Metal Laser Melting

Trumpf, EOS Enter into Cross-License
Agreement on Metal Laser Melting

The TRUMPF Group and EOS have entered into a cross-license agreement with each granting the other party licenses to their patent portfolios for direct metal laser melting, a variation of EOS’s direct metal laser sintering.

In the process of direct metal laser melting, metal powder free of binder or fluxing agent is fully melted by a scanning laser beam to build up three-dimensional objects with properties of the original material. The direct metal laser sintering technology by EOS complements Trumpf’s direct metal laser melting. The new technology of direct metal laser melting is expected to broaden the application of rapid manufacturing.

Hans J. Langer, CEO of EOS, explains: “This agreement is a good example of how patents can be used to benefit innovative manufacturers and also technology users. The investments EOS has made over the years in technical innovation, as well as the acquisition of patent rights, has put us in a position where we can multiply the benefits through cross-licensing.

“For EOS this agreement brings a further strengthening of our technology position by the acquisition of additional patent rights and know-how from TRUMPF. The market benefits from two companies which invest their resources together in developing new and improved technologies.”

Professor Berthold Leibinger, president of Trumpf, says: “The combination of our core competencies in laser and machine tool manufacturing has led to new solutions, constant growth and continuous innovation. In this sense, we are convinced that there is a great market potential for direct metal laser melting.”

Leibinger continues, “By consolidating two already strong patent portfolios this agreement establishes a considerable intellectual property basis from which advanced technologies can be developed.”

Construction to Start Soon on
HYX Technical Center in Shanghai

Construction is slated to begin this October on HYX‘s new Technical Center in Shanghai. The facility, located in the the Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone of the city’s booming Pudong district, is projected to open in mid-2003. The new center will serve as HYX’s Asia-Pacific headquarters and will complement its existing East Asian technical centers in Sydney, Singapore, and Yokohama.

The state-of-the-art 52,000-ft² facility will offer customers product demonstrations, a bottle development center, PET mold refurbishing, hot runner manufacturing, and spare-parts distribution.

“Shanghai is a strategic location for us, and our new Shanghai Technical Center here will be our Asia hub,” says Marcus Sutch, president of Husky Asia. “It will significantly increase our ability to offer localized service in the region as it moves us physically closer to our key customers.”

Sutch continues, “The Shanghai Technical Center reinforces our commitment to the Asian market. It enhances our ability to keep our customers in the lead by offering the industry’s best service and support.”

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