Henkel and EnvisionTEC Collaborate to Drive the Next Level of Additive Manufacturing
To further drive the adoption of 3D Printing technologies beyond prototyping to final parts production, Henkel is partnering with EnvisionTEC, Dearborn, MI, a leading global provider of professional-grade 3D printing solutions. The companies will collaborate to align Henkel´s materials expertise with EnvisionTEC´s printer technology. The partners will showcase selected 3D printed parts for the medical and manufacturing sectors during the upcoming Rapid + TCT conference from May 21 to 23.
Henkel aims to further drive additive manufacturing towards the mass production of functional parts across various industries and offers an open materials platform for manufacturers of 3D printers and system providers. As a central element the company has launched differentiated next-generation resins under the well-known Loctite brand during the Formnext in November 2018.
Through its new open access program, EnvisionTEC collaborated to certify Henkel´s materials for use on its 3D printers and align the Loctite materials portfolio to the EnvisionTEC printer solutions. Henkel will include EnvisonTEC’s continuous Digital Light Manufacturing (cDLM) technology platform into its broad 3D printing ecosystem and will leverage the new solutions to its customer base across more than 800 industry segments.
“We aim to further expand our open materials approach and have identified EnvisionTEC´s innovative cDLM technology as excellent fit for our high-performance materials,” explained Philipp Loosen, Head of 3D Printing at Henkel. “The partnership has a huge potential to leverage a wide range of our resin portfolio for use in additive mass production. Together we have already printed novel parts for the medical and manufacturing sectors strongly demonstrating the performance of our materials. We will extend the collaboration for novel 3D printing solutions into other industry segments soon.”
EnvisionTEC has successfully used Henkel´s Loctite Silicone Elastomeric resins for 3D printed orthodontic indirect bonding trays and molds for injection molding. Both companies will showcase these demo parts at the upcoming Rapid + TCT show in Detroit.
“We are really excited to have Henkel as our open access collaborator. We believe that their material portfolio, customer intimacy, and commitment to driving real applications into scale aligns well with our companies´ mission of changing the way things are made,” added Al Siblani, CEO of EnvisionTEC.