EOS GmbH of Krailling, Germany, has sold four of its latest high-performance polymer laser-sintering systems for U.S. and European aerospace operations.
The EOSINT P 800 laser-sintering system became available in December 2008, sells for about $1.4 million and can process at up to 725° F. For the EOS product line, the P 800 follows on previous achievements with the P 730 system and offers new modules including a processing chamber and an exchangeable frame.
In a related development, six other potential customers began evaluating the P 800 system in September using EOS' PEEK HP3 resin, a biocompatible polyaryletherketone-family material based on Victrex plc's PEEK-brand polymer. Victrex is based in Thornton-Cleveleys, England. The material is transformed into a powder and modified to be pressed into laser-sintered parts on a P 800. Each customer needs to pursue regulatory permission for those applications in medical and related markets.
Target markets are in maxillofacial devices, bone screws and spinal implant cages, said Andrew Snow, area sales manager with EOS of North America Inc. in Novi, Mich. The firm exhibited at the Medical Design & Manufacturing West trade show in Anaheim.
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