• EOS - 30 years of passion for technology | © EOS
On 24 April 1989, Dr. Hans J. Langer founded EOS GmbH Electro Optical Systems in Gräfelfing, a small municipality to the south of Munich. This day marked the start of a company history characterized by pioneering spirit, passion and courage.

Today, EOS boasts more than 1,250 employees in 15 countries and offers customer support in more than 67 countries.



How it all began

In his capacity as Director of European Operations for the American company General Scanning – global leader in the field of laser beam steering solutions - Doctor of Physics, Dr. Hans J. Langer, is quick to recognize what the development of laser technology could mean for the future of manufacturing.

Intrigued at the thought of creating components by laying down successive layers of material from 3D data using laser technology, Langer approaches his employer with the idea of venturing into the world of laser additive manufacturing. Worried at the prospect of patent disputes, General Scanning declines.  

But the vision of going straight from CAD to manufacturing without tooling for the fabrication of physical components has captured Langer's imagination and he takes the momentous decision to branch out on his own and revolutionize the industrial manufacturing sector. He founds the company EOS GmbH Electro Optical Systems.



The first product manufacturing steps

Unlike most company founders, not only does Langer not initially have a finished product, he doesn't even have a prototype. But what he does have is the burning conviction that his idea will be the solution to the challenges faced by key players in the manufacturing industry.

So BMW is the perfect first EOS customer. The Bavarian car manufacturer is desperately looking for a stereolithography machine (a type of resin-based 3D printer) that meets its specifications having failed to find what it needs on the American market. Wolfgang Reitzle, former development manager at BMW, has the foresight to believe in Langer's vision and provides the venture capital for the construction of a laser stereolithography machine designed exclusively to meet BMW's requirements – a machine that currently only exists on paper.

Once commissioned, it is soon evident that the Gräfelfing premises are far too small for the task in hand, so in the same year, the company relocates to nearby Planegg, to the premises of Langer's former employer General Scanning. In order to create more space for his development and systems, Langer also rents a garage.



EOS goes Europe

Just one year after concluding their somewhat unusual deal, EOS delivers the STEREOS 400 – a system that not only meets the requirements and expectations of the Munich car manufacturer, but exceeds them by a mile. In one fell swoop, Langer is a key player and his company EOS is the first, and only, European provider of high-end rapid prototyping systems.

At the same time, the company opens its first branch in France, EOS Electro Optical Systems S.A.



This success attracts the attention of other car manufacturers and EOS continues to pursue its development strategy.

EOS launches its second stereolithography machine on the market, the STEREOS 600. The STEREOS product range sells so well that by its second year, the company not only proves itself profitable with a turnover of 10 million DM, it is already Europe's market leader for high-end rapid prototyping technology.

EOS now has 20 employees.



As European market leader, EOS attracts the attention of international partners like Hitachi Zosen Information Systems (HZS), as well as that of the American competition in the stereolithography sector. 3D Systems sues EOS for patent infringement.
This leads to years of legal wrangling that is both time-consuming and costly – and which almost costs the Bavarian pioneer his company.

Founder Dr. Hans J. Langer

Dr. Hans J. Langer founded EOS with a vision of leveraging laser technology to create three-dimensional objects directly from CAD data. With his pioneering spirit and a healthy instinct for current and future market requirements, Langer has built his company up into the independent and world leading manufacturer of high-end solutions for additive manufacturing that it is today.

Under his management, EOS has seen enormous growth and the company now boasts 1,250 employees at various sites around the globe. Sustainability, social responsibility and innovative spirit are the cornerstones and driving force of his entrepreneurial activities.

Langer is currently CEO & Chairman of the EOS GROUP and responsible for the strategic orientation of the group. The Langer family maintains a dynamic network of partner companies and promising start-ups and Langer also dedicates his time to a family-run company group.



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.



Within a year, the prototype is also available as a commercial printer. With the EOSINT M 250, a DMLS system for the manufacture of metal tools for plastic injection molding, EOS paves the way for rapid tooling and positions itself as the leading player in high-end rapid tooling technology. 

This year also sees the launch of the STEREOS MAX 600 in the stereolithography sector.

However, Langer still sees a broader horizon ahead and resists restricting his development strategy to resin and powder. EOS further expands its product portfolio and builds a sand laser sintering system, the EOSINT S 350, based on its EOSINT P 350 plastic system, which enables the direct, tool-less manufacture of sand cores/molds for metal cast parts. 



