Concept Laser is a company specializing in the production of metal 3D printing equipment for industrial applications. 2000 was the year Concept Laser GmbH was founded. In the meantime, Concept Laser has become one of the world’s leading manufacturers of 3D systems. Since 2016, the company has been part of GE Additive, a division of General Electric, a leading global industrial company.
The Californian company Hewlett-Packard is one of the largest manufacturers of PCs, laptops, tablets and printers. The US company, founded in 1939, now also offers 3D printers. The cost-effective printers are suitable for small or medium-sized projects in the field of product development, but also for design companies or universities. The multi-jet process developed by HP Multi-Jet technology is a laserless additive 3D printing process that works with so-called agents.
EOS (Electro Optical Systems) is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of various high-end solutions in the field of additive manufacturing. Both 3D printers for the use of various plastics and different 3D printable metals can be found in the company’s product portfolio. EOS offers the printing equipment as well as the required basic materials as well as the corresponding software for the three-dimensional creation of the digital calculated print data. The equipment, all intended for industrial use, complies with the latest quality and safety requirements.
3D-Systems, based in South Carolina, was founded in 1986. The company develops and sells 3D printers worldwide. The product range is broad – the technologies range from three-dimensional printing with plastics to metals. The company is particularly distinguished in the field of stereolithography and associated software and file formats, as the founder of the company is also the developer and patent holder of the SLA (stereolithography) process.
Trumpf GmbH & Co. KG, headquartered near Stuttgart, Germany, is a company that offers machine tools worldwide. Since 2015, Trumpf has been expanding its range of systems with a view to the future project for the digitalization of industrial production, Industry 4.0, with a focus on 3D printing systems that work with powder bed-based laser melting (LMF; also SLM: Selective Laser Melting) and generative laser cladding (LMD). Trumpf has been a manufacturer of additive manufacturing solutions for more than 20 years.
Arcam is a Swedish company that has specialized in solutions for the 3D production of metal components since its foundation in 1997. The focus is particularly on solutions for industries such as orthopedic implantation technology and aerospace. Arcam is the patent holder of the so-called EBM (Electron Beam Melting) technology. The beam process takes place in a vacuum at high temperatures, which results in low material stress on the end product.
The Bielefeld-based company Gildemeister, which became DMG Mori in 2011 through cooperation agreements with the Japanese company Mori Seiki, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of machine tools. DMG Mori is the world market leader in CNC-controlled (Computerized Numerical Control) 5-axis milling machines. The machines in the field of additive manufacturing for metal objects and components are based on the SLM powder bed and LMD powder nozzle processes. DMG Mori thus combines two important additive processes of 3D printing.