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Wacker to Open US 3D Printing Lab

TCT Magazine reports on a recent announcement made by Wacker.  Apparently, Wacker will be opening a US-based 3D printing lab for silicone rubber sometime in the next year.

Wacker Chemie, which is a German chemical company, will be expanding “its ACEO 3D printing services for silicone rubber” with this facility.  Interestingly, this facility will be Wacker’s first “regional 3D printing lab outside Germany.”  It will be “located at Wacker’s R&D center for silicones in Ann Arbor, Michigan.”  Though specific numbers have not been made public, Wacker “says it has earmarked a single digit million dollar amount for the development.”

Wacker’s “new lab will be equipped with two 3D printers, each of which will be able to process a broad range of silicone rubber with different Shore A hardnesses and in varying colors, including media resistant FVMQ grades.”

Wacker’s Head of ACEO 3D Printing Bernd Pachaly explains: “in general, North America is the largest and most dynamic market for 3D printing.  With our new lab, prospective partners will obtain local access to the compelling possibilities of 3D printing with liquid silicone rubber.”  The company will still print silicone components in Germany, but this new lab will serve the North American market.

As Pachaly concludes: “right from the start, we will be engaged in projects involving medical devices and components needed for health care, transportation, aerospace, and electronics, all of which are key industry segments, particularly for silicone-based products.  Establishing a regional lab will support expansion of ACEO’s footprint in the US and furthers Wacker’s global service network for silicone rubber 3D printing solutions.”

Image and Quotes Courtesy of TCT Magazine

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