One year after the launch of the EOSINT S 350, EOS launches its first standard EOSINT S 700, which doubles the width of the build area. The EOSINT S 700 is the world's first laser sintering system with two lasers which, together with its fast building speed, considerably accelerates productivity.

EOS aims to offer end-to-end solutions. From concept through creation, the company offers a highly competitive one-stop resource for the perfect interaction of system, material and process.

EOS launches the polyamide material PA 1500 and the glass-filled polyamide PA 1300 GF for the polymer sector.

The start of a joint venture with Hitachi Zosen Information Systems (HZS) is marked by the opening of a joint technology center in Tokyo.



Carl Zeiss Jena pulls out of the rapid prototyping business in order to focus on its core business. Langer jumps at the chance to buy back his shares and concludes a license agreement with 3D Systems. EOS sells the STEREOS product line to 3D Systems and takes over the global patent rights for laser sintering technology. Langer is now determined to pinpoint focus on powder-based additive layer-by-layer manufacturing processes and sets the ball rolling. EOS expands to include an Italian production site in Milan and soon launches two new materials - Cu 3201 (DirectMetal 50) and the fine polyamide material PA 2200.

At the same time, EOS launches its first material management solution - Integrated Process Chain Management (IPCM-S) for the optimum handling of material quantities.



In response to customer demand and rapidly evolving market requirements, EOS recognizes that quality is a key element - its quality management system is awarded ISO 9001 certification.

Development cooperations with a number of major industry players from a range of specialist areas further help EOS to optimize its products. This includes its successful working relationship with Materialise, a cooperation which helps EOS improve the positioning of components in its laser sinter systems.

At the same time, this year sees the launch of facelift EOSINT M 250 Xtended and the materials DirectMetal 50-V2, DirectMetal 100-V3 and DirectSteel 50-V1.



EOS celebrates its 10th anniversary. Years full of commitment, passion, innovation and energy-sapping patent disputes. Years marked by product developments that have been key drivers of industrial 3D printing technology and have helped shape and mold this innovative manufacturing method from the outset.

The polymer technology of EOSINT P moves onto the next generation with the EOSINT P 360.



EOS launches a global innovation on the market - the world's first dual laser system for the additive manufacture of plastic parts - the EOSINT P 700 delivers speed and quality that is unmatched by any other laser-sintering system. Its massive build platform enables significantly higher productivity and its technology creates a wealth of new opportunities for high volume prototype production and flexible, cost-effective series production that can be scaled to market volume.

The demand for metal materials continues to rise. To meet this demand, EOS takes over parts of its partner Electrolux and sets up a new branch in Turku, Finland.



The year of expansion: with a branch in Warwick (UK) EOS further consolidates its presence in Europe while the opening of its first American branch – an EOS Technology Center in Novi (USA) – sees it making the leap across the pond to significantly expand its market presence in North America. A huge step for EOS.

The biocompatibility certification of PA 2200 opens up a whole new world of AM manufacturing options for the medical technology sector.   
It is also the year that EOS launches not only a new metal system – the EOSINT M 250 Xtended – but also 20µm layers for the DMLS process, thus enabling significantly higher part quality. 



For a market to thrive, there has to be healthy competition, which is why Dr. Langer was always more interested in the dissemination and further development of his innovative technology than striving for a possible monopoly position and economic success.

Based on this philosophy, EOS establishes a cooperation with the machine manufacturer Trumpf GmbH & Co. KG, complete with patent cross-license – this enables Trumpf to distribute its own system for DMLS®. 



The year 2003 is dominated by the development and launch of new materials, which opens up a whole new range of target markets. The certification of its material PA 2200, approving it for food contact in compliance with the EU Plastics Directive, enables EOS to leverage its technology for new applications in the food production sector. The world's first aluminum filled fine polyamide material, Alumide, sees EOS once again launching a pioneering innovation. The material DirectSteel H 20 significantly expands AM manufacturing options in the toolmaking sector.

The EOSINT S 750, a system for the direct production of sand cores and molds for metal castings, increases overall productivity by approximately 100% compared to its predecessor the S 700, thus making the DirectCast® process considerably more cost-effective.



