Plastics are big business, with nearly 400 million tons consumed globally last year. Thanks to industrial 3D printing, the way plastic parts are conceptualized and manufactured is being revolutionized. The technology has unlocked new complex designs for improved performance and light-weighting, part assembly reduction, and mass production of customized products in new application spaces. However, this plastic manufacturing revolution has been greatly restricted by factors that include limited 3D printer capabilities, a lack of materials compatible with industrial 3D printers, and insufficient design and process know-how. With the new Integra P 400, it's time to change this narrative.
The Integra P 400 is an industrial plastic 3D printer built to empower designers, production engineers and material makers alike. With an impressive array of new user-friendly features that offer unprecedented productivity, software controls, material compatibility, and simple serviceability, the Integra P 400 is truly the most flexible and accommodating system on the market. Join us as we take a look at the plastic 3D printing landscape, and explore how the new Integra P 400 enables organizations like yours to push past some of 3D printing's most difficult barriers.
- Intro to plastics and the 3D printing technological landscape
- The new Integra P 400 - a solution to 3D printing barriers
- Ask the experts Q&A
Donnie Vanelli is Chief Operating Officer for EOS North America. In this role, Donnie oversees the execution of day-to-day operations at EOS to ensure EOS' broader business strategy is met. Most notably, Donnie supports the development and subsequent delivery to the market of new materials for powder bed additive manufacturing.
Donnie is also co-founder and president of Advanced Laser Materials (ALM), a leading provider of custom material solutions for the additive manufacturing industry. ALM, formerly Advanced Laser Composites, was founded in 2003 with a mission to commercialize the development of additive manufacturing material systems. Through years of highly specialized research, it has since evolved to now develop and provide thermoplastic rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing materials.
EOS and ALM integrated in 2014, allowing Donnie to focus on advancing the development of manufacturing via laser-sintering. Combining his engineering background with his seasoned business expertise and knowledge of materials in additive manufacturing, Donnie supports the transition of laser-sintering from rapid prototyping to rapid manufacturing of functional parts through an ALM-EOS joint effort.
Donnie earned his master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. In his free time, he enjoys reading history, studying architecture and spending time with his family.
Mike Conner, Vice President of Service and Support at EOS North America, oversees all aspects of service and applications support to enhance the EOS customer experience. In his role, Mike is responsible for ensuring EOS is able to efficiently partner with customers to create customized system, material, and process solutions and quickly bring new manufacturing applications to market.
Since joining EOS four years ago, Mike has worked with a small team of engineers to develop a highly serviceable, accurate and repeatable mid temperature laser sintering system, the Integra P 400. He also spearheaded a field service initiative that resulted in reduced response time, increased uptime and increased level of expertise provided to EOS customers.
Prior to EOS, Mike worked in the service and support department of 3D printing companies DTM and 3D Systems. Leveraging his industry expertise, he went on to help start a third-party service company, Integra Services International that later integrated with EOS. Following the expansion of EOS' service capacity in North America through their Integra partnership, Mike assumed his current role at EOS.
As an active participant in the additive manufacturing industry since the early 90's, Mike stays up to date on the latest advancements in the industry and talking with those interested in learning more about AM.
Dr. Cary Baur is manager of Applications Development - Polymer at EOS North America. Cary's team works directly with customers to enable new applications by providing customized consulting and training programs to transform their product portfolio through AM. In this role, Cary is also responsible for developing partnerships and long-term projects and is currently serving as technical project lead for customers that are implementing EOS polymer technology into their business such as Under Armour, Smith & Nephew, Ford and others.
Prior to working at EOS, Cary was the senior leader of polymer AM at Arconic's Technical Center, where he oversaw AM research efforts in the polymer materials and aerospace divisions. His achievements included designing a new polymer resin for casting applications that lowers cost and increases part quality, and developing isotropic finishing, a post-processing technique that decreases the number of manual hours needed to obtain optimal surface finish.
Cary is the co-founder of Adaptive 3D Technologies, a company that has earned over $1.5 million in National Science Foundation (NSF) funding in addition to private funding to develop materials with advanced mechanical properties, such as softening with applied body temperature to improve comfort, fit, and performance of printed apparel products.
Cary also serves as an advisor to the Advanced Manufacturing and Nanotechnology division at the NSF, where he oversees funding and research initiatives for small businesses innovative research (SBIR) grants aimed at advancing the additive manufacturing industry.