November 4, 2022
EOS, supplier for responsible manufacturing solutions via industrial 3D printing technology, has launched its new Contract Manufacturing Network. The network connects end customers with established additive manufacturing production partners, so they can create quality parts fast and reliably, the company reports. Initially the network will be set up in EMEA with seven partners, namely FKM, Erpro, Volum-E, Pankl, Materialise, Oerlikon, Hasenauer and Hesser. It will be expanded globally.
The new Contract Manufacturing Network builds on EOS’ offerings in its existing partner networks. Customers searching for an additive manufacturing partner to produce their parts, rather than manufacturing in-house, can approach the network for support—from rapid prototyping up to small series volumes of 1,000 parts.
Criteria Needed to Become a Partner
Companies that want to become a partner undergo a thorough evaluation, where they must fulfill certain criteria, such as needing to serve customers across EMEA. Experienced partners must have a minimum of five EOS systems installed from the latest generation of machines, which are regularly maintained and inspected. EOS offers all the tools needed to ensure remote service as part of a preventive maintenance program, enabling EOS production partners to offer high levels of performance and system availability.
Additionally, Contract Manufacturer Network partners must process EOS or EOS ecosystem powder with their systems to ensure they can maintain the network's quality promise.
To ensure quality standards, the partner must have a proven quality management system that complies with ISO 9001 and meet defined key performance indicators on areas such as customer satisfaction, scrap rates and on-time delivery, according to EOS.
EOS Contract Manufacturing Network partners will be included on the MakerVerse partner hub, an EOS branded platform on MakerVerse. With this, the network partners will have the opportunity to expand their reach to potential end customers while making the ordering process as easy as possible. The collaboration of the EOS Contract Manufacturing Network with MakerVerse as its fulfillment partner allows customers to access all the production capacities of the EOS Contract Manufacturing Network at their fingertip, while questions, payment, purchase orders and invoicing are all being handled.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.