The network consists of seven additive manufacturing job shops able to handle prototypes or small-series part production.
Industrial additive manufacturing (AM) technology company EOS has launched a contract manufacturing network to connect end customers with established AM parts producers.
The network will initially be launched in Europe with seven companies taking part as network partners. Those companies are: FKM, Erpro, Volum-E, Pankl, Materialise, Oerlikon, Hasenauer & Hesser. Eos says the plan is to expand the network globally, with more partners joining over the coming months.
The new Contract Manufacturing Network builds on EOS’ offerings in its existing partner networks. Companies searching for an additive manufacturing partner to produce their parts, rather than manufacturing in-house, can approach the network for support with projects including rapid prototyping up to small series volumes of 1,000 parts.
“When outsourcing their AM production to a partner from the contract manufacturing network, small series customers will get the same EOS quality and industry expertise all our customers are used to. Our network partners are also able to act as pilot users for new technology developments at EOS, giving us valuable input and together developing the innovations that will shape the future of [additive manufacturing]” said Markus Glasser, senior vice-president for EMEA at EOS.
Criteria to Become a Network Partner
Companies that want to become a partner must be able to serve customers across Europe, the Middle east and Africa (EMEA). They must have a minimum of five EOS systems installed from the latest generation of machines, which are regularly maintained and inspected. EOS offers all the tools needed to ensure remote service as part of a preventive maintenance program.
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