Cooksongold AM in Partnership with ITA, EOS GmbH, and AMPS GmbH to Revolutionize Glass Fiber Industry

June 29 2020

Cooksongold AM and Sempsa JP, part of the Heimerle + Meule Group, informed that they are working to innovate glass fiber production by 3D printing (also known as Additive Manufacturing) the tip plates of bushings made from precious metal. Working in partnership with the Institut fur Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University, short ITA, and EOS GmbH, short EOS, Cooksongold AM have produced a full-size tip plate from a platinum/rhodium alloy that has successfully passed its initial production trials at Johns Manville in Slovakia.

To facilitate this ‘revolution’ Advanced Manufacturing Process Solutions GmbH, short AMPS, has been established. It will act as a ‘technology showcase’ for the entire new manufacturing process chain as well as provide R&D and prototyping services. A ‘cost-sharing’ environment, free of intellectual property, sits above individual research and development ‘cells’, where all the commercially sensitive work takes place. This novel way of collaboration is identifying innovation that will continue to advance glass fiber production beyond recognition over the next decade.

As a result of this unique approach to worldwide technology implementation, the members of the collaboration were awarded the ‘JEC Composites Magazine Special Prize’ online for the first time due to recent global health crises, recognizing the true potential for AM within the glass fiber industries.

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