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EOS Completes Pilot Phase for Process Monitoring and Analysis Solution for Direct Metal Laser Sintering

EOS, manufacturer of additive manufacturing systems, has introduced its EOSTATE MeltPool solution in November last year. The tool enables for complete part traceability as well as an automated surveillance and analysis of the melt pool during their proprietary Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) build process.

EOS has since tested the new tool with a handful of pilot customers, among them Turkey-based TUSAS Engine Ind. Inc (TEI). The pilot phase has recently been completed.

Semih Pilatin, Technology Programs Manager at TEI, said: “We consider the EOSTATE Meltpool monitoring system as an initial step for online control and part quality inspection. As such, it was part of our initial technical specifications for the DMLS process and we felt privileged to be one of the first pilot customers to test it. We are planning to use this tool for aerospace engine parts manufacturing where tight tolerances and high performance are expected. With this tool, we can capture potential part defects online at an early stage and with minimal effort to assess the part quality.“

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Automated melt pool monitoring and analysis during the DMLS build process for every spot, every layer and every part. Source: EOS

Lukas Fuchs, Application Development Consultant MeltPool for Monitoring Solutions at EOS states: “The decisive factor for customers on the road towards series manufacturing based on AM is reproducible top-quality parts at the lowest costs per part possible. The EOSTATE MeltPool Monitoring allows to move part quality assurance from post- to in-process, as such not only supporting a better risk management, but as well reducing time and costs for quality assurance and as a consequence overall costs per part. It is a powerful expert tool to those who need to improve their quality assurance procedures for AM and who want to build up deep insights into the DMLS process to e.g. support further process development.”