Premium AEROTEC, EOS and Daimler prepare the next generation of industrial 3D printing

Apr 19, 2017   Technology

Automated, integrated, efficient: Joint development of a production system for serial additive manufacturing is planned.

Metal 3D printing technology is gaining more and more traction in the industrial field. The aerostructures supplier Premium AEROTEC holds a leading position within its sector for this technology. To consolidate this position and to expand the company's capabilities beyond aviation, Premium AEROTEC is starting a joint project with experienced partners EOS, the leading technology supplier for industrial 3D printing, and Daimler, the renowned automotive manufacturer. Together, they will develop the next generation of additive manufacturing (AM) in their NextGenAM project. Via this cooperation, the companies are laying the foundations for the implementation of this technology in large-scale serial manufacturing.

The objective of the project is to progress the automation of the entire industrial 3D printing process. For this, the NextGenAM project team will check the entire additive manufacturing process to see whether parts of it can be automated, from the delivery of metal powder to the processing stages after the build process itself.

By this measure, the partners hope to gain significant cost advantages and important foundations in order to use this technology for large-scale serial manufacturing in the future. The process stages before and after the actual manufacturing process constitute around 70 percent of the manufacturing costs. In addition to advanced system technology, the project also strives for a qualification of aluminum for use in industrial 3D printing.

"We are currently the leader for metal 3D printing in the aerospace industry," said Dr. Thomas Ehm, the CEO of Premium AEROTEC. "Now, we need to continue developing this technology extensively in order to expand its application spectrum significantly. Together with our partners, we can thus ensure state-of-the-art technology for our industry."

Dr. Hans J. Langer, Founder and CEO EOS Group stated: "We are proud to be part of such a forward-looking project alongside Premium AEROTEC and Daimler. This underlines the growing footprint of industrial 3D printing in serial production. As a technology pioneer in powder-based additive manufacturing we contribute full engagement and long-lasting expertise. With EOS platforms we push ahead the setup of this future production solution."

"We invented the car, and we are actively shaping the future of mobility. The elements that we bring to this collaboration are our extensive experience in automotive materials and the qualification of those materials, as well as our know-how on efficient and large-scale capacity manufacturing processes in conjunction with component design that is topologically optimised and the latest calculation methods," said Dr. Stefan Kienzle, Head of Advance Development at Daimler AG.

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