Chemicals firm Henkel has entered into a development deal in cooperation with Fortify, a Boston-based 3D printing startup. The partnership aims at enabling the companies to combine their knowledge, material development, and Digital Composite Manufacturing. This is as they can improve resin-based 3D printing.
Clearly, the collaboration will purchase Henkel’s custom technology for making enduring, high-temperature and high modulus resins and Frtify’s DCM platform. This will combine Henkel’s resins with strengthening fibers to make more powerful 3D printed pieces.
Reputably, Fortify’s technology also blends an innovative magnetic mechanism. The system aligns the strengthening fibers, enhancing the power of the composite elements even more.
“This is a benchmark for the types of collaborations Henkel strives to cultivate,” stated the Innovation Lead for 3D printing of Henkel and founder of Molecule Corp, Ken Kisner. Molecule Corp was obtained by Henkel in May.
“Our strong, data-driven approach to material innovation continues to unlock the power of additive manufacturing. Fortify is focused on delivering value in industries where part performance is mission-critical. Together we’re making it happen.” He added.
The CEO and Co-Founder at Formnext, Joshua Martin, reflected on the agreement, stating: “The Fortify platform enables our customers to leverage materials that weren’t conceivable, yet alone practical on other platforms. With Henkel’s assistance, we are pushing this technology forward and solving the customer problems we expected as well as discovering exciting new opportunities.”
The capability to strengthen additive manufacturing materials with fibers to advance power and endurance has many benefits. For instance, it as brought in possible apps for Fortify’s DCM additive manufacturing technology. One of the leading application fields is the manufacture of 3D printed injection mold devices.
By advancing Henkel’s printing supplies and the DCM procedure, makers can spare time and money in the manufacture of 3D printed inserts. This is when compared to conventional metal tooling procedures.
The joint solution is viable for demanding applications. This is considering the strength and performance benefit provided by Fortify’s strengthened pieces and Henkel’s high-temperature materials. Both companies stated the above.
“When prototyping or producing parts in small runs, tooling cost and time are major barriers,” revealed Karlos Delos Reyes, Vice President of Applications and Co-Founder of Fortify. “With our 3D printed molds that utilize Henkel’s resin, we have proved the viability of these tools for low production runs.
As we help injection molders reduce the expense and time involved with producing molds, they can quickly react to new opportunities.”
Fortify raised $10m in a Series A funding round last year, July. It will start field beta experimenting with its DCM 3D printers in the spring of 2020. The associates will explore the manufacturing of 3D printed injection molding tools. They will also examine other end-use application areas.
“We’re excited about the benefits Fortify’s technology can offer our industrial customers,” added Kisner. “As new applications are unearthed, our development team is working quickly to help qualify and validate them.
We have a wide range of materials in our portfolio and we’re committed to leveraging our knowledge and technology, in partnership with customers and companies like Fortify, to accelerate the growth of additive manufacturing.”