30 Years of EOS: With Passion for Industrial 3D Printing
Founded in 1989 by Dr. Hans J. Langer, EOS is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Initially used primarily for rapid prototyping, companies worldwide now leverage additive manufacturing increasingly to meet the needs of serial production.
11/04/2019 - With an installed base of nearly 3,500 industrial 3D printing systems, the German family-owned enterprise EOS is one of the world's leading supplier of systems for additive manufacturing (AM) solutions. Its path to success is characterized by a pioneering spirit, courage, and the strong motivation to improve people's lives through the use of the technology. When founding the company on April 24, 1989, Dr. Hans J. Langer had a clear vision: producing three-dimensional objects directly from CAD data using laser technology, for what was at the time, a new rapid prototyping market.
While the early phase of the enterprise was still dominated by stereolithography technology, since 1997 EOS has concentrated exclusively on laser sintering. This was a far-reaching decision at that time and the right strategy, as it turned out.
Systems, materials, processes, and software
A further success factor was that EOS was able to offer AM systems for processing both polymers and metals from an early stage, as well as the materials, processes, and software tailored to suit these systems for optimal results. In order to support companies even further in the use of AM technology, EOS founded its consulting unit Additive Minds in 2015. The more than 100 "Additive Minds" have successfully worked on over 300 customer projects.
EOS now has a total of more than 1,200 employees worldwide, while the team around Dr. Langer originally consisted of just four people. EOS is family-owned and independent, with a defined set of values that form the basis of its corporate culture.
A major goal that we are aiming to achieve in the coming years, is »the establishment of complete digital production platform«, as CEO Dr. Adrian Keppler explains. »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.«
As part of the EOS Ecosystem, EOS is ideally positioned for the future. Established and expanded over many years by Dr. Langer, the EOS Ecosystem is a multi-layered network of EOS investments, the company AM Ventures, and external partners, that supports promising start-ups.