It took all of 15 years – but EOS has finally made it: In 2004, Dr. Langer takes the bold step of securing key sections of the patent portfolio for industrial 3D printing, a step that catapults EOS into the position of technology leader for laser additive manufacturing. These are high-risk times, full of setbacks and triumphs. But ultimately, EOS ends on a high…

The direction of development is clear: from prototype construction to series production – which requires greater system productivity and larger build spaces. The two new systems are an important step in this direction: The EOSINT M 270 is the first commercial DMSL system with fiber laser which, thanks to a significantly higher energy density, enables the processing of new metal materials. 

In the plastic laser-sintering sector, the EOSINT P 380i now offers integrated electrical and machine safety concepts.



With the opening of the EOS India Branch Office in Chennai, EOS expands into the Asian market.  

The markets for industrial additive manufacturing continue to grow and customer demands are becoming increasingly specific. It is Dr. Langer's aim to perfect the interaction between laser and powder materials which, in his opinion, can only be successfully achieved if all key elements - systems, materials and process parameters – come from a single source. Following the opening of the Finnish branch in Oy, the purchase of the thermoplastic coating powder company KVS Kunststoffvertrieb Dr. Schiffers GmbH & Co KG in Ulm, represents a significant boost to its powder refinement/production in the polymer sector.  



But Langer is not content to sit on his laurels and leave his patent licenses languishing in a drawer. To realize his vision, his technology needs to be implemented globally - in which case, it would be impossible for a single company to cope with the demand. For this reason, he enters into patent licenses agreements for the DMLS process with his German competitor Concept Laser. 

The EOS team now boasts 250 employees who are passionate about expanding the application options for industrial 3D printing. In this context, EOS collaborates with 3D-Micromac AG to develop a technology for Micro Laser Sintering that enables the manufacture of small metal parts of incredible accuracy, thanks to super thin layers of between 1 µm and 5 µm. With such high-precision applications, EOS opens up a whole new world of possibilities for medical technology and the chemical and pharmaceutical industry.
And things really start moving for the medical industry as well this year as the green light is given to the dental industry for the series production of dental prostheses made from the certified metal EOS CobaltChrome SP1. This is soon followed by further solutions for blood centrifuges, dentures, crowns and bridges, implants and hearing devices.
For the polymer sector, 2006 is also the year that EOS launches the EOSINT P 730, the EOSINT P 390 and the FORMIGA P 100 – a plastic laser sintering system that continues to set the benchmark for the industrial 3D printing of polymer parts for many years to come. The EOS material PA 2210 FR is the world's first flame-proof laser sintering powder – an absolute innovation, which enables manufacturers to tap into a whole new spectrum of applications. 

In the same year, EOS opens its third Technology Center in Singapore.



EOS welcomes VIP guests from America: Morris Technologies and GE visit EOS to agree a technical collaboration with the aim of improving the technology and application of direct metal laser sintering. Five years later, Morris will be taken over by GE Aviation.

Just one year post-launch, the FORMIGA P 100 is awarded "Most innovative product in the industrial equipment sector". 

With its new site in Incheon, South Korea, EOS expands its presence in Asia and significantly increases its range of materials: PrimePart DC, PrimePart ST, PA 2202 black and PA 2203 grey are added to the material portfolio. EOS Titanium Ti64 enables the first commercial process for titanium.  



We did it! EOS is now world market leader for laser sintering systems. With some 330 employees, the Bavarian company now boasts an annual turnover of 73 million euro, placing it well ahead of the competition. 

2008 also saw the agreement of further cooperations and patent licenses   including with BEGO – with the aim of increasing utilization of AM processes for customized dental crowns and bridges. Together with MCP-HEK Tooling GmbH, the University of Paderborn, Boeing and Evonik Industries, EOS founds the Direct Manufacturing Research Center (DMRC).

Things are also advancing on the product side: following the launch of its EOSTATE software in 2007, EOS adds new features, such as Powder Tracking and Online Laser Power Control, and in-process quality assurance measures, such as MVR measurement (Melt Volume Rate), which leads to the development of the EOS Integrated Quality Management System (IQMS) concept. EOS also develops a new polymer system, the EOS P 800 with two lasers and operating temperatures of up to 385 °C, which enables processing of the material polyaryletherketone (EOS PEEK HP3).
With the launch of EOS CobaltChrome SP2, EOS pioneers the first CE-certified material for medical products, such as dental crowns and bridges.



