Rapid Shape, a German 3D printer maker has stated it has extended its collaboration with universal chemical firm, Henkel.
The partnership aims to grow Henkel’s material proficiency for DLP 3D printing technology of Rapid Shape. This is so that it can help create novel 3D printing apps.
The partnership will see Rapid Shape become a member of the free material platform for Henkel. As a member, the company will confirm Henkel’s materials for utilizing on its accessible 3D printers. Also, Henkel will perform DLP systems of Rapid Shapes in its 3D printing network, maximizing the technology to assist its large customer base.
Henkel and Rapid Shape are exhibiting its 3D printed demonstration pieces at Formnext 2019 this week.
“We aim to further expand our open materials approach and are excited to welcome Rapid Shape as a technology partner for our high-performance materials,” Philipp Loosen, Head of 3D Printing at Henkel explains.
“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,” Loosen added.
Rapid Shape has its headquarters in South German, Heimsheim. The company creates DLP 3D printers especially for the hearing aid, jewelry, dental, and industrial goods sector. The technology for Rapid shape is built on a controlled Force Feedback DLP 3D printing. The method utilizes a measuring gadget to track the separating powers in printing. This ensures that a sensible separation procedure takes place. The intention is to raise the print pace and quality as well.
Rapid Shape’s systems consist of 130+, a DLP 3D printer created to be fast and adaptable. It is also created to be half-automatic with a 151 x 85 mm build area as well as 1920 by 1080 projector resolution. Furthermore, the company announced a new variety of 3D printers for the hearing support sector in 2018. This includes the HA30 II, HA40 II, and HA20 II systems.
The two companies have experimented with some of Henkel’s materials on Rapid Shapes’ 130+ 3D printer. This includes the Loctite 3D 3820 ultra-clear resin. The material is expected to give clients in the health sectors access to 3D printed, transparent, and top-performance pieces. Customers can use this in visual flow inspection, lenses, and covers.
These two firms are part of SYMPA R&D consortium that seeks to improve new supplies and stereolithography. All these procedures are for the automotive industry.
“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,” Andreas Schultheiss, CEO of Rapid Shape said.
Henkel first published the launch of its accessible materials platform in 2019 May. The aim was to work right with 3D printer makers. This is so as to pass fresh materials for the different AM platforms on the sector.