Sintavia—a USA-based provider of metal additive manufacturing (AM) services to critical industries—has acquired an EOS M 400 AM system from Electro Optical Systems (EOS) to meet demand from its customers for larger metal parts.
The EOS M 400 employs direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) technology to produce large and complex industrial parts. Its features include a 1 kW laser and 400 x 400 x 400 mm build volume, allowing for high levels of productivity and flexibility, respectively.
‘The EOS M 400 is a very sound system,’ said Doug Hedges, president and chief operating officer (COO) of Sintavia. ‘We believe it is among the most qualifiable of the large laser platform printers due to its well-controlled mechanical parameters and reliability. We have spent a great deal of effort developing processes for dependable results and to qualify the production of metal parts for OEMs. This system is a big step in the right direction for those efforts, particularly with respect to our defense and space customers.’
The EOS M 400 is expected to be operational from September 2017.
Sintavia recently announced plans to build a new 55,000 sq ft (5,109 sq m) advanced manufacturing facility and headquarters in Hollywood, Florida, USA. The company therefore anticipates investing in an additional 35 printers—the majority offering similar build volumes to the EOS M 400—as well as a large heat treatment furnace, hot isostatic press and other post-processing equipment by 2020.