The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG; Milwaukee, WI) has named Dr. Hans J. Langer, founder and former CEO of EOS GmbH and now the CEO and chairman of EOS GROUP (both in Krailling, Germany), as the recipient of its Innovators Award. AMUG bestows this award on those who have cultivated innovative ideas that in turn have advanced the additive manufacturing industry.
The Innovators Award will be presented at the 2020 AMUG Conference (to take place March 22–26 in Chicago, IL) following Dr. Langer’s onstage appearance during the conference’s Innovators Showcase. Previous recipients include technology creators Chuck Hull, Scott Crump, and Carl Deckard, the inventors of stereolithography, fused deposition modeling, and selective laser sintering, respectively, as well as Fried Vancraen, founder of Materialise, and Gideon Levy of Technology Turn Around.
Carl Dekker, AMUG president, said, “Hans’ journey in additive manufacturing is an interesting tale that begins with him capitalizing on an opportunity created by the possibilities that others’ had rejected. He built on that to bring the world new solutions in stereolithography, polymer laser sintering, and direct-metal laser sintering and to develop an ecosystem of companies supplying end-to-end solutions to industry. With his background and lengthy list of achievements, he is an excellent addition to the exemplary list of recipients of the Innovators Award.”
Dr. Langer is the CEO and chairman of the EOS GROUP, which comprises EOS GmbH, Additive Manufacturing Customized Machines (AMCM), Additive Manufacturing Metals (AM Metals), Metal for Printing (M4P), Advanced Laser Materials (ALM), and Kunststoff Vertrieb Dr. Schiffers (KVS). In his role, he oversees the strategic alignment of the EOS GROUP of companies.
In 1989, Dr. Langer founded EOS GmbH with the vision to produce 3D objects directly from CAD data using laser technology. With a pioneering spirit and an in-depth knowledge of market requirements, Dr. Langer expanded the company into an independent and world-leading manufacturer of high-end solutions in the field of additive manufacturing.
Prior to the founding of EOS, Dr. Langer was active in research at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (Garching, Germany) and managing director at General Scanning. He studied physics at the Technical University of Munich and was awarded a Ph.D. in Laser Technology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich in 1980.
On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, Dr. Langer will take the stage for a casual, relaxed interview during the AMUG Conference. In this Innovators Showcase, he will respond to questions asked by the host and conference attendees with the intent of getting to know the man behind the innovations and gaining guidance from his experiences. The Innovators Showcase is unique in that it is structured to be an intimate conversation between two acquaintances that is witnessed by over 2000 conference attendees.
For more information about the AMUG Conference and to register, please visit amug.com.
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