EOS buys 3D printing startup Vulcan Labs: analysis and commentary – 3DPrint.com

The German company EOS has acquired Vulcan Labs and will integrate the startup into its Pflugerville activities to work on the Integra P 400. This brings a very experienced team of employees on board who have extensive experience in manufacturing with 3D printing. The Integra P 400 is a US developed machine and a very different beast from any other EOS hardware. The Integra is modular, easy to expand, easy to maintain and adaptable. This manufacturing machine should be expandable and expandable so that you can optimize it, for example, to produce insoles from TPU. The whole thing was built on a completely different technology stack in the States. While other EOS machines tend to be more standardized, this is more of an open affair for people who have new materials or want to make new manufacturing cases.

The Vulcan Labs team has countries with less experience in 3D printing.

It is very interesting that EOS is looking to develop an entirely new technology stack in the States, and even more interesting that they will redouble their efforts with this acquisition of Vulcan. The poignant detail is that Vulcan was itself a spin-off from Stratasys. Vulcan was to outsource Stratasys’ selective laser sintering (powder bed fusion) activities into a separate entity focused on manufacturing. That device is now in the hands of rival EOS. Stratasys is a major user of powder bed fusion technology for its Stratasys Direct Manufacturing unit. This move resets the competition in powder bed fusion as it looked like another player might pop into the powder bed fusion market for a while. If, in addition to EOS and 3D systems, a new player had offered competing technology, it would have given people interested in having more choices with PBF.

At the same time, EOS is helping to stand out from the emerging HSS technology. Primary inkjet company Xaar has partnered with Stratasys to commercialize HSS. It appears that Stratasys sold Vulcan to double Neil Hopkinson’s HSS, which may be a faster (but may not be as accurate) powder bed technology. Meanwhile, EOS appears to be using the more open Integra P400 system to stave off competition in sintering much more active 3D systems and to delay the rollout of HSS and HP Inkjet. Perhaps the Integra unit will also be outsourced? Or can the unit itself work with the US defense industry? Due to the foresight of Dr. Langer realizing the potentially harmful effects of 3D printing as a technology never made weapons. The more open system suitable for manufacturing the P400 system can be seen as an attempt to open up manufacturing while EOS ‘million laser diode technology is being developed. With such an experienced group on board, the Integra unit will certainly develop faster. It must also be noted that this move continues the EOS Group’s embrace with former rival DTM who made great high quality sintering systems decades ago. Perhaps it should come to Evonik to bring back Carl Deckard, one of the main inventors of selective laser sintering (SLS, PBF), to complete the reunification? After all, this team is still in Austin.

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This also continues EOS’s entry and renewed investments in the US market. EOS is moving the team to Pflugerville, where it is based and where companies like Dye Mansion (an EOS investment) and Essentium will be based. This is another coup for the suburb of Pflugerville in Austin, Texas, which is quickly becoming a location for 3D printing companies.

Glynn Fletcher, President of EOS North America, said:

“Additive manufacturing is advanced manufacturing and is not as simple as pushing a push button. With this sophistication, our work helps keep our customers productive and successful, and this sometimes requires non-standard solutions tailored to very specific applications. With this acquisition of top talent in the AM industry, we have now formed a fully dedicated engineering services group that focuses solely on these types of requirements. “

Fletcher also stated that

“With this acquisition we openly cracked the AM talent jackpot. In fact, it is rare to find such a pool of top technical talents who can immediately bring added value to our customers at such a high level. This acquisition shows our commitment to offer our customers the best possible support and at the same time to continuously challenge the market through internal and external disruptions. “

One of those very talented people is David Leigh, whom I interviewed once for an article for the 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing Journal. He was one of the first employees in the service bureau to really see the potential of manufacturing with 3D printing. With Digital Harvest he was a pioneer in the manufacture of drones and industrial goods and often relied heavily on selective laser sintering (powder bed fusion, SLS, LS). He has now been named Chief Operating Officer of EOS North America. He said that

“Industrial 3D printing is still relatively new, but it has evolved from theoretical to practical. As companies struggle to incorporate AM into their production chain, industry-leading experts like EOS will make the difference between struggle and success. This success requires an expert stable and a robust ecosystem of partners. Vulcan Labs expands the existing EOS know-how and sets us apart by offering our customers unique, high-quality solutions. “

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