Asiga, an industry leading manufacturer of 3D printing equipment, is partnering in Henkel’s Open Materials Platform to accelerate the adoption of additive manufacturing with production-grade 3D printed parts that are accurate and functional. Henkel offers a broad portfolio of photopolymers for the 3D printing industry. The company develops and provides a range of photo-curing resins that enable fast manufacturing of production parts with different properties from high-impact to highly flexible, in addition to those with high heat resistance and others for specialty applications.
Asiga focuses on a range of process monitoring technologies which control part accuracy and production stability across many industries including medical and general manufacturing. Asiga’s product line consists of desktop 3D printers with their MAX series through to their large format floor standing PRO 4K.
Since the announcement of their collaboration in July 2020, Asiga and Henkel have been collaborating to validate industrial grade materials by optimizing print processes that push the threshold of additive manufacturing capabilities. Working together, the two companies have been leveraging their experience in chemistry and 3D printing technologies to drive the next level in additive manufacturing production.
Loctite 3D 3955, a 3D printable photopolymer material with fire, smoke and toxicity resistance properties with heat deflection temperatures greater than 300 degrees centigrade has been validated for the Asiga Max and Asiga Pro4K printers. The material meets the fire, smoke and toxicity safety standard UL 94V-0 and the industry leading aerospace 12 and 60 second vertical burn tests and applicable for many industries, including aerospace, automotive and transportation.
Asiga´s Germany-based reseller in Litholabs has been working with ERNI, a Switzerland based electronics connector manufacturer on the functional prototyping of connectors with 3D printed backshell for printed circuit boards with Henkel Loctite 3955 FST material. The high accuracy printing on the Asiga devices with Loctite 3955 enables better design of fine detailed parts. Printing the connectors with the 3D material also allow the prototyping of the PCB assembly along with the electronic components. Loctite 3955 printed connectors can withstand the high temperatures associated with surface mount technology-based wave soldering systems. ERNI can now rapidly test assembled PCB systems to get optimum designs and customer approvals faster compared to the traditional way of developing injection mold metal tools.
“As a reseller of Asiga 3D printers, we acquire a lot of experiences working with customers from various industrial backgrounds,” says Axel Schwan, Founder of Litholabs. “The Loctite 3955 resin from Henkel arrived timely to meet the demand for highly functional and technical 3D Printing solutions.”
“Henkel’s 3955 material saves us significant time and investment costs that would normally have to be made on injection molded processes,” adds Stefan Molitor, Design Engineer at ERNI. “We are the gateway of discovering new opportunities with this material and processes. For us, it begins with the open possibilities of additive manufacturing from rapid prototyping to rapid manufacturing in the future.”
As every application has its own needs, Asiga and Henkel aim to support the individual journey towards additive manufacturing at industrial scale. Together, the partners can support customers to operate in a range of applications ranging from prototyping to large scale production and meet their specific application requirements.