RAPID 2016, Orlando, FL, May 19, 2016 - Dr. Hans J. Langer, founder and CEO of EOS GmbH, the global technology and quality leader for high-end Additive Manufacturing (AM) solutions, received the 2016 SME Additive Manufacturing Industry Achievement Award at RAPID 2016 in Orlando, on Thursday, May 19.
The award, established in 2008, is given to individuals who have made significant accomplishments that greatly impact the additive manufacturing industry. “RAPID is the authoritative industrial 3D-manufacturing event of the year," says Glynn Fletcher, president of EOS North America. “This SME award is a reflection of both Hans Langer's innovative spirit and the growth and technological advancements his company has made over the past 27 years."
Dr. Hans J. Langer founded EOS in 1989 and over the years developed the company into a market-leading pioneer in Additive Manufacturing. Today he is the major shareholder of the EOS Group, steering the company's strategic direction as Chief Executive Officer. Before founding EOS, he worked at the Max-Planck-Institute for plasma physics and received his Ph. D. with a thesis on laser technology from Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich.
Dr. Langer was ranked among the 20 most influential personalities in Additive Manufacturing by the British AM Magazine, TCT, in 2011. In 2008 he was awarded the Bavarian State Medal. His company has also received several important industry citations—among them are three German “Top 100" Innovation awards for medium-sized enterprises, two German “Bavaria's Best 50" awards and in 2015 the “Game Changer Award" by German Manager Magazin and Bain & Company.
EOS' latest advancements in AM include their compact EOS M 100 metal system and their EOSTATE MeltPool Monitoring technology. The latter is an automated, intelligent, real-time process that provides part traceability as well as surveillance and analysis of the melt pool during the Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS®) process—for every spot, every layer and every part—helping minimize risk and reduce quality assurance costs.
In other recent news, EOS has expanded their North American presence with the opening of their newest facility, located in Pflugerville, Texas. The site features a brand new iLab, containing all working EOS systems, and an AM Ventures department—created to help startups bring their ideas to market using EOS' additive manufacturing technology. The aim is to enhance customer support throughout the region.