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ACEO now offers full range of Shore A hardness for silicone 3D printing

New GP 50 Shore A material closes last gap

ACEO, WACKER’s brand for its 3D printing with silicones services, is now offering a full range of Shore A hardness including 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 Shore A. The ACEO Silicone GP 50 Shore A is a brand new material that closes the gap of ACEO‘s 3D print service portfolio.

Like all ACEO’s silicone GP materials, the 50 Shore A version is a real silicone elastomer and provides proven quality that can be used in high-performance applications, in typical silicone industries such as automotive, aerospace & aviation, healthcare, machines & equipment, electronics and lifestyle. The new material option is available in all standard colors. All ACEO Silicone GP materials can be used for multi-material printing, in any combination.

GP 50 Shore A
(Photo: WACKER)

With 3D printing labs in the US and in Germany, the ACEO platform was developed specifically for printing silicone elastomers, making it something of a unique technology in the AM sector. The first ACEO Open Print Lab was established in 2017 in Burghausen, Germany. The facility (and the new U.S.-based one) aims to help customers explore and understand the potential of 3D printing with silicones—a still niche segment in AM.

More recently, WACKER announced a new and improved version of its ACEO 3D printing technology for silicone rubber at the K 2019 International Trade Fair for Plastics and Rubber. The new 3D printer—the ACEO Imagine Series K2—integrates a range of new features and capabilities, including printing up to four different silicone materials simultaneously.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, I have built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, I spent 12 years in the United States, where I received my Bachelor of Arts undergraduate degree. As a journalist covering the tech industry - especially the videogame industry - for over 10 years, I began covering the AM industry specifically in 2013, as blogger. In 2016 I co-founded London-based 3D Printing Business Media Ltd. (now 3dpbm) which operates in marketing, editorial, and market analysis & consultancy services for the additive manufacturing industry. 3dpbm publishes 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies related to 3DP, and leading news and insights websites 3D Printing Media Network and Replicatore. I am also a Senior Analyst for leading US-based firm SmarTech Analysis focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets.

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