Not even EOS is immune to the year of the financial crisis – the large OEMs considerably reduce their level of investment and the effects of market uncertainty can be clearly felt.  Nonetheless, EOS continues to develop and innovate: it brings two thermoplastic laser-sintering systems to market, the EOSINT P 395 and the EOSINT P 760. The completely re-engineered laser optics of the EOSINT P 395's Surface Module considerably improves the surface quality of the manufactured parts. It also expands the Integrated Process Chain Management (IPCM) with the EOSINT M.

Even in this period of low sales, the vision of positioning additive manufacturing as key technology for industrial production continues to be a driving force for Langer and his team.  The materials EOS NickelAlloy IN718 and EOS Aluminium AlSi10Mg are launched on the metal sector. In order to standardize the properties of parts and ensure the reliably uniform quality of 3D-printed components, EOS introduces the EOS Part Property Management concept. 

To further expand its micro laser sintering sector (MLS), EOS opens a further branch in Chemnitz. In collaboration with selected partners, the branch specializes in the manufacture of high-precision micro-components. 
Joining forces to create added value: a key aspect of the development and optimization of AM is also its sustainability. In order to incorporate these ideas into the daily business practices of the organization, EOS introduces a range of Corporate Responsibility (CR) initiatives.



EOS is a partner of the University of Applied Sciences in Munich and sponsor and partner of the scholarship program of the Strascheg Center of Entrepreneurship (SCE), a start-up center of the venture capitalist Falk F. Strascheg – a strong supporter of Langer in the early days of EOS. The SCE´s goal is to nurture entrepreneurial thinking and action through education and business start-up support measures, and thus contribute towards a better future. A vision shared by the EOS founder, who has always sought to leverage his pioneering AM technology to improve people's lives.

Langer also founds Electro Optical Systems Nordic AB in Goteborg, Sweden in order to better serve Northern Europe and the Baltic States. 
In addition to the new metal material NickelAlloy IN 625, EOS presents a new metal laser sintering system, the EOSINT M 280. This 3D printer, with optional 200W or 400W fiber laser, is the first printer with laminar flow, which ensures maximum DMLS® quality of components. 
EOS now has a workforce of some 400 people.



Worldwide sales of EOS laser sintering systems hits the 1,000 mark. The British trade journal TCT names EOS founder, Dr. Hans J. Langer as one of the 20 most influential people in the AM sector.

Quality assurance is a key driver in the further dissemination of innovative technology. So in order to achieve even better and reliably reproducible material and component properties, EOS launches its Module Laser Power Monitoring (LPM) and Comfort Powder Modules (CPM) for metal applications. 

In collaboration with EADS, EOS carries out a life cycle assessment of Direct Metal Laser Sintering.



This is the year that EOS achieves sales of 100 million € and – with a constantly growing workforce now numbering more than 520 – it has also once again outgrown its current premises. The green light is given for an additional building with a technology and customer center - one that allows room for further growth. At the same time, EOS begins powering its headquarters solely with renewable energy sources. 

2012 also sees the launch of the plastic laser sintering system FORMIGA P 110 and the company's newly developed and innovative plastic materials PrimePart Plus, Prime Part FR, PrimePart ST and PA 1101. With the development of these new materials, the focus is firmly on sustainability: the launch of PrimePart Plus (PA 2221) represents a real breakthrough in polymer development   an AM material with an ultra-low refresh rate of 30% that considerably reduces waste. The polymer powder PA 1101 is produced 100 % from renewable raw materials.  

A further milestone in the development of AM materials is the strategic development partnership of EOS and Cookson Precious Metals (CPM). The aim of this collaboration is to enable the processing of precious metals using additive manufacturing and, among other things, make the technology accessible to the jewelry industry.



EOS continues to grow and opens a Chinese facility with adjacent Technical Center in Shanghai. In order to meet the organizational needs of his rapidly expanding company, Langer appoints three new Managing Directors; Christian Kirner (COO), Dr. Tobias Abeln (CTO) and Dr. Adrian Keppler (CMO).

This is also the year that EOS unveils the EOS M 400, the first manufacturing platform with automated unpacking concept. This modular AM solution represents a huge evolutionary step towards the future and puts metallic 3D printing firmly on track for automated series production. The EOS P 396 – the new system for polymer materials – offers the innovative EOSAME feature, a solution that adjusts the energy input, thus improving the homogeneous quality and mechanical properties of the manufactured parts. 

