Dr Hans J. Langer, founder and CEO of EOS (left) and Dr Peter Oberparleiter, CEO GKN Powder Metallurgy (right).
Dr Hans J. Langer, founder and CEO of EOS (left) and Dr Peter Oberparleiter, CEO GKN Powder Metallurgy (right).

Metal 3D printing giants GKN Powder Metallurgy and EOS plan to collaborate to scale up industrial additive manufacturing (AM) primarily for the automotive industry.

‘Metal AM has huge potential to shape the future of industrial manufacturing and its products, and elevating this to a new level,’ said Dr Peter Oberparleiter, CEO of GKN Powder Metallurgy. ‘EOS and GKN will take on this challenge together. We want to ensure that more and more companies recognize and use the potential of this innovative technology. At the same time, we want to considerably expand the areas of application with new materials by testing and ultimately using them in series production.’

‘The collaboration between GKN and EOS is another important step towards integrating industrial 3D printing into existing and future production lines and to leverage the benefits of AM technology for series production,’ said Dr Hans J. Langer, founder and CEO of EOS. ‘With GKN we have the right partner who offers a high degree of experience with its global presence and its high-performance production for the automotive industry.’

The companies now plan to run eight additional ‘AM Experience Days’ in Europe and North America in 2017 to show potential customers the potential of metal additive manufacturing.

This story is reprinted from material from EOS and GKN, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.