In order to expand its footprint in the automotive industry, established SLS experts EOS has partnered with GKN Powder Metallurgy to create a new high-productivity process for laser metal 3D Printing.
The combination of GKN’s metal powder, EOS StainlessSteel 316L VPro, and EOS’s additive manufacturing expertise make it possible to create a high-performance parts designed for end-use at scale, reportedly reducing production time by 70 per cent and overall cost by up to 50 per cent.
We were looking for a strong partner with a high level of expertise in the field of steels and typical industry grade materials combined with a proven track record of further industrialising technologies together with customer applications,” said EOS CEO Dr. Adrian Keppler.
“We found a perfect partner in GKN Powder Metallurgy. Based on this partnership, our customers will benefit from higher build speeds and lower material costs resulting in significantly optimized cost per part. This is going to lower the entry barrier and will enable completely new application fields.”
In addition to this metals news, EOS has also announced its future technology project LaserProFusion for polymer 3D printing, seen as an alternative to injection moulding thanks to what it calls million diode laser melting.