14 Feb 2019
AM addition to deliver custom solutions, support R&D and help commercialize EOS 3D platforms.EOS, a developer of industrial 3D printing systems for metals and polymers, has announced its acquisition of Vulcan Labs – expanding its bench of additive manufacturing (AM) experts in powder bed fusion technology. Terms of the deal were not revealed.
The new Vulcan Labs team members bring decades of industry experience into both EOS' technical center in Pflugerville, Texas, and its ALM materials research and production facility in Temple, Texas, strengthening its ability to ensure customer success in industrial 3D printing.
Vulcan Labs was a powder bed fusion AM spin-off (in April, 2018) from Stratasys, based in Eden Prairie, MN, US, a developer of applied additive technology solutions.
Glynn Fletcher, president of EOS North America, commented, “Additive manufacturing is not as easy as simply pushing a print button. Our job is helping ensure our customers are productive and successful, and that sometimes requires non-standard solutions, customized to very specific applications.
“With this acquisition of top AM industry talent, we have now formed an entirely dedicated engineering services group solely focused on these types of requirements."
In addition to the new engineering services group, other former Vulcan Labs engineers have been tasked with helping lead the further development and commercialization of the EOS’s Integra P 400 polymer 3D printer – a platform designed for the production of high-quality, mid-temperature AM applications.
Launched in December 2018 and currently available only in North America, the Integra P 400 is engineered and manufactured in Texas and has already seen orders from nearly a dozen organizations.
Former Vulcan Labs CEO and industry veteran, David Leigh, will now serve in the role of chief operating officer at EOS North America. “The time is perfect to join EOS and Vulcan Labs," said Leigh.
“Industrial 3D printing has moved from the theoretical to the practical. As organizations wrestle to integrate AM into their production chain, industry-leading experts like EOS are what will make the difference between struggle or success. That success requires a stable of experts and a robust ecosystem of partners. Vulcan Labs augments existing EOS know-how and sets us apart bringing unique, high-value solutions to our customers."
Added Fletcher: “With this acquisition, we have frankly struck the AM talent jackpot. It is rare, indeed, to find such a pool of top technical talent that can immediately bring value to our customers at such a high-level. This acquisition illustrates our commitment to providing the best support for our customers, while continuously challenging the market through internal and external disruption."