No false modesty: We at GKN Sinter Metals are at the forefront of trends and innovation. We have a clear vision of what’s to come – and we’d like to share and discuss our points of view, ideas, plans and achievements with you.


Rapid prototyping enabled by Additive Manufacturing, high-density storage of hydrogen in metal hydride tanks: the team at GKN Sinter Metals is bringing game-changing technologies to life. We’ll keep you updated on the latest trends and applications.

Behind the Scenes

People – Products – Processes. We’ll take you behind the scenes of these three main pillars of GKN Sinter Metals and give you insights into our way of creating innovations – always from a very personal perspective.


Dr. Simon Hoeges

Additive Manufacturing

Creating future solutions within strong and inspiring teams

I fully expect this blog will develop and grow and become a potentially endless source of new inspirations and innovations for the whole community. In short, the perfect place for an R&D guy like me to spend some time.

I’m Simon Höges – compared to many of my colleagues, a relative newcomer at GKN, having joined the company in 2014. As Manager Additive Manufacturing (AM), I’m responsible for R&D within different AM technologies and I coordinate all AM technical aspects in our Innovation Center in Radevormwald.

After studying physics I completed my PhD in the medical applications of Additive Manufacturing in 2010. I started my industry career at BEGO in R&D, focusing on the use of AM to produce dental products in individualized series production. I have a degree in physics and a PhD in mechanical engineering from RWTH Aachen University.

Come spend time with us on our blog, be part of making it a hub of technical exchange and excellence.

Find me on:

GKN and Porsche Engineering: Growing metal AM for new e-drive powertrain applications

Today’s automotive manufacturers are faced with the ever-increasing demand of improving vehicle efficiency. Manufacturers have tackled the problem from all angles: reducing weight, creating more...

Additive Manufacturing

EDUCATIONAL AM: Increasing productivity with Rapid Tooling

After exploring Rapid Prototyping in our latest ‘Educational AM’ series post, we are now facing the topic Rapid Tooling. Rapid Tooling is the generic term for effective tool-making, using modern...

Additive Manufacturing Technologies

6 Unique Benefits Of Selective Laser Melting

Selective laser melting is an additive production technique which makes 3D printing of metal parts possible. The prerequisite for printing is that the desired material is in fine powder form, and...

Additive Manufacturing News

Pioneering Additive Manufacturing in metal powder materials development

One of the most exciting aspects of Metal Additive Manufacturing is that we have nearly limitless possibilities ahead of us. We can tap a virtual treasure trove of materials to optimize our AM...


Additive Industries and GKN: A Perfect Match for Metal Additive Manufacturing

Just four months ago, GKN Sinter Metals became the first automotive supplier in the world to begin series production with 3D printing – thanks to the MetalFAB1 AM machine from Additive Industries....

AM Video: Answers to your questions

Metal Additive Manufacturing – when future becomes reality

Here at GKN, we have proven that Metal AM is an innovative technology that can already be used intensively at this very moment in time and will be significant for the future. However, a customer...

The beginning of a whole new era in Metal AM

Not in my wildest dreams… after just two and a half years at GKN Sinter Metals, yesterday I was able to celebrate the official start of production of the MetalFAB1 with my team in Radevormwald.

Dream or real opportunity?

Five questions to Dr. Simon Hoeges, Advanced Technology Manager Additive Manufacturing at GKN Sinter Metals, about Additive Manufacturing in the Automotive Industry: