Desktop Metal’s post-SPAC shopping and expansion spree does’t seem to be ending soon. After photopolymeric 3D printing leader EnvisionTEC and launching the Forust service for sustainable wood 3D printed products, Ric Fulop’s company is now taking over Adaptive3D, a leading provider of elastomeric solutions for additive manufacturing. This latest deal further builds on the EnvisionTEC acquisition, challenging Carbon and Stratasys (Origin) for the high-speed photopolymerization production market.
“The acquisition of Adaptive3D advances Desktop Metal’s vertical integration strategy to grow our portfolio of materials and expand the high-volume applications supported by our polymer additive manufacturing solutions,” said Fulop, Founder and CEO of Desktop Metal. “Elastomers and rubber materials are a killer app for Additive Manufacturing 2.0. Adaptive3D has the best photoelastomer resins in the world. Combining Adaptive3D’s patented and superior elastomer materials with our printers, such as the Xtreme 8K, which lead the industry in throughput, affordability, and part quality, will accelerate the adoption of additively manufactured solutions for high-volume, end-use elastomeric parts and products.”
After securing investments from Arkema and from DSM (now Covestro) and Applied Materials while in startup mode, Adaptive3D is now able to offer category-leading photopolymer elastomers. Its products enable volume end-use parts production via additive manufacturing of odorless, tough, strain-tolerant, tear-resistant, and biocompatible rubbers and rubber-like materials. The Company’s flagship resin is Elastic ToughRubber 90, a tough, printable elastomer for all seasons.
We are thrilled to partner with Desktop Metal to enable additive manufacturing through our differentiated materialsDr. Walter Voit, Founder and CEO of Adaptive3D
Adaptive3D printable materials are optimized for high-throughput manufacturing of functional, complex 3D plastic and rubber parts in consumer, healthcare, industrial, transportation, and oil and gas markets. Adaptive3D’s core technology was developed through Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) funding.
“We are thrilled to partner with Desktop Metal to enable additive manufacturing through our differentiated materials,” said Dr. Walter Voit, Founder and CEO of Adaptive3D. “This acquisition extends our already strong partnership with EnvisionTEC, enabling us to accelerate our growth into the $129 billion1 elastomer and flexible foams market just waiting for high-volume, additive manufacturing elastomer capabilities.”
Adaptive3D provides photoelastomers that enable the additive manufacturing of rubbers, polyurethane-like, silicone-like, and rubber-like materials. The material properties of the ToughRubber photoresin material family lead the industry in tear strength, toughness, and elongation. Adaptive3D’s solutions are designed for high-throughput manufacturing while maintaining a low cost of production, and superior material performance.
The company already serves a broad customer base across consumer, healthcare, industrial, transportation, and oil and gas markets, with a massive opportunity to expand through leveraging Desktop Metal’s scale and channel network. Bolstering AM 2.0 Solutions for Area-Wide Elastomer Materials The acquisition extends Adaptive3D’s existing partnership to pair ToughRubber photoresins with EnvisionTEC’s Xtreme 8K.
The Xtreme 8K printer is optimized for area-wide photopolymer printing and is the largest build area production-grade digital light processing (DLP) 3D printer in the world. Coupled with Adaptive3D’s photoelastomer resins, customers can produce tough, durable parts quickly and in volume with premium surface quality, robust material properties, and high part accuracy.
“This transaction advances Desktop Metal’s strategy to grow our proprietary materials portfolio in order to expand the high-volume applications we can provide our customers,” said Fulop. “We will continue to search for attractive opportunities to organically and inorganically add to our library of over 225 qualified materials across metals, composites, polymers, ceramics, biocompatible materials, wood, and now elastomers.” Adaptive3D will operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Desktop Metal, and Voit will continue to lead the business from its Plano, Texas headquarters.