Polymer 3D printer manufacturer Nexa3D recently announced the opening of its first full-scale additive manufacturing customer center, NEXTFACTORY in Ventura, Calif., in partnership with Henkel. Co-located within the Nexa3D global headquarters, NEXTFACTORY reportedly provides current and potential customers with direct access to every aspect of the polymer additive manufacturing (AM) process, from design decision support and optimization to full-scale additive manufacturing operations. Both companies plan to invite additional automation, process, and software innovation partners to join NEXTFACTORY and be part of delivering complete end-to-end additive manufacturing solutions for volume production applications.
NEXTFACTORY will provide production professionals from around the world with access to the collective domain expertise, resources, tools, optimized functional materials, and modular production and post-processing equipment of Nexa3D and Henkel to develop unique end-to-end production workflows. The center will serve as a full-capability production scaling facility for customers looking to fast-track their production scale-up process development, material selection, and optimization and production line design and procurement.
“The Center is designed to help customers across the entire additive process and accelerate the adoption of additive manufacturing in their business, regardless of where they are on their journey,” said Simon Mawson, senior vice president and global head of 3D Printing at Henkel. “Customers will benefit from hands-on training and the ability to pilot their own production requirements, enabling them to realize the full potential of additive manufacturing and leverage the combined functional materials, validated workflows and 3D printing expertise that Henkel and Nexa3D have to offer.”
“For example, customers can come to the center with a prototype product, and we will collaborate with them to design and build a pilot production proof of concept,” said Avi Reichental, co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Nexa3D. “We will then work with them to develop a turnkey solution with the best system, tailored materials and post processing equipment for their application. By working with us, customers will better understand how to industrialize their processes while improving product quality and supply chain sustainability.”
In addition to supporting customers, Nexa3D and Henkel plan to use the center to accelerate the adoption of additive production at scale for footwear, mobility, industrial, and healthcare applications by demonstrating to businesses how they can create an end-to-end solution using AM technologies. Nexa3D and Henkel plan to open two more centers, one in North America and one in Europe, by the end of 2022.