GE Additive rebrands, EOS fights material waste and Markforged sets a reporting date for Q1 financials

Engineering.com round-up of recent 3D printing news.

GE Additive rebrands as Colibrium Additive

GE Additive is relaunching as Colibrium Additive – a GE Aerospace company.

Part of GE Aerospace’s Propulsion & Additive Technologies (PAT) division, Colibrium Additive, formerly GE Additive, was established in late 2016 as a manufacturer of industrial metal 3D printers, metal powders and a provider of industrial 3D printing services.

Colibrium Additive is a coined name, incorporating the words “collaborative” and “equilibrium,” and is intended to reflect the company’s expertise in delivering reliable and scalable manufacturing outcomes for customers.

“We were ready for a change. GE becoming three standalone companies provided an ideal opportunity to review our corporate identity,” said Shaun Wootton, head of communications at Colibrium Additive. “Our new name and brand identity are both modern and dynamic. Both were designed to reflect our focus and company values, the pace of change in the additive industry, while accruing to GE Aerospace’s overall brand identity,” he added.

As part of the brand transition both the Concept Laser and Arcam EBM legacy brands will be retired. Originally, the names of the two companies acquired by GE in November 2016 to form GE Additive, Concept Laser and Arcam EBM have most recently been used as product brands for Colibrium Additive’s printer portfolio.

AP&C, Colibrium Additive’s powder business, based in Montreal, Canada has also undergone a minor brand refresh with a new colour palette, a slightly adapted logo and new attribution line, “a Colibrium Additive business” to align with GE Aerospace’s brand architecture.

EOS Announces AlSi10Mg and VIRTUCYCLE Polymer Take-Back Program

German-based EOS has announced the addition of its EOS Aluminium AlSi10Mg to its Responsible Products portfolio alongside the launch of  VIRTUCYCLE – its global used polymer material take-back program to reduce material waste. As one of the largest AM original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the world, EOS is committed to minimizing the climate impact of manufacturing, and today’s announcement aims to expand on that commitment.

(Image: EOS)

(Image: EOS)

According to the company, EOS Aluminium AlSi10Mg is one of the most popular products in its portfolio. It now incorporates a minimum of 30% recycled feedstock achieving a 25% CO2 reduction compared to the prior formulation. Additionally, the new formulation maintains the same properties, characteristics, and performance in additively manufactured parts, helping ensure existing EOS Aluminium AlSi10Mg customers do not need to requalify applications. Specifications remain unchanged.

“Our commitment to offering responsible products that support AM production is growing to include our metal materials,” said Sophia Heyl, product specialist, metal materials at EOS. “We are striving to create carbon footprint transparency for our premium metal materials. These externally verified numbers are also providing transparency to our customers by including these materials in our Carbon Calculator, furthering sustainability initiatives for both our customers and for EOS.”

EOS has also partnered with Agiplast, an Arkema company, to offer its new VIRTUCYCLE program. According to the company, VIRTUCYCLE takes used polymer material and components, using 100% sustainably sourced energy to transform AM powder into recycled high-performance injection molding granules. To verify the positive impact of this circular economy program, EOS performed a life cycle analysis, externally verified by TÜV Süd, confirming 1kg of polymer material turned into 0.945 kg granules, saves approximately 7kg CO2e in comparison to raw material, with the mass difference stemming from losses in the process.

Markforged sets date for Q1 Financial Results

Massachusetts-based Markforged will release its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2024, after the market closes on Wednesday, May 8, 2024. The company will host a webcast and conference call at 5:00 PM ET on the same day to discuss the results.

Participants may access the earnings press release, related materials, and the audio webcast by visiting the investors section of the Markforged website.

To participate in the call, dial 1-877-407-9039 or 1-201-689-8470 ten minutes before the scheduled start.

For those unable to listen to the live conference call, a replay will be available on the company’s website and telephonically until Wednesday, May 22, 2024, 11:59 PM ET by dialing 1-844-512-2921 or 1-412-317-6671, passcode 13743011.