LIFT, the Detroit-based Department of Defense-supported national manufacturing innovation institute, announced that EOS has signed a multi-year member agreement to join the institute as a Gold Level member to support ongoing education and innovation initiatives.
EOS is one of the world’s leading technology providers of additive manufacturing solutions with metals and plastics through 3-D printers, materials, and software.
Part of the agreement included LIFT’s purchase of an EOS M 290 industrial metal 3-D printer, the benchmark metal additive manufacturing system for many industries, including aerospace, space, medical, and others.
With LIFT’s focus on smarter manufacturing — the connection of materials, processes, systems, and talent — the EOS membership and printer acquisition are critical pieces to moving both the institute and the U.S. manufacturing industrial base into the future.
“We are thrilled to have EOS North America join the LIFT ecosystem and especially pleased to have one of its state-of-the-art printers onsite to help us advance our materials science and manufacturing process work forward,” says Hadrian Rori, chief technology officer at LIFT. “As we explore more advanced materials, we will utilize more advanced equipment to process and validate those materials, and EOS will be a key part of that.”
The EOS M 290 employs Direct Metal Laser Solidification technology. This powder-bed based form of 3-D printing ensures maximum part density and exceptional quality, according to EOS. With an extensive materials portfolio and a 400-watt fiber laser beam for superior detail resolution, the EOS M 290 is ideal for producing highly complex components in a repeatable, production-ready manner for a broad range of applications.
“Adoption of AM as a formidable industrial production process is quickly accelerating across numerous industries,” says Andrew Snow, senior vice president of EOS North America. “Through LIFT’s educational endeavors, our partnership helps enable future generations around cutting edge, advanced technologies and building a base for securing our national manufacturing base.”