Industrial 3D printing has only really started to appear in the public eye in the past five to ten years. But did you know that some visionary thinkers, like the German company EOS, have been developing and innovating in this field for the past 30 years?

TEXT: NANE STEINHOFF | PHOTOS: EOS

EOS is one of the world-leading innovators in powder-based 3D printing, processing a variety of polymers and metals. Their high-end additive manufacturing solutions enable customers from many sectors to design and manufacture a variety of products. While the topic of 3D printing has today become omnipresent, EOS now celebrates its 30th anniversary, which marks the family-owned company’s impressive transformation from start-up to global player.

Behind the company’s unprecedented success stands the visionary founder Dr. Hans J. Langer, who recognised future market trends at an early stage. Already in 1989, when EOS was founded in Munich’s outskirts, Dr. Langer had a clear goal in sight: to create physical components from digital data. He was convinced that this technology would enable an entirely new world of manufacturing. And he was right!

EOS, A visionary in industrial 3D printing, Discover Germany magazine, September 2019

Benefits for businesses

In the first 20 years of its history, EOS primarily focused on using 3D printing to quickly create prototypes, as such, going far beyond conventional manufacturing technologies. Over the last few years, EOS’ 3D-printing technology has truly arrived in widescale manufacturing and is one of digitisation’s big impulse generators. In this context, 3D printing plays a pivotal role because it connects the digital and the material world. The benefits: clients can shorten research and development times, reduce production costs and foster lightweight constructions, amongst other things.

Many companies already work with EOS and are showcasing just what is possible in the field. For example, the start-up Hexr works with EOS technologies to produce custom-fit bicycle helmets, while in the aerospace sector, Liebherr used the technology to build a high-pressure hydraulic block for the airbus A380, which offers the same performance as the conventional component, while being 35 per cent lighter.

Future outlooks

Today, the goal for many companies is to develop manufacturing towards digitisation. While businesses stand under increasing pressure to develop new products quicker than their competitors, they are sometimes slow in adopting additive manufacturing (AM) and integrating it into their organisation because the needed expertise is still hard to find. EOS offers relief with its Additive Minds consulting division, as it enables customers to enjoy the full potential of AM, by speeding up their learning curves, minimising investment risks and adding extra value.

All in all, EOS has 30 years of experience under its belt, offers industry-specific 3D-printing solutions and supports businesses from their introduction to the technology through to the development of entire manufacturing facilities. We think it’s high time to embrace industry 4.0 with EOS!

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