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Henkel now offers open materials platform

Enabling the qualification of new materials for different printing technologies

With the initial launch of its novel differentiated engineering resins at Formnext in November 2018, Henkel has strengthened its offering for industrial additive manufacturing solutions. In addition to its broad post-processing portfolio, the leading manufacturer of adhesives, sealants and functional provides an open materials platform to collaborate with manufacturers of 3D printers and system providers to enable the qualification of new materials for different printing technologies.

As a central element of the open materials platform, the company has developed differentiated materials with a focus on UV-curable Silicone Elastomeric, Ultra Clear, Durable High Impact, High Temperature and General-Purpose resins. These novel materials under the well-known Loctite brand overcome some of the most pressing technical limitations in the market and are designed to enable 3D Printing for a wide range of applications in the health & wellness, transportation and industrial segments.

“With our new materials platform we offer innovative building blocks to engineers and designers to realize their ambitions,” explained Sean Dsilva, Head of 3D Printing Materials at Henkel. “Manufacturers of 3D Printers and system providers that work with us benefit from our unique offering of next generation resins, which provides solutions to some of the most severe limitations in the 3D Printing market. This is the next step to move Additive Manufacturing from prototyping to functional part productions across markets”.

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Henkel´s Durable High Impact resin 3870 is already used for the 3D printing of motor adapters in the health & wellness sector.

Henkel´s novel Durable High Impact resin 3870 has already proven its high-performing properties in the health sector. The material is used for the 3D printing of motor adapters that have a consumer-grade finish, replacing the conventional injection molded parts. The solution significantly reduces long lead times and costs.

“Every day, Loctite is developing groundbreaking materials to address the specific needs of the market, including resilient elastomers, heat-resistant polymers, biocompatible formulations, and other high-performance materials,” said Cindy Deekitwong, Global Director of Marketing for 3D Printing at Henkel. “Open technology and partnerships between the technologists and the chemists now enable additive manufacturing to compete against conventional injection molding without the underlying risks, long lead times and penalties for design iteration. We are delighted to offer our customers revolutionary materials that enable the use of additive manufacturing for true high-volume production.”

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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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