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Featured Printer: (Industrial) EOSINT M 280 (400 Watt) Company/Founders: EOS GmbH Electro Optical Systems founded by Dr. Hans J. Langer, Dr. Hans Steinbichler

Printer Cost: Base $570,000

Software: EOS RP Tools, EOSTATE Magics RP (Materialise); CAD interface = STL Optional: converter for all standard formats

Operating Systems: Windows XP (for the system); Windows 7 (for EOS RP Tools, EOSTATE)

Connectivity: Network Ethernet

EOSINT M 280 Materials: EOS Maraging Steel MS1, EOS Stainless Steel GP1, EOS Stainless Steel PH1,

EOS Stainless Steel 316L, EOS Cobalt Chrome MP1, EOS Titanium Ti6Al4V, EOS Aluminum AlSi10Mg,

EOS Nickel Alloy IN718, EOS Nickel Alloy IN 625, EOS Nickel Alloy HX

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