NOVI, MI, Mar 21, 2017 – EOS, the global technology leader for industrial 3D printing, awarded the first Additive Manufacturing Quality (AMQ) certification in North America to Incodema3D, a leader in direct metal 3D printing. The AMQ certification strengthens Incodema3D’s position in the AM market by ensuring customers a reliable supply chain for additively manufactured (AM) parts and components.
The AMQ certification is a holistic assessment conducted by EOS that measures all quality-management elements of a company’s AM production chain with the goal of highest part quality, transparency, and repeatability. This qualification, developed in cooperation with German based TÜV Süd, brings together EOS’ proven experience in AM with TÜV Süd’s expertise in production auditing to differentiate companies committed to quality AM production. These standards are critical, for example, for manufacturers navigating the regulation-laden aerospace and medical industries that need to ensure sustainable, repeatable quality management systems.
“Our AMQ program underscores EOS’ dedication to quality assurance for our partners and the end customer, and I firmly believe that this kind of standardization is critical to increasing mainstream adoption of AM,” said Dr. Gregory Hayes, director of applications and consulting for EOS North America. “Our EOS consulting team – called Additive Minds – partners with our customers, like Incodema3D, to bring this level of quality assurance to their entire organization, arming them with a key differentiator among the competitive set.”
As the first North American AMQ recipient, Incodema3D deepens its partnership with EOS to provide customers with the highest quality metal AM production, with speed and consistency while maintaining competitive pricing. In working with EOS, Incodema3D initially set out to provide a very efficient contract production Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) service, purchasing two metal AM systems in late 2012. However, it was through Incodema’s efforts in quality assurance that, together with EOS, they were able to create a scalable, competitive operation targeted at specific high-growth industries.
“In the metal AM industry, there’s an assumption that next-generation technologies like AM create a plug-and-play solution that opens the door to opportunities in high-yield markets, such as medical and aerospace,” said Sean Whittaker, president and CEO, Incodema3D. “It’s just not that simple. To be a viable industry player, Incodema quickly realized we had to invest in knowledge, not just machines, so we worked with EOS’ Additive Minds consulting team to ensure excellence in the DMLS process, of which our AMQ certification was a critical part.”
Incodema3D has been AS 9100 certified since December 2015 and AMQ certified since December 2016. With the AMQ certification and an ever growing fleet of EOS metal technology, they have a created a scalable DMLS production service offering that many customers rely on and trust.
EOS is the global technology leader for industrial 3D printing of metals and polymers. Founded in 1989, the independent company is a pioneer and innovator for holistic solutions in additive manufacturing. Everything EOS does is founded on the cornerstones of corporate responsibility and sustainability, both inward- and outward-facing. Whereby EOS embraces a deep commitment to customers and their needs. Like no other company, EOS is mastering the interaction of laser and powder material. Additionally, EOS provides all essential elements for industrial 3D printing. System, material and process parameters are intelligently harmonized to ensure a reliable high quality of parts and thus facilitating a decisive competitive edge. Furthermore customers benefit from deep technical expertise in global service, applications engineering and consultancy. EOS nurtures a vibrant ecosystem of partners and, by means of venture investments, helps incubate promising start-ups. It’s this interaction along the whole industrial value-chain that enables the development of extensive solutions for 3D printing. Hence contributing to the further digitization and automation of manufacturing.
For more information, visit www.eos.info.
Incodema3D, a division of the Incodema Group family of companies specializes in contract additive manufacturing. The vision of Incodema3D is to create a serial production contract manufacturing operation leveraging its proven knowledge and skills developed over decades in the advanced manufacturing industry. Incodema3D offers a range of Additive Production technology from multiple vendors and offers a breadth of materials to accommodate demands from a variety of key markets. “We don’t just print parts, We Manufacture parts … to Print!”
For more information, visit www.incodema3d.com.