Henkel shows results of investments in 3D printing

2019/11/20 - Henkel invests heavily in 3D printing. Not only in leveraging the key accounts of Henkel, but also in partnerships with other companies in the AM value chain, like Origin. As a result of the cooperation with Origin, Henkel shows at Formnext a photopolymer that is compliant with the fire and smoke requirements in the aerospace industry. The new Loctite material is compliant with the UL-94-0 standard.

»We want to transform the industry. That’s why we focus on materials, especially photopolymers, because we think that with the right materials we can do that«, Philipp Loosen, Head of 3D Printing at Henkel, says.

Adjust formulations

Henkel has the power to adjust formulations of material to meet the application requirements of the customer, he emphasizes. The acquisition of Molecule Corp, helps a lot. At a press briefing at Formnext, Ken Kisner, former founder of Molecule Corp and now Innovation Lead for 3D printing at Henkel, says that in the California facility they can scale up from prototyping a new material to production within two weeks.

Access without own 3D printers

The Loctite flame- and smoke retarding material is a good example how Henkel wants to change industries with dedicated materials for applications. This is developed together with Origin for their Origin One printer. This will open up totally new possibilities for 3D printing parts with DLP-technology for applications in the aerospace and automotive industry. For those customers who don’t want to invest in the hardware of Origin, Henkel also offers a solution: »They can order the parts through Shapeways.« Henkel cooperates with the 3D printing service provider with production locations in the Netherlands and the US. Through this partnership, customers worldwide in more than 800 industries, get access to the new materials solutions Henkel is bringing to the market under the Loctite label.

Henkel at Formnext 2019:

  • Hall 12.1 - stand C41