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WACKER’s first US based ACEO Open Print Lab is equipped with two 3D printers able to process a broad range of silicone rubber with different Shore A hardnesses and in varying colors. (Photo: WACKER)
WACKER’s first US based ACEO Open Print Lab is equipped with two 3D printers able to process a broad range of silicone rubber with different Shore A hardnesses and in varying colors. (Photo: WACKER)

WACKER is launching its first US based ACEO Open Print Lab. As the demand for additive manufacturing solutions in North America is high, the print lab will offer first-hand tutorials and hands-on training allowing customers to experience 3D printing with silicone rubber.

The new facility, located at WACKER’s Silicone R&D facility in Ann Arbor, MI, is equipped with 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.

The ACEO team will also offer workshops open to small groups of up to four people. After signing up, customers and the team will be able to define dates, expectations and goals of the workshop.

Participants will go through personalized trainings, consisting of theoretical and printing sessions from additive manufacturing basics to advanced design.

North America is one of the leading markets in additive manufacturing. Our new facility brings 3D printing with silicones much closer to potential customers in the region,” says Dr. Bernd Pachaly, Head of Project 3D Printing at WACKER SILICONES.

WACKER introduced the first 3D printing web shop in 2016, making ACEO technology and services available to customers worldwide. However, education about a pioneering technology such as ACEO needs a local presence. In 2017, WACKER set up its first ACEO Open Print Lab in Burghausen, Germany.

“WACKER’s Silicone R&D Center in Ann Arbor was designed to develop advanced and forward-looking solutions for silicones. With the new Open Print Lab we can significantly expand our local portfolio and contribute to the growing demand of the market,” says Ian Moore, Vice President WACKER SILICONES at Wacker Chemical Corporation in Adrian (MI).

About ACEO


WACKER’s unique 3D printing technology ACEO is the pioneering industrial-scale technology for the additive manufacturing of liquid silicone rubber components.
WACKER’s unique additive manufacturing technology for silicone elastomers enables unprecedented product designs and complex geometries for rapid prototyping purposes. (Photo: WACKER)
It enables unprecedented product designs and complex geometries for rapid prototyping purposes. It is also suitable for serial manufacturing and cost-efficient production of replacement parts.

The unique drop-on-demand technology allows design freedom and the printing of highly functional parts while maintaining the outstanding properties of silicone rubber such as temperature and radiation resistance or biocompatibility.

Printed silicone rubber components can be used in a wide range of applications and in several key industries such as the automotive, aerospace & aviation, healthcare and equipment industry as well as in mechanical engineering.


 


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