From left to right: Pascal Boillat, Head of GF Machining Solutions with Dr. Hans J. Langer, Founder and CEO EOS Group in front of an EOS M 290 metal Additive Manufacturing system (source: EOS)Click image to enlarge

EOS, a supplier of additive manufacturing (AM) solutions, has entered into a strategic cooperation with GF Machining Solutions, the Swiss based industrial company GF (Georg Fischer), Schaffhausen, to offer customers innovative solutions combining both companies’ technologies.

The two companies have agreed to focus on the mould and die sector. They will develop exclusive solutions for mould makers, a market GF supplies with EDM, high speed milling and automation technologies.

The additive manufacturing technology offers customers the possibility to generate metal inserts featuring cooling close to the surface, thus allowing for a shorter mould 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," says EOS founder and CEO Dr. Hans J. Langer. "This is a large step towards seamless production and we join forces with a strong and experienced partner.” 

“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.”

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