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.