On the advice of the Munich-based venture capitalist Falk Strascheg, who was already encouraging Langer to found his company in the late 80's, Langer sells 75% of his EOS shares to Carl Zeiss Jena. This allows him to continue as Managing Director of EOS with a minority holding and shifts responsibility for the patent dispute to the Zeiss Optical Group.
Thanks to his successful stereolithography business and the majority holding of Carl Zeiss Jena, Langer is finally free from legal proceedings and financially secure. EOS begins with the development of its laser sintering system and is a key driver of this technology.
With the EOSINT 350, EOS launches the first European laser sintering system for the manufacture of plastic models on the market, becoming the world's first provider of both laser sintering and stereolithography systems.
EOS continues to grow. The Planegg premises are extended and – due to the majority holding of Carl Zeiss Jena – a production site opened in Jena.
In pursuit of Langer's vision to optimize technology and drive development at a global level with a view to improving people's lives worldwide, EOS concludes a cooperation agreement with Electrolux RD for the development Direct Metal Laser Sintering technology (DMLS). This cooperation produces the EOSINT M 160 – the prototype of a commercial system for the DMLS process and the world's first technology for the direct additive manufacture of metal components.