After unveiling a (virtual) model of their MetalFAB1 3D printer at formnext, Additive Industries has entered an agreement with SLS and DMLS manufacturer EOS to license their laser sintering technology. The history of laser sintering technology is complex, when it comes to patents and it is possible that, in order for Additive Industries to execute their automated metal 3D printing system, they would need access to EOS patents in order to continue without any major roadblocks. The actual details of the agreement were not disclosed, except to say that Additive Industries is now licensing select EOS patents, with the possibility of expanding that access in the future.
Daan Kersten, Co-founder and CEO of Additive Industries, says of the agreement, “For Additive Industries, as newcomer to the industrial additive manufacturing market, this partnership is an important step on our journey to take 3D metal printing from lab to fab. Together we can expand this new production technology from the prototyping domain to the factories of the future.”
Mike Shellabear, Director of IP and Technical Support at EOS, contributed, “We welcome the patent licence agreement with Additive Industries as it confirms the attractiveness of the AM process for industrial use. In addition to this, the agreement is in line with EOS’ strategy to license our IP to other companies in this industry.”
With this deal, Additive Industries should be able to continue their work on the MetalFAB1 unhindered. If so, their machine, meant for high-productivity and unprecedented quality control could contribute to an upcoming era of serial additive manufacturing, opening the doors to mass customization.