Solid Concepts Selects EOSINT P 700

Novi, Mich., February 13th, 2007 – EOS, the world-leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems, has announced that Solid Concepts (Valencia, Calif.), a leading supplier of a full range of precise rapid prototyping and manufacturing services, has installed an EOSINT P 700 to address customers’ demands for large, laser-sintered parts. Following a thorough evaluation, the company selected the P 700 for its large capacity and reliable performance.According to Chuck Alexander, director of rapid prototyping services, “Our customers are requesting parts that exceed the envelope of our present laser-sintering machines. While we can build big parts in sections on our smaller machines, bonding the pieces takes time, increases expense and affects the strength of the laser-sintered part. With the EOSINT P 700, we build the whole part in one piece for better mechanical properties.”In its evaluation of large format laser-sintering machines, Solid Concepts’ criteria included accuracy, material properties and affordable operations, but the key criterion was reliability. To maintain its excellence of customer service and keep cost under control, Solid Concepts required a system with proven reliability, and it found it in the EOSINT P 700.“There is a much larger investment in big parts. If you have to scrap a build, it not only delays delivery; it drives up operating costs,” said Alexander. “We have already been looking at the EOSINT P 700 for a couple of years. With the P 700, we have a rapid prototyping system that can build big parts reliably,” he continued.
According to Jim Fendrick, EOS’ vice president of North America, “Companies come to depend on their rapid prototyping machines, so reliability is an important aspect of the technology. When a company like Solid Concepts deems our system to be dependable, we view that as high praise.”The EOSINT P 700 features a build volume of 29 x 17 x 22 inches and dual CO2 lasers. It also offers an automated powder delivery system. According to Alexander, “The delivery system reduces our labor costs, but more importantly, it gives us better process control. It gives us a consistent material mix, which means that our customers receive parts with consistent quality and strength.”

About Solid Concepts, Inc. (www.solidconcepts.com)

ISO9001 certified Solid Concepts Inc. is one of the most advanced providers of Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM) and rapid prototyping services in the world. Founded in 1991, the company has enjoyed tremendous growth, fueled by a commitment to service and constant technical innovation. Solid Concepts Inc. is a privately held corporation headquartered in Valencia, California.

About EOS ( www.eos.info)

EOS was founded in 1989 and is today the world leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems. 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 completed its last business year on September 30th, 2006 with revenues of 52.3 million Euro and thus continues its ongoing growth.

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