Rapid Shape joins Henkel as technology partner for the acceleration of the mass-production of additive manufacturing across industries

Rapid Shape joins Henkel as technology partner for the acceleration of the mass-production of additive manufacturing across industries

(PRESS RELEASE) DÜSSELDORF, 18-Nov-2019 — /EuropaWire/ — Heimsheim, Germany based Rapid Shape is partnering with Henkel for the the mass production of 3D printed functional parts. Rapid Shape is active in the high-speed technologies for additive manufacturing and combined with Henkel’s materials expertise the two companies plan to showcase novel solutions during the upcoming Formnext 2019 trade show this November. The partnership also sees Rapid Shape joining Henkel’s open materials platform to expand the existing collaboration of both companies for novel 3D printing solutions. Furthermore, Henkel´s materials will be certified by Rapid Shape for use on its open DLP printer systems like the I30+ while Henkel will have Rapid Shapes’ DLP printing technologies included into its broad 3D printing ecosystem and the new solutions will be leveraged to its customer base across more than 800 industry segments.

Henkel’s high-performance materials have intensively been tested on Rapid Shapes` industrial I30+ 3D printers and the combination of materials and machine solutions enable the 3D printing of high-quality parts for use in a variety of applications. A great example is Henkel’s Loctite 3D 3820 ultra-clear resin which allows customers in the health and other industrial sectors to produce transparent high-performance parts for use in visual flow inspection, covers and lenses. More information on Henkel’s 3D printing portfolio can be found over the following link www.Loctite3dp.com.

Commenting on the collaboration, Philipp Loosen, Head of 3D Printing at Henkel, said: 

“We aim to further expand our open materials approach and are excited to welcome Rapid Shape as technology partner for our high-performance materials. Together we aim to further develop, evaluate and drive 3D printing solutions tailor-made for applications in the mass production of additive manufacturing across industries. Loctite 3D 3820 demonstrates the power of our open materials platform. We provide customers with the flexibility to choose the right material for their needed application and to work on the right printers within Henkel’s ecosystem such as the I30+ from Rapid Shape.”

Rapid Shape has strong experience in 3D printing and offers professional solutions specialized for the dental, hearing aid and other industrial markets. As of today, the company is one of the top players in high-end dental laboratories, as well as in centralized production spaces. Having new high-performance materials on offer, Rapid Shape has moved into the industrial sector in conjunction with Henkel. Its technology is based on patented Force Feedback DLP printing that significantly reduces separation forces and allows both the print speed and quality to be further increased. 

Andreas Schultheiss, CEO of Rapid Shape on collaborating with Henkel: 

“Our printers run in many centralized additive production centers for medical products. This prior experience has prepared us for the technical requirements of the industrial sector. The continuing development of materials and printers has opened the door for new opportunities across industries. By collaborating with Henkel, we believe that we can create significant value for customers searching for a high-performance combination of material and machine solutions.”

The two companies will showcase their 3D printed demo parts at the upcoming Formnext on November 19 to 22 in Frankfurt, Germany.  While Henkel’s end-to-end portfolio of advanced 3D printing materials, post processing solutions and services will be on display at booth C41 in hall 12.1. Rapid Shape will be present at booth A11 in hall 11.1.

Media contacts:

Sebastian Hinz
Henkel Adhesive Technologies
Media Relations
Headquarters, Düsseldorf/Germany

SOURCE: Henkel



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