At EuroMold 2008, that took place in december in Frankfurt EOS have presented a first in the industry highlight - EOS P 800, the first high temperature system for laser-sintering of high-performance polymers.
Laser-sintering is the key technology for e-Manufacturing, the fast, flexible and cost-effective production of products, patterns or tools. The technology manufactures parts for every phase of the product life cycle, directly from electronic data. Laser-sintering accelerates product development and optimizes production processes.
EOS, ss a result of their outstanding material properties, high-performance polymers are well suited for numerous applications such as aerospace or Formula 1. The EOS high-performance polymer PEEK HP3 has a tensile strength of up to 95 MPa and a Young`s modulus of up to 4400 MPa, values up to 100% above those attained by the PA 12 and PA 11 materials currently available.
Depending on the field of application, the continuous operating temperature is between 180 °C (356 °F) and 260 °C (500 °F). This makes for excellent application-specific properties, such as flame retardancy, biocompatibility and sterilisability. Thanks to suitability for process temperatures of up to 385 °C (725 °F), the high temperature system is the first system worldwide to make use of this interesting material group for laser-sintering technology.
The system is based on the sophisticated, tried-and-proven EOSINT P 730 and is built to withstand the demands of high temperature processing with newly designed modules such as processing chamber and exchangeable frame. EOS PEEK HP3, a material from the polyaryl ether ketone family, was the first high-performance polymer selected for use in the new system and readied for market by EOS.
EOS was founded in 1989 and is today the world leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems.