C&A Incorporates Additive Manufacturing Technology to Grow Titanium Production Parts
C&A Tool Engineering added two new EOS M290 machines designed to produce Additive Manufacturing parts in titanium. The EOS M 290 features new EOSYSTEM machine software with improved user interface for intuitive, efficient and stable operation.
New EOSPRINT Desktop Software supports faster job preparation and enables the machine to concentrate on building, while new Enhanced Monitoring provides comprehensive monitoring of machine and process parameters and is prepared for integration of further monitoring features and products. In addition, the new Recirculating Filter System automatically removes condensate cake and has a longer filter lifetime for lower operating costs.
May 18, 2015, [Churubusco, Ind.] Operating at the forefront of a new generation of technology, C&A Tool Engineering Inc. has added two new EOS M290 machines designed to produce Additive Manufacturing parts in titanium. The addition of these two machines increased C&A Tool's total number of additive machines to eight. These machines place C&A Tool on the leading edge of manufacturing in the medical, aerospace, industrial and fuels systems markets by offering a wide variety of material including Titanium, Aluminum, Stainless Steel, Cobalt Chrome and Inconel.
Additive Manufacturing (AM) – also known as 3D printing, freeform fabrication and laser sintering – is a revolutionary emerging technology defined by ASTM Committee F42 as the process of joining materials to make objects from 3D model data, usually layer upon layer, as opposed to subtractive manufacturing methodologies.
C&A Tool Owner Richard Conrow made the investment into additive technology more than eight years ago because he felt it was going to be a major game-changer in manufacturing that would be a great addition to C&A's strong lineup of solutions.
AM offers many design, manufacturing and cost advantages including freedom of design and customer-specific adaptations, rapid prototyping and the ability to produce parts not possible with conventional equipment.
"Additive technology will enable the customer to have freedom of design, because it is design-driven manufacturing instead of manufacturing driven design," said Rich Stephenson, Additive Development Representative. "This technology enables the development of parts to be more durable, by eliminating welds used in traditional methods. The parts can be more cost-effective and can be grown to eliminate assembly operations, resulting in time savings. It's also a greener alternative to traditional manufacturing, with little to none material waste. And this technology can also help eliminate the need for some inventory by being able to manufacture parts in small lots, even as small as one in a short amount of time."
The EOS M 290 features new EOSYSTEM machine software with improved user interface for intuitive, efficient and stable operation. New EOSPRINT Desktop Software allows for faster job preparation and enables the machine to concentrate on building, while new Enhanced Monitoring provides comprehensive monitoring of machine and process parameters and is prepared for integration of further monitoring features and products. In addition, the new Recirculating Filter System automatically removes condensate cake and has a longer filter lifetime for lower operating costs.
C&A Tool is working closely with EOS to get the most out of this state-of-the-art technology for its customers.
"Partnering with C&A Tool allows the market to have access to industrial additive manufacturing technology and to experience an end-to-end solution – from consultation and design, to direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) and post-processing options," says Andrew Snow, senior vice president of EOS of North America, Inc. "C&A Tool is a premiere turnkey contract manufacturer, providing manufacturing as an art to various industries, including end-use parts for aerospace and medical applications."
About C&A Tool Engineering Inc.
Founded in 1969 as a premier tool and die maker, C&A Tool today operates more than 700,000 square feet of manufacturing space in Northeast Indiana, with more than 560 employees to serve its customers. C&A delivers exceptional rare and non-traditional results that include finished products for high-performance transportation, business and industrial equipment, as well as absolute precision medical and surgical applications. For more information, visit www.catool.com