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EOS launches CopperAlloy CuNi30 for maritime applications

Developed with Phillips Federal and Austal USA, the new material for DMLS shows excellent corrosion resistance In salt water

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EOS has completed development and is commercially launching the new EOS CopperAlloy CuNi30 material, a copper-nickel alloy engineered specifically for laser powder bed fusion additive manufacturing.

The EOS CopperAlloy CuNi30 material for DMLS (metal L-PBF) was engineered to deliver excellent performance and material properties with a combination of high strength and ductility, around 510 MPa UTS and more than 20% elongation. The material achieves excellent corrosion resistance in salt water and sustained performance in low temperatures. With these mechanical properties, EOS has successfully met UNS C96400 specifications as mentioned in ASTM B369-09 for mechanical performance.

EOS launches CopperAlloy CuNi30 for maritime applications, developed with Phillips Federal and Austal USA for DMLS In partnership with Phillips Federal and Austal USA for the submarine industrial base (SIB), EOS CopperAlloy CuNi30 was developed and tested to alleviate the supply pressure of traditional castings and meet the goal of “2+1 Columbia and Virginia Class submarine platforms” for the U.S. Navy. Phillips Federal has noted that the material’s exceptional performance combined with the competitive cost-per-part (CPP) has created a strong business case for production implementation.

“EOS was provided with a strategic objective to deliver a CuNi30 product to the U.S. Navy submarine industrial base to mitigate casting delays; a material holding unique to the naval construction industry and not widely available for AM technology use. We acted with priority to support the submarine program schedule, and we are pleased to share our successful product release within a few months of the project start. It is a privilege to contribute to projects of such strategic importance to our national interests.”
Ankit Saharan, senior manager of metals technology at EOS

Supply Chain Efficiencies, Accelerated Lead Times, and Reduced InventoriesTraditionally, manufacturing of CuNi alloy applications is done by casting and can be costly due to testing and quality requirements. There is also a lack of suppliers who can meet the application requirements. With the combination of EOS CopperAlloy CuNi30 and the quality and productivity of EOS platforms, these applications can now meet both requirements, while also opening new design and production capabilities industrial 3D printing affords manufacturers. Additionally, parts can now be produced regionally, locally and on-demand – another advantage of AM.

“We are grateful for the response from EOS and the Additive Minds team to develop EOS CopperAlloy CuNi30 so quickly,” said John Harrison, Senior Vice President of Global Additive at Phillips Federal This alloy is critical in many marine applications and will be important in our efforts to support the U.S. Navy Center of Excellence.”

EOS CopperAlloy CuNi30 is now commercially available for the mid-frame EOS M 290 and the large-frame EOS M 400, followed by the four laser EOS M 400-4 later in 2024.

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Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites VoxelMatters.com and Replicatore.it, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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