EOS, the technology and market leader for design-driven, integrated e-Manufacturing solutions for additive manufacturing (AM), will be presenting the FORMIGA P 110 – successor model of the established and very successful plastic laser-sintering system FORMIGA P 100 – at this year’s EuroMold in hall 11, booth E148. The FORMIGA P 110 continues to be the system of choice in the compact class, offering the flexible, cost-effective and highly productive entry into the world of laser- sintering.
Peter Klink, EVP Sales at EOS, adds: “’FORMIGA-quality’ has already become a quality label for the additive manufacturing of plastics. This ongoing development of the P 100 product line will help us to further extend our lead in the compact class.” Various EOS parameter sets enable a focus both on economic efficiency and component properties such as surface quality. With short throughput times and comparatively low investment costs, the FORMIGA P 110 can be integrated perfectly into production environments that require maximum flexibility.
The system is suitable for the economic production of small series and customized products with complex geometries. This makes it ideal for small, sophisticated components used in the medical device industry or for high-value consumer goods, for example. With a build envelope of 200 mm x 250 mm x 330 mm, the system manufactures products made of polyamide or polystyrene directly from CAD data within only a few hours.
Hannes Kuhn, Managing Director of Kuhn-Stoff GmbH and a pilot customer for the FORMIGA P 110: “The additional parameter sets ‘Balance 1.0’ (120 µm layer thickness) and ‘Top Quality 1.0’ (60 µm layer thickness) allow an even more detailed and flexible production. The increased build rate rounds off the advantages compared with the FORMIGA P 100.”
Innovations for use in production
Numerous technical innovations have been integrated in the FORMIGA P 110, all of which enhance process stability and reproducibility even further. These include the newly designed 4-channel heating and the use of a single-point pyrometer. Least-cost integration in factories that have a central nitrogen supply system is guaranteed by an external nitrogen connection. The established dosing and coating system was retained. The system is extremely user- and maintenance-friendly and requires just a minimum of accessories. Low energy consumption and thus overall costs of operation were other important factors considered in the design process. The FORMIGA P 110 is a door-passing laser-sintering system with low erection requirements. It can be installed and calibrated in less than two days. Since data preparation can conveniently take place at the workstation, the system is also very suitable for decentralized production areas. The high level of automation and ergonomic peripheral equipment of the FORMIGA P 110 also permit comfortable handling and optimum utilization of machine capacity and materials.