To further drive the mass production of 3D printed functional parts, Henkel is partnering with Rapid Shape, Heimsheim, Germany, a leading provider of high-speed technologies for additive manufacturing. The companies reportedly aim to align Henkel’s materials expertise with Rapid Shapes’ printer technology. 

Rapid Shape has joined Henkel’s open materials platform to expand the existing collaboration of both companies for novel 3D printing solutions. As part of the partnership, Rapid Shape will certify Henkel’s materials for use on its open DLP printer systems like the I30+. Henkel will include Rapid Shapes’ DLP printing technologies into its 3D printing ecosystem and will leverage the new solutions to its customer base across more than 800 industry segments. 

Both companies have tested Henkel’s high-performance materials on Rapid Shapes’ industrial I30+ 3D printers. Henkel reports that the combination of materials and machine solutions enable the 3D printing of high-quality parts for a variety of applications.

“We aim to further expand our open materials approach and are excited to welcome Rapid Shape as technology partner for our high-performance materials,” said Philipp Loosen, head of 3D Printing at Henkel. “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.” 

According to Andreas Schultheiss, CEO of Rapid Shape, “Our printers run in many centralized additive production centers for medical products. This prior experience has prepared us for the technical requirements of the industrial sector. 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.” 

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