EOS also develops EOS NickelAlloy HX, PrimePart ST and PrimePart FR, the latter being the first flame-retardant AM material for the aerospace industry.
This is also the year that EOS wins the "Top 100" Innovation Prize 2013 and is awarded the title "Innovator of the Year" for its many product innovations.

For EOS, a central aspect of the development and optimization of additive manufacturing solutions is sustainability and its corporate responsibility towards the environment. Against this backdrop, and with the aim of minimizing the environmental impact of both company and products, EOS develops the first AM program for recycling used polyamide powders – a free customer service that is yet further evidence of the company's strong commitment to promoting the sustainable use of energy resources for laser sinter technology.



Right on time for the company's 25th anniversary, 2014 also sees the inauguration of the new technology and customer center in Krailling, near Munich. The center accommodates some 300 employees all fully focused on new developments and innovations aimed at driving the technology forward and accelerating its uptake. Development work is carried out both in-house and in partnership with external companies, such as Cookson Precious Metals Ltd. The conclusion of this partnership in 2012 is followed by 2 years of collaborative development culminating in the launch of a laser sintering system, the PRECIOUS M 080, which is capable of processing precious metals, such as gold, thus pioneering the manufacture of 3D-printed jewelry.

The EOS M 290 for the 3D printing of high-quality metal parts is also about to be launched on the market. What no one realizes at this point in time is that in just a few short years, this system will be the biggest selling AM metal system worldwide. The right materials for this system are not lagging far behind – EOS StainlessSteel 316L and EOS Titanium Ti64ELI.

In a bid to further meet the rapidly evolving requirements of series production, EOS develops the software solutions EOSYSTEM and EOSPRINT – an industrial milestone that frees the process of data preparation from the machine.



EOS is now the "game changer" for manufacturing. Manager magazine honors EOS with the "Game Changer Award" and praises it as "an outstanding example of technical innovation and entrepreneurial creative power".
This year also sees a technical innovation – the EOS M 100, a new laser sintering system for the manufacture of metal parts. New materials follow: EOS MaragingSteel CX and EOS CobaltChrome RPD, the first CE-certified powder for the additive manufacture of medical products, such as model cast prostheses.

In terms of software, EOSTATE Everywhere monitors the build process and system status and EOSTATE MeltPool monitors the melt process and captures and analyzes the data – all in real-time. 



A star is born! Additive Minds is founded - the first ever consulting unit of a system manufacturer on the AM market. Customers can now draw on the expertise of the consulting team to learn more about the application options of industrial 3D printing for their industry and products. From helping them identify the right component, over design optimization, right through to production, the Additive Minds team supports EOS customers throughout the entire process chain.

This year also sees the opening of another EOS technology center in Pflugerville, Texas and the unveiling of two system innovations, the EOS M 400-4 – the fastest system for DMLS® - and the EOS P 770, a laser sintering system for polymers with the world's largest building volume to date. EOS also launches the materials EOS StainlessSteel 17-4PH and EOS Titanium TiCP. 

In 2016 the company's environmental endeavors are recognized and rewarded when EOS achieves both ISO 14001 and EMAS certification. These supplement the existing ISO 9001 Quality Management System with a respected and globally applicable eco-management system.



Right on time for the first anniversary of Additive Minds, the EOS consulting unit receives confirmation of its success when it is awarded Top Consultant 2017 – as well as motivating and inspiring the team on to bigger and better things – it also proves that they're doing everything right. Founder Dr. Hans J. Langer is also honored for his tireless drive and innovative spirit and is inducted in the "TCT Hall of Fame" for 3D printing. 

EOS teams with aircraft structure supplier, Premium AEROTEC and the automotive company, Daimler to launch a new project – NextGenAM – designed to develop the next generation of additive manufacturing, thus laying the foundation for the implementation of this technology in large-scale serial manufacturing. The objective of the project is to further drive automation of the entire industrial 3D printing process.

And of course there are more exciting product innovations: EOS expands its range of 3D printing systems with the EOS P 500 – the world's first automation-ready manufacturing platform for the laser sintering of plastic parts on an industrial scale. This innovative platform enables the manufacture of high-quality components at the lowest possible cost per part. Thanks to clever hardware interfaces and accessories, the uptime of the EOS P 500 is increased by up to 75% compared to predecessor systems and competition models, thus ensuring smooth 24/7 production.
EOS also expands it powder portfolio with the Tungsten W1 – the first commercially available refractory metal for DMLS®. And in terms of software, the EOSPRINT 2 is a game changer as far as ease of use is concerned, enabling even users without specialist knowledge to prepare data, while EOSTATE Exposure OT – the world's first commercial solution that uses optical tomography for AM – enables real-time monitoring of the entire metal-based AM build process.

