The fast track to the serial product – Additive Manufacturing from EOS takes users from the first design idea to the finished prototype with no detours along the way.
One of the major advantages of Additive Manufacturing (AM) is that it is very easy to move from design to Rapid Prototyping (RP) – production takes place directly on the basis of digital 3D data. It enables users to implement near-series tests and to optimize prototypes on the basis of the results.
During AM production, all components are produced on the basis of virtual models. On the one hand this makes it easy to carry out virtual stress tests. On the other hand, direct production allows for the rapid manufacture of prototypes with identical material properties to the finished product. The advantage of this construction process is the possibility of checking the function of the component in virtual or real terms at any time. Changes are easily made in the product development phase and – in comparison with conventionally made products – can be implemented at minimal extra cost.
The University of Stuttgart Formula racing team exploited the advantages of innovative EOS technology when building a reliable steering stub axle for their racing car. The final product was developed, optimized and built in a very short space of time and features a perfect design with 35 per cent weight saving and 20 per cent greater rigidity. It proved itself to be highly reliable on the race track. EOS technology certainly paid off for the racing team: their car was unbeatable in the 2012 season and took overall victory on the Hockenheimring circuit.
Thanks to additive manufacturing, the weight of the knuckles was reduced by 660 grammes in all. Numbers that were translated into faster lap times and reduced fuel consumption (Source: Rennteam Uni Stuttgart).