EnvisionTEC and Henkel are expanding their partnership agreement to further drive the adoption of production-level 3D Printing with DLP technology. Over the past two years, the companies already have collaborated on a variety of unique applications. With the launch of EnvisionTEC´s next-generation Xtreme DLP and Envision One cDLM HT printer technologies and the expansion of Henkel´s industrial-grade materials portfolio, the companies are positioning themselves to support volume production of end-use parts.
“We are thrilled to expand our partnership with EnvisionTEC and their innovative cDLM technology,” stated Dr. Simon Mawson, Senior Vice President and Global Head of 3D Printing at Henkel. “EnvisionTEC’s new E1 High Temp printer allows Henkel to move beyond the boundaries of viscosity limitations by enabling highly viscous or solid resins, such as Loctite 3955 FST, the first 3D photopolymer that passes vertical burn and aerospace FST standards and Loctite IND402, a single component elastomer material with high resilience and tensile strength, to be heated and printed under controlled conditions. These new generation Loctite materials combined with EnvisionTEC E1 High Temp printers will accelerate the adoption of industrial additive manufacturing.”
Both companies have already engaged in printing parts for the medical and industrial sectors. Henkel’s new materials are designed to create a shift in photopolymer material chemistry and to deliver FDM functionality with the surface finish and accuracy of SLA/DLP using EnvisionTEC’s high-speed production systems. Together, the partners aim to tap into the huge potential to leverage this novel material know-how in accelerating the adoption of DLP technology in industrial production. The combination of Henkel´s material expertise and EnvisionTEC´s printer technology enables the creation of parts that are stable over time without losing mechanical properties, becoming brittle over time, or changing color while maintaining the accuracy and surface finish EnvisionTEC’s DLP 3D printing is known for.
“For 19 years EnvisionTEC has focused on delivering not just equipment or materials, but true solutions,” stated Al Siblani, EnvisionTEC CEO, “We are pleased that our hard work and collaboration with Henkel over the past two years has resulted in the ability to now offer practical solutions to high-volume manufacturing applications that will disrupt traditional processes while offering a solid ROI.”
EnvisionTEC’s patented continuous Digital Light Manufacturing (cDLM) High Temperature (HT) technology platform will be included to Henkel’s broad 3D printing ecosystem to leverage the company´s customer base across more than 800 industry segments. Further, the partners will also collaborate for Loctite branded formulations validated for use on the Xtreme DLP Machine. This new large-format 3D printer allows for the production of large 3D parts, built at fast speeds without sacrificing surface quality and part accuracy.
To kickstart the launch of this partnership, Henkel’s Loctite-branded photopolymer materials have been validated on EnvisionTEC’s continuous Digital Light Manufacturing (cDLM) High Temperature (HT) technology platform and XtremeDLP printer. These include Loctite 3D 3955 HDT280 FST, a key halogen free material offering flame retardant properties with extremely high HDT (heat deflection temperature). This material is the first 3D photopolymer that passes vertical burn and aerospace FST standards.
Also included is Loctite 3D IND406 HDT100 High Elongation, which is is a tough material with good dimensional stability and is ideal for tooling, interior and machinery parts. This material can be used for final parts production in automotive, consumer goods and general manufacturing. Another material from Henkel that has been validated is Loctite 3D 3843 HDT60 High Toughness, a high impact resin with excellent surface finish ideal for durable parts production, tooling and low temperature molding applications across industries.
The last material to have been validated at this time is Loctite 3D IND402 A70 High Rebound, a high rebound elastomer which doesn’t require thermal post processing and is ideal for lattice structures as in midsoles/soft inserts.