EOS implements a material handling solution, IPCM M pro, especially designed for its EOS M 290 system, which enables the Additive Manufacturing (AM) of metal components.
The EOS M 290 system and IPCM M pro
The EOS M 290 integrates a special process chamber door with coupling points to connect with the IPCM M pro and material containers.
Both allow to get material easy, fast and safe out of the system, sieve it and refill it into the system. In addition to simplify industrial 3D printing, this process can be established as a complete manufacturing method.
How to handle materials with a closed process chain?
It should be noted that with the IPCM M pro module, materials that are routed outside are those that have not been fused during the building process. In order to enable this output, there is no need to open the door, or to have a direct contact between the operator and the materials.
On a practical level…
A vacuum pump conveys the powder out of the system and into the IPCM M pro, where it is sieved under inert gas within the module at a throughput of 120 kilograms of material in 30 minutes – 50 percent faster than previous solutions. Powder treated in this way can be used for a new building process, the powder cycle starts anew.
For the user, this semi-automated, dust-free material handling within the process chamber of the AM system has clear advantages in terms of health and safety as well as operability, as the risk of powder contact is minimized.
Moreover, the IPCM M pro module being mobile, it can be efficiently used for several systems. All of these arguments contribute towards additionally improving user-friendliness and productivity of Additive Manufacturing.
Currently installed well over 500 times worldwide, the EOS M 290 is one of the most successful AM systems for processing metal materials that the market has to offer.
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