EOS and 3D-Micromac have joined forces to start a new company, 3D MicroPrint, to advance the development and commercialisation of Micro Laser Sintering (MLS) technology and to establish more solutions in the field of micro technology. 3D-Micromac and EOS have been developing the MLS technology together since 2006,and the first system successfully began operation at a German research institute during this year.
Joachim Göbner, formerly the project head of MLS at EOS and head of the technical centre Chemnitz, and Tino Petsch, CEO of 3D-Micromac, were appointed as business managers of 3D MicroPrint. The company moved into new premises on the Smart Systems Campus in Chemnitz, Germany in order to expand production space as well as development and service capacities.
Dr. Hans J. Langer, founder and CEO of EOS said: ‘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.’
Tino Petsch, CEO of 3D-Micromac added: ‘The current 3D printing hype shows that our investment in the development of Micro Laser Sintering systems was exactly right. Together we now offer a trend-setting solution that opens up new approaches in product development and manufacturing for our customers.’
Micro Laser Sintering is an Additive Manufacturing technology. Based on digital 3D design data parts a build from metal powders, layer by layer, using a laser beam. The process is also known as industrial 3D printing.