Founded in 2000 by Frank Herzog in the picturesque Bavarian town of Lichtenfels, Concept Laser develops and manufactures AM equipment and plant technology for industries as diverse as aerospace, automotive, toolmaking, and medical and dental equipment. The privately-held company has won multiple awards for innovation in recent years.
Its patented LaserCUSING process, which is used “to create high-precision mechanically- and thermally-resilient metallic components,” is in high demand, for example. It has enjoyed muscular sales growth since 2014, reporting a 54 per cent boost in sales from 2014 to 2015 and posting record figures in the first half of 2016, as sales soared to 88 per cent compared to the same period in 2015.
GE describes itself as a leading end-user and innovator in the 3D printing field. It has invested some $1.5bn (€1.4bn) in additive technologies and has developed AM applications across six GE businesses. The U.S. group has committed to investing significantly in the Lichtenfels site, which will remain Concept Laser’s headquarters while also becoming a new German center for GE.
David Joyce, GE vice-chairman and CEO of GE Aviation, describes Herzog and his team as “true pioneers in metal laser melting technology,” and has stressed GE’s commitment to “enhancing Concept Laser’s technologies and product offerings.”