WACKER, the Munich-based chemical group, is currently expanding its ACEO® 3D printing services for silicone rubber and announced the opening of a US-based printing lab later this year. The facility, which will be located at WACKER’s R&D center for silicones in Ann Arbor (MI), is the company’s first regional 3D printing lab outside of Germany. WACKER has earmarked a single digit million US-Dollar amount for the investment.
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 colors, including special media resistant FVMQ grades. ACEO®’s unique additive manufacturing technology for silicone elastomers enables unprecedented product designs and complex geometries for rapid prototyping purposes as well as serial manufacturing and cost-efficient production of replacement parts.
While ACEO® will continue to produce and deliver printed silicone components from its production facility in Burghausen, Germany, the new lab in Ann Arbor will offer technical service and advice to partners and customers throughout North America, thus providing local hands-on experience with WACKER’s unique 3D printing technology.