SME, for over 80 years a leader in promoting advanced manufacturing and developing the workforce, announced its Additive Manufacturing Community Awards at the 26th annual RAPID Conference & Exposition in Orlando.
Hans Langer, PhD, founder and CEO of EOS GmbH, the global technology and quality leader for high-end additive manufacturing solutions, received the 2016 SME Additive Manufacturing Industry Achievement Award.
“This award is a recognition of Dr. Langer’s technical innovations and the widespread impact his company has had on the additive manufacturing industry since its start in 1989,” said Jason Jones, PhD, chair of SME’s Additive Manufacturing Community.
Langer is a major pioneer in the additive manufacturing industry. He was ranked among the 20 most influential personalities in additive manufacturing by the British additive manufacturing magazine, “TCT,” in 2011. In 2008, Langer was awarded the Bavarian State Medal. His company has also received several important industry citations — among them are three German “Top 100” Innovation awards for medium-sized enterprises, two German “Bavaria’s Best 50” awards, and in 2015, the “Game Changer Award” by German “Manager” magazine and Bain & Co.
Nominations for the award come from previous winners, as well as SME’s Additive Manufacturing Community advisors. SME’s Additive Manufacturing Community promotes and showcases innovative additive manufacturing technologies as well as works closely with industry and academia to take manufacturing to a new level through their adoption.