Dec.9, 2013

EOS, additive manufacturing specialist and 3D-Micromac AG in Chemnitz, a laser micromachining systems provider, has set up a new joint-venture company to bring their respective technological know-how in the area Micro Laser Sintering (MLS), an Additive Manufacturing technology. Based on digital 3D design data, MLS uses a laser to build up small parts from metal powders, layer by layer.

The new company, called 3D MicroPrint GmbH, will target applications include nozzles for the automotive industry, components for medical devices or the individualisation of jewellery. Aside from that, a growing demand for micro-parts can be observed in the areas of mould-making and aerospace technology.

3D-Micromac AG and EOS GmbH have been developing the Micro Laser Sintering technology together since 2006. The first system successfully began operation at a German research institute already in this year.

Dr. Hans J. Langer, founder and CEO of EOS GmbH remarks: "Demand for very small parts which are difficult to manufacture using conventional processes is rising tremendously. Micro Laser Sintering provides solutions for three major trends: individualisation, functional integration, and miniaturisation."

Joachim Göbner, formerly project head MLS at EOS and head of the technical centre Chemnitz, adds: "Working with layer thicknesses of ≤ 5 µm, focus diameters of ≤ 30 µm and powder particle size of ≤ 5 µm, the MLS technology opens up new dimensions. With MLS it is even possible to produce moveable component assemblies."

Joachim Göbner and Tino Petsch, CEO of 3D-Micromac, were appointed as business managers of 3D MicroPrint. The company's headquarters is located in Chemnitz. 3D MicroPrint has already moved into new premises on the Chemnitz Smart Systems Campus. The new location brings a major expansion of production space. Development and service capacities are also being expanded.

 

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