GF Machining Solutions Enters 3D Printing Market Via Strategic Agreement with EOS

The move mark's the later company's formal entrance into the additive manufacturing market.

EOS, the global technology and market leader for high-end Additive Manufacturing (AM) solutions, has entered into a strategic cooperation with GF Machining Solutions, the Swiss based industrial company GF (Georg Fischer), Schaffhausen.

The two companies have agreed to focus on the mold and die sector. They will develop exclusive solutions for mold makers, a market in which GF holds a leading position thanks to its EDM, high speed milling and automation technologies.

The additive manufacturing technology offers for such customers the possibility to generate metal inserts featuring cooling close to the surface, thus allowing for a shorter mold cooling sequence and therefore a much faster plastic injection cycle.

GF and EOS will undertake the integration of the additive manufacturing machines into the production process of mold inserts, including the necessary software and automation link with downstream machine-tools and measuring devices.

“The cooperation allows us to increase the value for customers by integrating conventional and additive technologies. This is a large step towards seamless production and we join forces with a strong and experienced partner.” says EOS founder and CEO, Dr. Hans J. Langer.

“We welcome very much this strategic partnership”, says GF CEO Yves Serra. “GF and EOS complement each other very well to offer the large customer base of GF Machining Solutions a unique set of technologies.”