GKN Powder Metallurgy recently announced a strategic partnership with EOS for the industrialization of a new, high-productivity process for Laser metal 3D Printing which has reduced production time by 70 percent and overall cost by up to 50 percent. In a press release, the two companies outlined the technology's potential impact on metal part production:  

"We're thinking differently about what's possible in manufacturing; metal 3D printing and rapid prototyping have become a formidable part of our business," said Peter Oberparleiter, CEO of GKN Powder Metallurgy. "This collaboration makes laser metal 3D printing a viable long-term solution for manufacturers across the board that require fast delivery turnaround and could benefit from the high degree of design freedom that comes with Laser 3D printing. Our customers will be able to produce higher quality parts faster than ever before, with absolutely no tooling."

So far, additive manufacturing has been embraced by the automotive and industrial industries for rapid prototyping, but oftentimes, customers find the process cost prohibitive for producing parts at full-scale production. The combination of GKN's innovative metal powder, EOS StainlessSteel 316L VPro, and EOS's unique process and additive manufacturing expertise, make it possible to create a high-performance part designed for end-use at scale.

Read more about the partnership at gknpm.com.