Krailling, Germany: EOS, the world’s leading technology supplier in the field of industrial 3D printing of metals and polymers, appoints Güngör Kara as Chief Digital Officer (CDO). As an expert in industrial 3D printing and innovation, he leads the business area of Digitalisation and the EOS consulting arm, Additive Minds—a team of engineers, technical consultants, and experts in digitalisation techniques.
Additive Minds provides end-to-end support to multinational enterprises and innovative start-ups in the area of industrial 3D—from comprehensive knowledge transfer, and application consulting, to the development of a digital production.
Dr Adrian Keppler, EOS chief executive officer and Speaker of Corporate Management commented on the appointment: “We are very happy that Mr. Kara is now taking on the newly created role of CDO.”
He added: “In recent years, he has successfully built up our consulting unit Additive Minds, which offers services that are unique to the market and provides active support to companies in building knowledge and implementing 3D printing successfully within an organisation. In this way, our technology is already making fundamental changes to companies.”
Industrial 3D printing has now matured from a technology for rapid prototyping into one for serial production. During this development process, additive manufacturing facilitates the optimisation of supply chains and the production of highly innovative components. During the next wave, industrial 3D printing will become one of key enablers for disruptive components and an end-to-end digital production.
Güngör Kara, Chief Digital Officer at EOS stated: “Digital transformation—with industrial 3D printing as one of the central drivers—will fundamentally change entire value chains for companies in the future.”
He goes on to say: “We see ourselves as catalysts and technical consultants for innovative companies. We support them in successfully mastering digital change processes—from digital smart factories for industrial 3D printing all the way to additively manufactured ‘intelligent’ components. Under the keyword ‘3IGITAL’ we are already tapping the next technological dimension for the future: intelligent components—additively produced by a digitalised production cell—for smart applications.”
3IGITAL: intelligent components
Today, additively produced components are meeting requirements from a wide variety of industries to generate substantial added value. Next step will be to expand the advantages of additively produced components, for example by integrating sensors to create intelligent components. The goal: Completely integrated data generation and sensor systems, which turn additively produced components into smart applications that are highly tailored to customer-specific requirements.
3IGITAL: digitalised production
Once the intelligent component has been defined, a next step will be the integration of additive production into the digital factories of the future. The goal: highly flexible and adaptable digital production that combines industrial 3D printing with conventional production technologies in existing and still-to-be-constructed production environments.
3IGITAL: intelligent, digitally produced components for smart applications
The component data is now available from design to production, to the ‘intelligent’ part and can be collected throughout the life cycle of the component. We have a resultant chain of innovation comprised of intelligent components produced in a digitalised 3D printing production chain.
In their later area of application, these parts will provide valuable information that can be used to improve both the production chain and the component design. This opens up completely new perspectives for end-to-end linking of the design, production, and utilisation of the component, permitting continuous optimisation. This can result efficiency gains beyond the boundaries of the company, resulting in changes in entire value chains. In other words, the future of manufacturing is not only linked digitally and additively. Above all, it is integrated.