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Nexa3D and Henkel expand collaboration to develop AM production systems

The companies will open a full-scale AM customer center

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Nexa3D,a maker of high speed polymer 3D printers, will open its first full-scale additive manufacturing customer center; NEXTFACTORY in Ventura CA, in partnership with Henkel. Co-located within the Nexa3D global headquarters, NEXTFACTORY provides current and potential customers with direct access to every aspect of the additive polymer manufacturing process, from design decision support and optimization to full-scale additive manufacturing operations including integrated post-processing technologies, material formulation customization, color matching, and a variety of finishing options. Both companies plan to invite additional automation, process, and software innovation partners to join NEXTFACTORY and be part of delivering complete end-to-end additive manufacturing solutions for volume production applications.

NEXTFACTORY will provide production professionals from around the world with access to the collective domain expertise, resources, tools, optimized functional materials, and modular production and post-processing equipment of Nexa3D and Henkel to develop their unique end-to-end production workflows. The center will serve as a full capability production scaling facility for customers looking to fast-track their production scale-up process development, material selection, and optimization, and production line design and procurement.

Nexa3D will open its first full-scale additive manufacturing customer center; NEXTFACTORY in Ventura CA, in partnership with Henkel

“The Center is designed to help customers across the entire additive process and accelerate the adoption of additive manufacturing in their business, regardless of where they are on their journey”, explained Simon Mawson, Senior Vice President and Global Head of 3D Printing at Henkel. “Customers will benefit from hands-on training and the ability to pilot their own production requirements, enabling them to realize the full potential of additive manufacturing and leverage the combined functional materials, validated workflows, and 3D printing expertise that Henkel and Nexa3D have to offer”.

Nexa3D and Henkel teamed up to meet the accelerated demand for additively manufactured parts and assemblies in several key industries, including mobility, footwear, industrial and health products. Working together, Henkel and Nexa3D plan to deliver a high customer value of additive manufacturing by opening the aperture on functional materials, tailoring material properties, and providing color matching and finishing options that suit customer-specific requirements. At the center, production professionals who are ready to move into large-scale digital manufacturing can access and learn about the latest design optimization tools including part consolidation, light-weighting, and access proved methods to scale up to mass production. Customers can also experience a range of manufacturing state-of-the-art software tools including manufacturing execution systems, as well as post-processing and finishing automation solutions.

Nexa3D will open its first full-scale additive manufacturing customer center; NEXTFACTORY in Ventura CA, in partnership with Henkel

“For example, customers can come to the center with a prototype product, and we will collaborate with them to design and build a pilot production proof of concept”, said Avi Reichental, co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of Nexa3D. “We will then work with them to develop a turnkey solution with the best system, tailored materials, and post-processing equipment for their application. By working with us, customers will better understand how to industrialize their processes while improving product quality and supply chain sustainability”, concluded Reichental.

As well as supporting customers, Nexa3D and Henkel plan to use the center to accelerate the adoption of additive production at scale for footwear, mobility, industrial and healthcare applications, by demonstrating to businesses how they can create an end-to-end solution using AM technologies. To further support customers, Nexa3D and Henkel plan to open two more centers, one in North America and one in Europe, by the end of 2022.

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Andrea has always loved reading and writing. He started working in an editorial office as a sports journalist in 2008, then the passion for journalism and for the world of communication in general, allowed him to greatly expand his interests, leading to several years of collaborations with several popular online newspapers. Andrea then approached 3D printing, impressed by the great potential of this new technology, which day after the day pushed him to learn more and more about what he considers a real revolution that will soon be felt in many fields of our daily life.

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