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How EOS industrial 3D printing is contributing to revolutionizing human transport, enabling a pioneering flight suit

EOS and Gravity showcase aeronautical innovation at the formnext show in Frankfurt/Germany

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Arm mount with 3D printed parts, leading to weight and cost reductions by changing material, functional integration and bionic design optimizations (source: EOS)

Frankfurt/Germany, November 13, 2018 – EOS, the world's leading technology supplier in the field of Industrial 3D printing of metals and polymers, is showcasing its broad solution portfolio at formnext (Nov. 13 – 16) in Frankfurt/Germany. Based on a recently entered partnership with Gravity Industries, EOS will present components of Gravity's pioneering Jet Suit at the EOS booth G50 in hall 3.1. On November 14, show visitors can attend a demo flight performed by Gravity Industries, Head of Flight Training, Dr. Angelo Grubisic at the “Agora“ in front of hall 3 at 12.30h p.m.

Gravity was founded in 2017 with the vision of enabling mankind to fly. The suit of patent pending technology is aiming at revolutionizing human transport, enabling unparalleled human flight. It was built using 3D printed parts, specialist electronics and five jet engines. All components are being developed in an agile and interdisciplinary manner. Full of constant innovation, the suit allows for a 1,000 bhp performance and can fly at a speed of more than 70 km/h. 

Güngör Kara, Chief Digital Officer (CDO) at EOS stresses: “Richard and his team are pushing the boundaries of what is possible. As a pioneer in industrial 3D printing, we share the same spirit of innovating. For the Jet Suit, Gravity needed high quality parts which offer high part stability and reduced weight as well as enabling constant product iterations and optimization. This is exactly where additive manufacturing comes into play. It offers a true value add as it can inspire companies to change the way they design and manufacture. In this decade, pushing the limits is a necessity for true innovation."

EOS and Gravity are cooperating to continuously optimize the Jet Suit based on design optimizations and subsequent additive manufacturing (AM) of relevant parts. Based on the EOS polymer technology, cable routings, electronics and battery housings were produced using AM. For the arm mounts and thrust control, the EOS metal technology is being used. During the joint project, the team was able to achieve substantial cost reductions and a weight reduction of 10 per cent for the arm mounts by changing from titanium to aluminum material. Design optimizations can be performed very quickly, as such allowing the realization of quick design iterations. Design for AM led to a consolidation from eight to three parts. At the same time, the number of connecting bosses could also be reduced, lowering the risk of failure. Moreover, the new bionic design enables a lightweight connecting structure. All this also allows for a subsequent simplified assembly. 

Chief Test Pilot and Founder of Gravity Industries, Richard Browning, states: “When I started to think about inventing the Jet Suit I was inspired by my time with the Royal Marines where pushing ourselves to the limits was a daily routine. For me, innovation comes from courage and from thinking the unthinkable. We are already pushing the boundaries of what is possible today and are creating the future with every day we innovate. AM is substantially supporting us on this exciting journey."

About Gravity Industries

Gravity Industries augments the body and mind with a suite of patent pending technology to enable unparalleled human flight. Launched in March 2017, the dream was to reimagine human flight with an elegant partnership between mind, body and machine, exploiting leading edge technology. This vision led to the creation of the Gravity Jet Suit. Gravity has to date been experienced by over a billion people globally with video views alone running at more than 60m within seven days of launch. In the first 12 months Gravity executed 57 flight events across 19 countries including four TED talks. Media contact: jess@gravity.co

About EOS

EOS is the world's leading technology supplier in the field of industrial 3D printing of metals and polymers. Formed in 1989, the independent company is pioneer and innovator for comprehensive solutions in additive manufacturing. Its product portfolio of EOS systems, materials, and process parameters gives customers crucial competitive advantages in terms of product quality and the long-term economic sustainability of their manufacturing processes. Furthermore, customers benefit from deep technical expertise in global service, applications engineering and consultancy.



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