Henkel develops 3D powder to help make robots lighter

Posted on 22 Mar 2018 by Jonny Williamson

Chemical manufacturer, Henkel is to partner with HP and Carbon to develop materials and specialised dispensing equipment for polymerisation-based 3D Printing technologies, which could help robotic firms make lighter products.

The chemical manufacturer partners with HP and Carbon, working on materials that help make lighter robots – image courtesy of Henkel.

The three companies have developed meter mix and dispense device (MMD), a resin dispensing system and accessory to Carbon´s SpeedCell manufacturing system that allows for proper dispensing of Carbon’s materials in bulk quantities.

Additionally, Henkel is beginning the development of Loctite resins for Carbon’s materials ecosystem.

With HP, Henkel is already working in HP´s open materials community to develop materials for HP´s powder fusion-based Jet Fusion technology.

In addition, the company has become the first global reseller of HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing solutions to enable qualifications among industrial production.

Head of 3D Printing at Henkel Adhesive Technologies, Philipp Loosen explained: “We believe that the full potential of additive manufacturing will come by identifying the right customer application and focusing the right materials, with the right printing process and leveraging the right software.”

“We have therefore partnered with strong technology leaders such as Carbon and HP, which already have developed exciting technologies for 3D Printing solutions.

“These collaborations enable us to leverage our broad materials know-how and customer access to develop new solutions for the industrial manufacturing.”

Henkel Adhesive Technologies supplies customers worldwide with a broad portfolio of high-performance materials such as light cure acrylic, silicone, epoxy, and polyurethane adhesives.

3D printing to manufacture lighter robots

To accelerate the industrial usage of 3D Printing solutions, Henkel, in addition, offers a growing portfolio of services and equipment. This includes specialised enabling lighter and sturdier equipment for automation as well as solutions for curing, impregnation and surface treatment in post-processing.

This range of products and services has further strengthened the company´s additive manufacturing ecosystem and accelerates the integration of 3D printed parts into the industrial assembly and supply chain infrastructure.

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