WACKER, the Munich based chemical company, has recently launched its first U.S. based ACEO® Open Print Lab. The new facility, located at WACKER’s Silicone R&D facility in Ann Arbor, MI, is equipped with 3D printers able to process a broad range of silicone rubber with different Shore A hardnesses and in varying colors. The print lab will offer first-hand tutorials and hands-on training allowing customers to experience 3D printing with silicone rubber.
The new Open Print Lab is headed by Lab Manager Sarah Burke, who previously worked at the Silicones R&D Center in fundamental product research for construction applications and consumer care. ACEO®’s unique additive manufacturing technology for silicone elastomers enables unprecedented product designs and complex geometries for rapid prototyping purposes. It is also suitable for serial manufacturing and cost-efficient production of replacement parts.
The ACEO® team will also offer workshops open to small groups of up to four people. After signing up, customers and the team will be able to define dates, expectations, and goals of the workshop. Participants will go through personalized training, consisting of theoretical and printing sessions from additive manufacturing basics to advanced design.