EOS announces expert additive manufacturing training program

Electro Optical Systems (EOS)—a Germany-based developer of industrial metal and polymer additive manufacturing (AM) solutions—has partnered with the UK’s University of Wolverhampton and Germany’s SRH Hochschule Berlin to deliver the Additive Manufacturing Application Engineer training program.

The University of Wolverhampton is a longstanding partner of EOS, possessing high-level AM expertise, particularly in the automotive, motorsport and aerospace industries, and SRH Hochschule Berlin is a private university, focusing on business administration and administration. EOS will work closely with both universities to provide specialized training that it claims will empower the future generation of AM engineers.

A major barrier to the adoption of AM technology globally is the shortage of expert AM application engineers. Ordinarily, application engineers need up to two years’ experience to acquire adequate AM skills and knowledge. The program is designed to reduce this learning curve to six months and therefore ultimately shorten the timescales that companies are currently looking at to implement AM technology.

It also aims to significantly reduce the investment risk associated with embarking on AM production. Expert AM application engineers are not only able to help companies to implement AM technology successfully and more efficiently but also to introduce innovative AM applications and realize serial production more quickly.

Involving a mix of theoretical and practical learning at EOS, the University of Wolverhampton and SRH Hochschule Berlin as well as in-house with the customer, the program comprises three parts, namely:

  • part 1, titled Understanding AM (at EOS and in-house with the customer), where participants are introduced to the fundamentals of AM technology, including the definition and development of the right applications for its use;
  • part 2, titled Improve knowledge and technical AM competence (at the University of Wolverhampton and in-house with the customer), where participants improve their know-how in process development, material characteristics, quality assurance (QA) and how to leverage the freedom of designing for AM; and
  • part 3, titled Implement AM (at SRH Hochschule Berlin), where participants attend strategy courses focusing on how to implement AM in the organization, how to generate and communicate AM business models and how this will all affect internal value chains.

At the end of the six months, participants receive their ‘AM Application Engineer’ certification.

The program is limited to eight participants and will run for the first time from May 2017.

Güngör Kara, director of global application and consulting at EOS, said: 'The program is giving engineers the technical expertise to master AM more efficiently. As such, it supports them to develop and improve AM applications, implement serial production, optimize innovation and keep their organization well ahead of their respective competition. We believe that the industrial champions of the next decade have to build up their AM technology competencies in this decade.’

More information about the program can be found here.

Websites: www.eos.info, www.wlv.ac.uk and www.srh-hochschule-berlin.de/en/homepage/