Henkel and Shapeways recently announced a partnership to expand capabilities for industrial large-scale additive manufacturing. According to Henkel, the goal of the collaboration is to further enhance the accessibility of Henkel’s Loctite 3D printing materials to the company’s customer base by using Shapeways’ proprietary technology and 3D production expertise.
Henkel aims to further drive additive manufacturing toward the mass production of functional parts across various industries and offers an open materials platform for manufacturers of 3D printers and system providers. As a central element, the company has launched differentiated next-generation resins under the Loctite brand. By adopting the technology and production capabilities of Shapeways, Henkel reports that it will enhance the accessibility of its material solutions for its global customer base in more than 800 industry segments.
“We are excited about the collaboration with Shapeways as a leading technology platform for customized 3D printing solutions,” said Philipp Loosen, head of 3D Printing at Henkel. “Combining Shapeways’ technology and production expertise with our materials know-how and industry access enables a powerful combination for the large-scale 3D printing of customized Loctite parts. Based on the partnership, we will launch a digital platform leveraging novel opportunities to its global customers for Loctite solutions in 3D printing through Shapeways’ existing platform integration.”
Henkel and Shapeways have agreed to a multi-step program called Loctite Powered by Shapeways. As a first step, the companies have launched a landing page at www.loctite3dp.com where Henkel customers can order a variety of predefined Loctite demo parts, including the photopolymer for fire safety standard UL’s 94V-0.
“Our goal at Shapeways is to simplify product creation by empowering businesses to bring innovative ideas to life, from design through production and scale,” said Greg Kress, Shapeways’ CEO. “Shapeways is eager to leverage Henkel’s tremendous deep industry knowledge and provide a B2B manufacturing solution to further enable Henkel to scale the accessibility of its 3D printing materials to a wider global customer base. Henkel is experiencing incredible continuous growth and provides accessibility to a wide variety of sectors, just one of the many reasons we’re excited to partner with them.”