Understanding and Exploiting the Potential of Additive Manufacturing

Each course leader is an expert in his field with at least two years of work experience in the additive manufacturing industry. (Source: EOS)

EOS is expanding its Academia program to promote powder-based 3D printing at universities and research institutions. After registering, participating institutions can benefit from exclusive access to regular updates from the additive manufacturing world, such as sample applications, white papers, and various activities specially designed for the academic field.

Dr. Adrian Keppler, CEO and Speaker of the Corporate Management at EOS says: “As a technology and market leader, it is essential for us to prepare the scientists and students of today for the professional requirements of tomorrow. For this reason, with our Academia program we are specifically promoting universities and research institutions by providing them with the best possible and state-of-the-art equipment.”

Apart from its own systems and two entry-level systems from Sintratec, EOS has included various webinars, training courses, and further education options in its program. The package makes it possible to establish an AM-specific knowledge base more efficiently, with the aim of benefiting from the advantages for both research and education.

For more than 20 years, EOS has supported researchers and academics with its Academia program and enabled them to purchase EOS systems at favorable conditions. Over 300 EOS systems are already in use at various universities and research institutions worldwide. These include the Technical University of Munich, the University of Wolverhampton (UK), the California Polytechnic State University (San Luis Obispo, USA), and the Incheon PolyTech (Seoul, South Korea).

Mark Stanford, Professor for Advanced Manufacturing Technology at the University of Wolverhampton on the subject of Additive Manufacturing: “Our institution has used EOS systems for processing metal materials for research and educational purposes since 2004. The wealth of experience we have gained with metal 3D printing enables us to prepare our students for the manufacturing scenarios of tomorrow. At the same time, it is an important distinguishing feature in comparison to other universities.”

Depending on requirements, the current EOS Academia program offers suitable ways of quickly entering the world of Additive Manufacturing. Organizations can enroll for the program, provided they are a recognized educational institution, they use EOS systems at least 50 percent for their educational courses, and do not exploit the technology for commercial production purposes. EOS will draw 10 winners of a Sintratec Kit from all registrations received by October 20, 2017. Apart from receiving valuable information free of charge, registered participants in the program have the exclusive choice of three modules:

The “Freshman” module is designed for institutions looking to learn the basics of 3D printing and integrate them in their own courses. The Sintratec Kit, a kit comprising basic equipment for a powder-based 3D printing system, gives trainers the opportunity to apply and teach the fundamental principles of AM in terms of technology and application.

The “Graduate” module enables institutions to immediately begin working with and teaching 3D printing technology on a practical basis. They receive a Sintratec S1 laser sintering system at attractive conditions as well as a training course that culminates in an EOS Academia Certificate. Users can therefore enter the world of 3D printing in a shorter time and gain initial practical experience in designing and producing AM components.

“Scientist” is the module for institutions wanting to exploit the full range of possibilities in industrial 3D printing for research and educational purposes. It consists of selected EOS systems (both metal and polymer) and a multi-day training course at EOS. Within the scope of this program and based on an industrial 3D printing system, universities can make intensive use of the technology for research purposes. (Source: EOS)

Links EOS GmbH – Electro Optical Systems, Krailling, Germany

Further reading: Accelerating the Additive Manufacturing Learning Curve, 20th December 2016, photonicsviews.com

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