Germany-based 3D-Micromac, a provider of laser micromachining systems, and fellow German company EOS, which makes additive manufacturing systems, have come together to form new company 3D MicroPrint.
The companies say that 3D MicroPrint has been created to advance the development and commercialisation of Micro Laser Sintering technology (MLS) and to identify and establish more solutions in the field of micro technology.
Target applications for the technology include nozzles for the automotive industry, components for medical devices and jewellery.
The companies highlight that there is also a growing demand for micro parts in mould-making and aerospace.
Dr Hans J. Langer, founder and CEO of EOS, said: “Demand for very small parts which are difficult to manufacture using conventional processes is rising tremendously. MLS provides solutions for three major trends: individualisation, functional integration and miniaturisation.”
3D-Micromac and EOS have been developing MLS jointly since 2006 and the first system began operation at a German research institute earlier this year.