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Wacker to open US 3D printing lab for silicone rubber this year

Wacker to open US 3D printing lab for silicone rubber this year

Written by Paul

September 20, 2018

German chemical company, Wacker Chemie , has announced plans to expand its ACEO 3D printing services for silicone rubber with the opening of a US-based printing lab later this year. The facility is the company’s first regional 3D printing lab outside of Germany and will be located at Wacker’s R&D centre for silicones in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Exact investment figures have not been released but Wacker says it has earmarked a single digit million USD amount for the development. The new lab will be equipped with two 3D printers, each of which will be able to process a broad range of silicone rubber with different Shore A hardnesses and in varying colours, including media resistant FVMQ grades. Bernd Pachaly, head of the ACEO 3D printing project at Wacker, commented: “In general, North America is the largest and most dynamic market for 3D printing. With our new lab, prospective partners […]

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