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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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