Readers last week were most interested in Henkel’s most recent initiative in 3D printing (Henkel Partners in SYMPA Project to Unlock 3D Printing Potential for Final Automotive Parts): “Henkel is partnering in an additive manufacturing research and development project called SYMPA, which is sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Federal Ministry Republic of Austria Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT). According to Henkel, the German and Austrian project consortium aims to develop new materials, printing methodologies, and post-processing technologies for durable stereolithography (SLA) products using digital light processing (DLP) with a focus on automotive applications. SYMPA was launched at the end of 2018 and involves five partners bringing different expertise along the entire value chain of the SLA technology.

“The project partners believe that the SLA technology has the potential to enable the production of customized parts and products specifically designed for customer needs, especially in automotive. Thus, SYMPA aims to overcome some of the weaknesses of current SLA materials, including as low mechanical properties, low durability, and low UV stability. The innovation objectives include the development of a new photosensitive polymer with increased long-term thermal and mechanical properties, the fiber reinforcement of the polymer, and surface modification technologies to further enhance the environmental resistance of products. All developed technologies will reportedly be demonstrated based on real automotive parts considering the requirements on industrial production processes.”

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Top 5 News that Sticks for August 11-17

  1. Henkel Partners in SYMPA Project to Unlock 3D Printing Potential for Final Automotive Parts
  2. Red Devil Caulk Named in Best New Kitchen and Bath Products of 2019 by This Old House Magazine
  3. Bostik to Acquire Adhesive Films Manufacturer Prochimir #third week in Top 5!
  4. IGM Increases Photoinitiator Capacity with New Plant in China and Expansion Projects in Italy
  5. Chromaflo Acquires Liquid Colours’ Dispersion Division

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