New EOS Metal Additive Manufacturing System Launches

The newest EOS M 290-2 system has two 400-watt lasers with full-field overlap.

The newest EOS M 290-2 system has two 400-watt lasers with full-field overlap.

EOS announces its newest member of the EOS M 290 family, the EOS M 290-2, expanding the M 290 family of metal additive manufacturing (AM) systems to three. 

Based on the EOS M 290 and developed through EOS’ AMCM group, the newest EOS M 290-2 system has two 400-watt lasers with full-field overlap and is compatible with the existing EOS M 290 process parameter sets: same focus and beam quality. The dual-head EOS M 290-2 laser setup features: 

  • Optimized laminar gas flow ensuring the comparability of material properties 
  • 250x250x325 mm (9.85x9.85x12.8-in.) build volume 
  • A digital scanner with active cooling, up to 7.0 m/s (23 ft./s) 
  • Process quality and material library comparable to EOS M 290 single field 

“While not always discussed publicly, many of the biggest and most widely known production applications in the history of metal AM have been underpinned by the EOS M 290,” says Monica Smith, product line manager, EOS. “The heritage of the EOS M 290 family of systems dates back two decades with nearly 2,000 M 290s installed globally, which speaks to the popularity of the system and makes this line of AM technology perhaps the most adopted system in the world. The new EOS M 290-2 has a lot to live up to, and we are both proud and confident about the next generation of metal AM production stories that will be written using this system.” 

With varying market demands, the new EOS M 290-2 will be offered alongside the EOS M 290, as well as the recently introduced EOS M 290 1kW—developed for organizations that typically leverage copper and copper alloys for applications like heat exchangers and inductors. 

An early adopter of the EOS M 290-2, Nordic-based AMEXCI piloted the new system and through the increased productivity of dual lasers, attained a 76% reduction in cost per part for the tested application against the original EOS M 290 build.

 “The new EOS M 290-2 is as reliable as the EOS M 290, while significantly boosting our productivity,” says Johannes Karjalainen, managing director, AMEXCI. “This system is ideal for serial production, particularly for smaller components. The part quality is also best in class, and the integration of the Smart Fusion and OT is a game-changer and has opened doors for us to completely new customer cases and geometries.” 

The EOS M 290-2 400W will be available for purchase beginning summer 2024 through EOS and its authorized partners.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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