2017 also sees the EOS workforce grow to 1000 and the opening of a new production site in Maisach, a suburb of Munich. The new facility measures some 9,000 square meters and boosts production capacity to up to 1000 industrial 3D printing systems per year.

"We believe that the success and long-term viability of a company is most assured when company goals are not just geared to profit and growth, but when they also take into account the needs of society."

Hella Langer, member of the owner family. And the follow-through on these aspirations are unambiguously formulated in the first EOS environmental statement published in this year. 

EOS P 500 3D printing system for plastics | © EOS

EOS P 500
Die automatisierbare Fertigungsplattform

NextGenAM Taking major steps into the next generation of industrial 3D printing



EOS presents its first AM platform for digital additive production in the metal sector: the EOS M 300 series – a modular concept that supports integration of up to 4 lasers. In order to make existing metal systems "automation ready", EOS develops the IPM M Powder Station L, which offers a fully automatic and intelligent closed-loop material handling solution for up to 3 EOS systems. 

EOS also expands its polymer portfolio. The EOS P 810 is the world's first high-temperature laser-sintering solution specially optimized for handling PEKK-CF and is able to handle temperatures of up to 300 °C. Further refining and improving the successful FORMIGA P 110, EOS launches its successor, the FORMIGA P 110 Velocis, which offers even greater productivity. Using the unfilled polypropylene powder EOS PP 1101, this system enables the additive manufacturing of components that are highly ductile, yet rigid and which offer high chemical resistance. Because the used powder can be fully recycled, it is also particularly economical and sustainable. 

EOS begins to classify the technological maturity of all its polymer and metal materials and processes in the form of Technology Readiness Levels (TRL), a concept developed by NASA and which has since become established in numerous industries. By providing valid characteristic values on component properties, EOS continues to facilitate and accelerate the transition to additive series manufacturing.
This year also sees the opening of a new Innovation Center in Düsseldorf and of EOS Electro Optical Systems Japan K in Shinyokohama. 



30 years on from its inception, when it comes to the development of 3D printing technology, EOS is still a major driving force. With FDR, a new high-resolution 3D printing technology, EOS once again pushes the boundaries of what is possible in the world of polymer-based additive manufacturing. This new technology enables the additive manufacturing of extremely delicate parts which, despite their superfine surfaces and optimal detailed resolution, are also suitable for robust applications that require minimum wall thicknesses of just 0.22 mm. 

The pilot project NextGenAM proves a huge success and represents a true milestone in the world of automated manufacturing. EOS also presents no fewer than six new metal materials: EOS CopperAlloy CuCrZr, EOS Copper Cu, EOS StainlessSteel CX, EOS Aluminum AlF357, EOS Titanium Ti64 Grade 5 and EOS Titanium Ti64 Grade 23. As well as offering new properties, such as a combination of excellent corrosion resistance and high strength and hardness, these innovative metal powders are also ideal for applications that require a light metal with excellent mechanical/thermal strength, or high fatigue strength without hot isostatic pressing. These characteristics further expand the range of application options and make the world of additive manufacturing accessible to new industries and components. In the polymer sector, thanks to its outstanding properties, such as excellent resilience after deformation, good hydrolysis resistance, impressive UV stability and superior shock absorption, the material EOS TPU 1301 is ideal for the additive manufacturing of applications, such as damping elements, protective equipment, handles, shoe soles and so much more.

This anniversary year also sees a generational change-of-hands for the company as EOS founder Dr. Hans J. Langer passes the torch to his daughter, Marie Langer, and names her new CEO of the global market leader in the industrial 3D printing sector.

30 years on from the founding of EOS while we take great pride and pleasure in looking back on what we have achieved over three decades with our customers and partners   we are still firmly focussed on the future and what lies ahead in the world of additive manufacturing. We are nowhere near the end of our AM journey and the technology that we have played such a major part in developing is still a long way from reaching its full potential. 

We've been through some pretty difficult times, but if there's one lesson we have learned, it is that challenges are there to be mastered and problems are opportunities for improvement. With this in mind – let us continue to find new problems and to drive the innovation designed to solve them.

Dr. Hans J. Langer, CEO & Chairman of the EOS GROUP

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