The acquisition will help EOS augment R&D, deliver custom solutions, and drive commercialization of its 3D printing platforms
EOS, the world’s leading technology supplier in the field of industrial 3D printing of metals and polymers, announced in an official release that it has acquired Vulcan Labs to expand its bench of additive manufacturing (AM) experts in powder bed fusion technology, an additive manufacturing technology which fuses powdered material to additively create/build 3D objects.
Vulcan Labs was formed by Stratasys in April last year as a new spin-off to advance innovation of Powder-Bed Fusion (PBF) additive manufacturing. The company had established Vulcan Labs to meet the complex demands of end-use production applications with an aim to overcome the challenges in AM such as deficiencies of productivity, quality, and certification.
The acquisition of Vulcan Labs by EOS will now help EOS bring decades of industry experience into both EOS’ technical center in Pflugerville, Texas, and its ALM materials research and production facility in Temple, Texas, further strengthening its ability to ensure customer success in industrial 3D printing.
Offering details of how the acquisition of Vulcan Labs will help accelerate the growth of EOS, Glynn Fletcher, President of EOS North America said, “Additive manufacturing is advanced manufacturing and it is not as easy as simply pushing a print button. With that sophistication, our job becomes helping ensure our customers are productive and successful, and that sometimes requires non-standard solutions, customized to very specific applications,”
“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.” 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,” added Fletcher.
In addition to the new engineering services group, other former Vulcan Labs engineers have been charged with helping lead the further development and commercialization of the new Integra P 400 polymer 3D printer – a flexible and easily serviceable platform designed for the production of high-quality, mid-temperature AM applications.
Launched in December last year, the Integra P 400 is engineered and manufactured in Texas and is currently available only in North America. The recently launched Integra P 400 polymer has already seen orders from nearly a dozen organizations
Former Vulcan Labs CEO and industry veteran, David Leigh, who will now play the role of Chief Operating Officer at EOS North America said, “The time is perfect to join EOS and Vulcan Labs,” said Leigh. “Industrial 3D printing is still relatively new, but it 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.”