Additive manufacturing is a specific 3D printing process. This process builds parts layer by layer by depositing material according to digital 3D design data. The term “3D printing” is increasingly used as a synonym for additive manufacturing. However, “additive manufacturing” better reflects the professional manufacturing process that differs significantly from conventional, subtractive manufacturing methods. For example, instead of milling a workpiece from a solid block, additive manufacturing builds the part up layer by layer from material supplied as a fine powder. Various metals, plastics and composite materials can be used.

Additive manufacturing is relevant in many areas and for numerous industries. Whether used for building visual and functional prototypes or small and medium series – and increasingly for series production. This method offers convincing advantages conventional methods cannot achieve. Product development and market entry can be significantly accelerated, agile product customization and functional integration can be achieved more quickly and at a lower cost. In this way, additive manufacturing gives large OEM manufacturers from a wide variety of industries the opportunity to differentiate themselves on the market in terms of customer benefits, cost reduction potential and sustainability targets.
Additive manufacturing was initially used for rapid prototyping, namely to make visual and functional prototypes. It can significantly speed up product development and market entry. Since then, additive manufacturing has increasingly found its way into series production.

It opens new opportunities in challenging sectors such as the healthcare, automotive & mobility and aerospace industries, as well as mass markets like lifestyle & consumer goods and production & industry. The focus is always to take advantage of industrial 3D printing to differentiate oneself from the competition and lay sustainable foundations for the future.

EOS Metal Systems

The metal-based additive manufacturing technology of DMLS® is the technology of choice for EOS metal additive manufacturing machines for almost three decades, and is now the standard in metal 3D printing. Metal parts produced with DMLS technology achieve uniform part quality with properties like those produced by conventional casting or forging processes

EOS offers industrial 3D printing systems that can be flexibly integrated into existing production environments with a range of different build space sizes, laser power ratings and scalability.

EOS Polymer Systems

The EOS additive manufacturing (AM) systems for plastics use the selective laser sintering (SLS) technique. In this process, a laser works as the power source to sinter powdered material. The SLS printers enable the cost-efficient and high-performance production of high-quality parts from plastics.

Whether you need a compact system to get started quickly and cost-efficiently, or a modular and digitally networked 3D printing platform for series production on industrial scales, EOS offers additive plastic production systems tailored to your individual requirements.