3D printing solutions company EOS is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. The company, which was founded in 1989 by Dr. Hans J. Langer, has becoming an important leading player in the industrial 3D printing market. In recent years especially, the innovative company has aptly transitioned the use of its AM technologies from predominantly prototyping applications to end-use, serial production.
To celebrate its 30 years of business, Germany-based EOS has highlighted some of its key achievements. For instance, the company is the world’s leading supplier of systems for AM solutions with almost 3,500 industrial 3D printers installed globally. Today, the company employs 1,200 employees around the world.
When it was founded, the EOS team, led by Dr. Langer consisted of just four people—a testament to the company’s success and growth. Despite this growth, however, the company to this day remains family-owned and independent, maintaining its founding principles and mission statement: to “shape the future of manufacturing.”
In 1989, Dr. Langer envisioned a technology which could produce 3D objects directly from CAD data using laser technology. Initially, the company focused primarily on stereolithography technology, though it transitioned to laser sintering by 1997. As the company says: “This was a far-reaching decision at that time and the right strategy, as it turned out.”
Another important step in the evolution of EOS was the establishment of its consulting unit Additive Minds in 2015, which is aimed at supporting customers in the adoption and integration of additive manufacturing. The unit now has over 300 successful customer projects under its belt, and a team of over 100 Additive Minds experts are still working to support EOS customers.
Recently, the company also introduced its latest technology, LaserProFusion, a polymer 3D printing process which promises 10x faster print speeds to compete with injection molding.
Moving forward, EOS says one of its goal is to further drive the use of AM in production scenarios and make the integration of AM into existing workflows as seamless as possible. The ultimate aim is to achieve highly flexible production that combines industrial 3D printing and more traditional manufacturing processes in a digital factory setting.
“The establishment of complete digital production platforms is a major goal that we are aiming to achieve in the coming years,” commented Dr. Adrian Keppler, CEO of EOS. “It’s not just about providing the right 3D printing solutions, but about evaluating, planning, setting-up, and optimizing AM production cells to leverage all the advantages and possibilities of digitalization.”
After 30 years, EOS is more than a 3D printer manufacturer. The company encompasses a whole EOS Ecosystem, which comprises EOS investments, AM Ventures and various external partners that support startups in the industry. By working with other companies in AM, EOS hopes to promote an end-to-end solution for its customers, providing solutions all along the value chain.