In 1989 proficient physicist Dr. Hans Langer based German 3D printer OEM EOS GmbH. Now celebrating its 30th anniversary, EOS is a number one identify within the international additive manufacturing market. With places throughout America, Asia, Africa and Europe, it offers each polymer and steel 3D printers, knowledgeable consultancy providers, and improvements geared toward advancing the progress of the know-how.
Nonetheless a family-run enterprise, Dr. Langer’s avant-garde imaginative and prescient for the potential of 3D printing again within the 1980s and his continued management of the EOS Group as Chairman and CEO, is to be recognised at this yr’s 3D Printing Trade Awards.
Becoming a member of Dr. Adrian Bowyer, founding father of the RepRap motion, and Fried Vancraen, Founder and CEO of 3D software program developer and repair supplier Materialise, Dr. Langer will likely be awarded our Excellent Contribution to 3D Printing accolade on the 2019 awards ceremony on June sixth. Forward of the occasion subsequent month, we requested Dr. Langer about his expertise within the trade and the visions he has for the way forward for additive manufacturing.
3D printing “important to the success of digital manufacturing”
Dr. Langer’s introduction to 3D printing got here in 1985 when he joined laser system specialist Common Scanning and started trying into early patents on the know-how. Recognizing the potential methods 3D printing may grow to be an accepted technique throughout the manufacturing sector, Dr. Langer ultimately left Common Scanning to arrange his personal firm with $500,000 in seed funding. “Very early on,” he feedback, “I’ve been envisioning industrial 3D printing to grow to be appropriate for mass-customization and EOS to grow to be the main supplier on this area.” Over the previous decade he says that developments in computed processes have “opened up producers to the potential of 3D printing for a totally digitized manufacturing.” He states:
“The trade is at present going via a basic shift the place know-how is on the core.”
Within the final ten years, Dr. Langer says he has noticed a big uptake in 3D printing, which he attributes to “the inflow of knowledge, analytics, machines, robotics” which organizations are utilizing “to make manufacturing extra environment friendly.”
“We’ve moved away from 3D printing being a novelty and ‘good to have,’ to one thing that’s important to the success of digital manufacturing.”
Realizing mass customization
Sustaining his imaginative and prescient from the very early days of EOS, Dr. Langer asserts that “3D printing has the potential to fully remodel manufacturing.” As well as, he says, “will probably be one of many key drivers of the digital factories of the long run.” This drive is evidenced by EOS’ dedication to the NextGenAM Mission which lately reached completion. By way of NexGenAM, EOS and collaborators Daimler and Premium AEROTEC, have constructed an automatic, digital manufacturing unit, that conducts additive manufacturing at scale. The primary half to be produced on the road to date is a substitute diesel engine bracket for Premium AEROTEC. The companions at the moment are working to validate new elements on the road.
The NextGenAM manufacturing unit idea. Picture by way of Premium AEROTEC, EOS and Daimler
For the true potential of mass customization to take maintain in additive manufacturing, Dr. Langer notes that will probably be a joint effort between , software program and supplies. “On the finish of the day,” Dr. Langer explains, “it isn’t nearly techniques – EOS offers total digital AM options to assist prospects find their method into the digital manufacturing.”
EOSCONNECT and EOSTATE program suites are simply two examples of EOS’s software program options for the 3D printing trade. With EOSCONNECT, the corporate has created platform that allow customers to combine their IOT-ready EOS 3D printers inside present IT infrastructure. Additional, the EOSTATE suite permits operators to conduct real-time monitoring of their processes. The intention is, in response to Dr. Langer, “to develop extra clever and autonomous methods to reinforce right now’s engineers work.”
Additional, EOS’s materials improvement, powder dealing with techniques, and automatic post-processing are additionally a key a part of this technique. Dr. Langer feedback, “Digital supplies and associated processes will drive down price and permit for voxel-based half properties sooner or later.”
The way forward for additive manufacturing: injection molding aggressive and humanitarian
One of many methods mass customization, and 3D printing for serial manufacturing will likely be explored by EOS is within the improvement of its LaserProFusion know-how. Unveiled at Formnext 2018, LaserProFusion is a forthcoming polymer 3D printing course of from EOS that guarantees to extend “the pace of manufacturing 10 fold utilizing a million diode lasers.”
“With the LaserProFusion know-how, we’re attaining a brand new stage of productiveness in polymer industrial 3D printing for serial manufacturing,” Dr. Langer feedback. “It’s a know-how that may be an alternative choice to injection molding in lots of purposes, respectively permits tool-free injection molding. It will make industrial 3D printing engaging for a very new market sooner or later.”
Diode lasers of EOS LaserProFusion know-how. Picture by way of EOS
And it’s not simply “innovating for innovation’s sake” as Dr. Langer places it. LaserProFusion is backed by an even bigger image strategy at EOS, creating a whole ecosystem for purchasers to assist them obtain particular purposes throughout polymer and steel processes. “3D printing comes into its personal when the bounds of typical manufacturing are reached,” Dr. Langer provides. “Each steel and polymers will proceed to have their place and the choice will come all the way down to particular necessities.”
“The truth that there may be rising alternative obtainable to prospects will serve to understand the potential of 3D printing and imply that there are extra challenges that 3D printing will be capable to handle.”
Taking a look at a fair larger image for the long run route of EOS usually, Dr. Langer believes that additive manufacturing will play a vital half in fixing societal points. Searching for to make the world a greater place, EOS is to concentrate on what Dr. Langer phrases a “humaneering” strategy – making use of science and people-centric ethics to attain its targets.
“In addition to enterprise advantages, our know-how contributes to creating the world a greater place to reside in,” he concludes. “To handle this, amongst others, humaneering will likely be an enormous focus for us.”
“We’re already working with many leaders globally in serving to them to design and produce customized merchandise – whether or not that’s in sport, healthcare or medication – and that is one thing we’re prone to concentrate on sooner or later.”
Dr. Langer will likely be awarded the Excellent Contribution to 3D Printing accolade on the 2019 3D Printing Trade Awards on Thursday June 6, 2019.
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