The new 9,000 square meter facility was announced alongside a new program of Factory Acceptance Tests (FATs).
Expanded production facilities
Having launched the EOS P 500 SLS 3D printer in September, EOS will now be capable of manufacturing up to 1,000 systems per year at the expansive new plant near Munich.
The extended production capacity will allow EOS to meet the growing demand for its industrial 3D printing systems, while new flexibly-designed workplaces will let the company respond and adapt at to the demands of the market and of customers. EOS Senior VP Nikolai Zaepernick said,
“We installed around 1,000 systems in the first ten years of our existence as a company, this number has increased significantly, particularly during the last two years. We now have an installed base of around 3,000 systems worldwide.”
“Over the next few years, we also expect to see a further significant demand for our technology. Within the scope of digital transformation, as industrial 3D printing is one of the main driving forces taking us towards the digital factory of the future,” added Zaepernick.
Factory Acceptance Tests to try before you buy
As part of 3D Printing Industry’s Trends in Additive Manufacturing for End-Use Production series, EOS regional manager Gary Taylor explained that the company was now supplying machines for end-use parts in the aerospace and automotive sectors.
This means that EOS systems and production parts have to meet the rigorous standards set by these sectors.
In addition to supporting the certification of EOS technology at the customer’s place of work, the company now conducts FATs with input from the customer. These tests are carried out at the Maisach plant, and customers can request that specific parts be 3D printed as a test ahead of specific jobs.
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Featured image shows assembly at the EOS Maisach plant. Photo via EOS.