EOS GmbH, headquartered in Krailling, Germany, has acquired a stake in Metalpine GmbH, a metal powder manufacturer based in Graz, Austria, with the aim of jointly developing innovative and sustainable metal powders. Utilising Metalpine’s atomisation technology, along with the material, process and system development competence of EOS, the partners are said to be well positioned to offer sustainable and economically efficient powder products for Additive Manufacturing.
Metalpine’s atomisation technology, specially designed for industrial AM, makes it possible to produce new types of powder with optimum efficiency. The company’s recently opened production centre in Graz, produces highly spherical metal powders from a very wide range of metals and metal alloys, including copper, steel, nickel-based alloys, titanium, molybdenum and tungsten.
“The technology and the team at Metalpine excited us from the very first moment,” stated Sascha Rudolph, senior vice president EOS Metal Materials at EOS. “We can now offer our customers even more powerful and sustainable solutions in the interplay between our industrial 3D printing process and the metal powder production used for this purpose.”
“The Metalpine process enables a whole new dimension of flexibility and is consistently geared towards the application field of 3D printing,” he continued. “The systems are particularly compact, can be quickly set up for new materials and are so low in emissions that they can also be operated in metropolitan areas without hesitation. We see a lot of common development potential and look forward to working with a highly motivated and professional team.”
Andreas Rohrseitz, the owner of the HTM-Invest group, commented, “We see the future collaboration with EOS as a confirmation of many years of research in the field of metal powder production for Additive Manufacturing. The process, which was developed by Dr. Martin Dopler and his team at the research site in Niklasdorf, combines the highest product quality with the lowest resource consumption.”
Gerald Pöllmann, CEO of Metalpine, added, “The industrialised production process produces uniquely spherical, non-porous and virtually satellite-free metal powder. We are very happy to be able to convert our materials into outstanding components through the joint work with the competent EOS team and to make the future of Additive Manufacturing more sustainable.”
The common goal of both partners is to offer their customers further application possibilities for AM, as well as more sustainable powder products. At the same time, this partnership is said to contribute to the corporate purpose of sustainable manufacturing introduced by EOS.