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IIT Ropar installs EOS M 290 Metal 3D Printer

EOS M 290
Above: EOS M 290 installed at the IIT Ropar R&D Centre/Image Source: IIT Ropar

IIT Ropar, a premier technical university in Rupnagar, Punjab and one of the eight new IITs set up by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India, announced that its Department of Mechanical Engineering has installed an EOS M 290 metal 3D printer in its facility. It is one-of-a-kind facility in the northern region of India to make complex geometrical featured products from several metals and alloys using additive manufacturing technology popularly known as selective laser melting.

EOS is a leading technology provider worldwide for industrial 3D printing of metals and plastics. They are pioneers and innovators for integrated solutions in additive manufacturing. Their portfolio includes the entire AM ecosystem including  systems, materials, software and process parameters.

The metal 3D printer was installed in the IIT Ropar R&D Centre on the 13th December. The metal 3D printer will be used for research and development purpose at the centre for next-generation metal additive manufacturing technologies. This technology is unique in its ability to address existing issues related to thermal management and slow build rate in the conventional powder bed fusion process.

EOS M 290 Metal 3D Printer

Metal 3D Printer
Above: Stainless steel 3D printed part on EOS M290/Image Source: EOS

The EOS M 290 is an award-winning metal 3D printer with a build volume of 250 x 250 x 325 mm. The 3D printer can build objects from a wide range of materials including Stainless steel, CaseHardeningSteel Aluminium, NickelAlloy, CobaltChrome, Titanium, and even Copper.

EOS offers tried-and-tested software solutions for all process steps in additive manufacturing – from the preparation of CAD design data and job preparation to quality control. Software like EOSTATE monitoring – for seamless monitoring of all production and quality-relevant data and EOSPRINT 2 – an intuitive, open and productive cam tool. It also supports EOSCONNECT Core – a connectivity solution and EOSCONNECT Machine Park – for monitoring the printers from anywhere with an intuitive dashboard.

The EOS metal AM systems are known for its capability in building metallic objects with higher build rates, objects that are complex in nature, with minimum residual stresses and crack-free non-weldable alloy materials. Besides this, the printer is also helpful in developing high-performance metallic alloy powders for biomedical implants and aerospace components.

IIT Ropar will also focus on conducting workshops and hands-on training for researchers, students, and staff on this new cutting-edge technology process. 


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