EWI expands additive manufacturing capabilities

EWI has acquired an EOS direct metal laser-sintering system with the capacity to fuse metal powder into 3D components.

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Portland, OR - EWI has acquired an EOS direct metal laser-sintering (DMLS) system that performs additive manufacturing (AM) with the capacity to fuse metal powder into 3D components.

EWI, a member-based organization long engaged in the development of AM through both its Additive Manufacturing Consortium (AMC) and its spinout company Fabrisonic LLC, will apply the state-of-the-art EOSINT M 280 system to further advance AM technology and provide additional metal manufacturing solutions to OEMs and suppliers.

Through a joint partnership agreement, EWI will serve as a preferred materials development partner to EOS of North America Inc. to create new AM solutions from metal alloys that are not currently available.

"This partnership is a natural fit," says Tim Morris, VP of EOS North America Inc. "Our laser-sintering technology enables the manufacture of complex metallic components through laser joining, and EWI has a strong industry focus and critical expertise in process and materials interaction, as well as additive manufacturing."

Additive Manufacturing Consortium
In the 2009-2010 timeframe, EWI organized an Additive Manufacturing Consortium (AMC) to bring together key partners in the US AM community. The AMC now consists of 27 member and partner organizations. According to its web site, the AMC "is focused on bringing together a diverse group of industry, small business, government, and academic stakeholders to develop projects and recommendations that have the potential to significantly impact the state of the art in AM."


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