Additive Manufacturing is ideally suited for Rapid Prototyping. Thanks to the highest possible degree of design freedom, even complex shapes such as bionic structures can be manufactured. It is possible to manufacture physical presentation and functional prototypes quickly and cost-efficiently without the need for manual processing – directly using three-dimensional CAD construction data. This makes the entire product development process considerably faster.
EOS systems build up prototypes as well as end products layer-by-layer. Different metal and plastic powder materials are available. Products made of different materials belonging to one material family (metal or plastic) can be processed on one machine. This is especially interesting for prototype manufacturing.
Companies in many sectors of industry are now making successful use of laser sintering processes in their development and manufacturing processes.
An EOS system can produce components with inbuilt functionality in the one manufacturing step. Tool-less Additive Manufacturing is a thoroughly cost effective solution especially for the serial production of small quantities. Changes to part geometries can be transferred to production at any time, and risks to scheduled deliveries are no longer a problem. One other advantage is the practically unlimited availability of spare parts, which can be manufactured as and when they are needed.