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New 3-D Printing Tool Enables Fast, Flexible and Cost-Effective Manufacturing of High-Quality Metal Products

In a move that makes it one of the first 3-D printing and additive manufacturing technology providers to offer metals materials solutions, rapid prototype + manufacturing (rp+m) has announced new capabilities to provide engineers, designers and end-user customers a comprehensive solution for 3-D printing of metal prototypes and end parts, utilizing the EOSINT M 280 Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) system.

"Using the latest Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) technology, we not only can provide leading 3-D printing capabilities in metal, but also serve as a solutions provider and resource for our customers and the industry," said Matt Hlavin, CEO of rp+m. "We are excited to continue expanding the parameters of additive manufacturing by investing in the new technologies, and developing holistic 3-D printing solutions, that help our customers operate more efficiently."

The EOSINT M 280 creates high-caliber metal products directly from three-dimensional computer-aided design (CAD) data without the need for tooling. The machine's DMLS process builds parts layer by layer by melting fine metal powder with a laser beam, resulting in reproducible-quality components regardless of geometric complexity. Using this technology, customers in the aerospace, medical or industrial sectors can rapidly produce patterns, products or tools in a wide range of metal materials.

To further the company's ability to provide holistic, best-in-class 3-D printing solutions across a growing portfolio of materials, rp+m has hired materials scientist and additive manufacturing expert Ed Herderick, Ph.D., as director of R&D. In his new role, Herderick will help expand rp+m's product and service offerings and identify strategic growth opportunities to enhance technical excellence in additive manufacturing.

"A machine like the EOSINT M 280 is a phenomenal tool for flexible 3-D printing in metals, but the key to producing truly excellent and highly-specified parts lies in the upfront design and finishing," said Herderick. "I am delighted to be part of a team that focuses on pioneering new research and delivering comprehensive solutions that meet our customers' needs today and in the future."

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