GF Machining Solutions, a Swiss-based machine tool company, and EOS, a German additive manufacturing (AM) company, announced on Friday that the two companies have entered into a strategic cooperation agreement bringing the technological expertise of both companies together to develop innovative solutions for mold and die customers.
AM technology offers mold and die makers an opportunity to generate metal inserts featuring cooling close to the surface, thus allowing for a shorter mold cooling sequence and a much faster plastic injection cycle time, according to a news release on the GF Machining Solutions website. GF and EOS reportedly will work to integrate AM technology into the production process of mold inserts, including the necessary software and automation link with downstream machine tools and measuring devices.
"We welcome very much this strategic partnership," said GF CEO Yves Serra. "GF and EOS complement each other very well to offer the large customer base of GF Machining Solutions a unique set of technologies."
Added Dr. Hans J. Langer, EOS founder and CEO: "The cooperation allows us to increase the value for customers within the mold and die sector, by integrating conventional and additive technologies. This is a large step towards seamless production and we join forces with a strong and experienced partner."
The first solutions will be shown at the EMO 2015, set for early October in Milan.