible manufacturing solutions via industrial 3D printing technology, announced the launch of a new End-To-End Production Network designed to connect companies of all sizes in search for high quality serial additive manufacturing (AM) support with selected, certified EOS partners. Prototal Industries, Scandinavia’s largest and most specialised additive manufacturing company, is the first contract manufacturer to join the network. The network initially will be set up in EMEA.
With this partnership, EOS adds a much-needed end-to-end production component to its already-existing contract manufacturing network. Companies must go through a certification process to become a partner in this network, with end-to-end capabilities being the most important criterion. From part design to design optimization for additive manufacturing, manufacturing capabilities, pre- and post-processing, including surface treatment, to quality assurance and assembly to create high-end final parts in series.
Companies that join the new EOS network have a thorough understanding of serial additive manufacturing requirements and have demonstrated excellence in all stages of production. As a result, those looking for a partner will be able to realize serial additive manufacturing (AM) on an industrial scale and across a wide range of industries, with the ability to scale even further.
The Right Partner for Serial Additive Manufacturing solutions
From Start-ups to SME and OEM organizations, bringing products to life at scale can be a demanding experience, especially if working in a certified industry or requiring high volume production without sacrificing final product quality or global distribution. Once the right AM solution has been identified, one of the most difficult challenges can be determining the best manufacturing method and deciding how to organize part production.
EOS not only assists businesses by identifying the best application and technology framework, but it also advises businesses on in-house vs. outsourced production. If a third-party production partner is the best option, there are several other factors to consider. Businesses require partners who are not only well-positioned and capable of producing high-quality 3D printed parts on a large scale, but who also share the end-customer commitment to creating the right product and have the experience required to bring products to market.
EOS end-to-end production network partners will be able to assist companies in mitigating these risks and moving quickly to large-scale final serial part production. Members will be able to bring expertise from a variety of manufacturing technologies to help them ramp-up production quickly while maintaining quality standards throughout and supporting every aspect of an end-to-end production.
“With more than 30 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.”– Markus Glasser, Senior Vice President EMEA at EOS
There are numerous industry standards and assessments designed to provide customers with confidence in a manufacturer’s capabilities, but they typically place the burden of research on the company in need of the parts. Customers who choose to work with members of the EOS End-to-End Production Network can be confident that each manufacturing partner has been evaluated by EOS against criteria that not only verify their financial security and competence, but also that they have leading industry and application know-how, especially in heavily certified industries like aviation, automotive, and medical devices.
Prototal Industries: First Member of EOS End-To-End Production Network
Prototal, Northern Europe’s largest supplier of industrial 3D printing, vacuum casting, aluminum tools, and injection moulding, is the first member of the EOS End-To-End Production Network.
For over 20 years, the company has been an EOS customer. Prototal, with its longstanding AM expertise and more than 50 EOS polymer systems on-site, provides end-to-end additive manufacturing capabilities for large scale serial production as well as demanding and highly regulated industries like aerospace, medical, and automotive, to name a few.
According to Jan Löfving, CEO at Prototal Industries, “It is with great pride that we become the first member of the EOS End-To-End Production Network. At our various sites across Europe Prototal Industries for many years has built up the competence and the knowledge in how to additively manufacture larger series. The future looks bright for the technology in terms of even further developments in automation and more sustainable production, 3D-Printing really is a production method offering great benefits. And EOS is one of our most valuable partners.”
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