Over recent years, the adoption of 3D printing technologies continues to rise, and an increased number of industries and businesses start to explore the possibilities for their needs. New collaborations and partnerships on a level of technology, materials, applications and manufacturing methods continue to evolve. Recently, Nexa3D and Henkel have joined the scene with the launch of three new high-performing polymers. Here’s the latest!
Nexa3D and Henkel – A Photopolymer Marriage
Early 2020, Henkel, a true collaborative materials firm, has never been shy to task on new adventures that help to take 3D printing to a next level. The collaboration with Nexa3D dates back to early 2020 when they released a medical-grade polypropylene-like 3D printing material (named ‘xMed412’), and a multipurpose photopolymer for rapid prototyping (‘xPRO410’). The latest generation of photopolymers that was recently launched, offers a durable solution for high-performance prototyping.
The recent developments came about with the goal to boost mass production capabilities for any industry, offering enhanced options for 3D printing a greater range of items from shoes to housings to packaging and much more.
New Materials – New Industries
There are three new material variations available, all of them suited for use with the Nexa NXE400 3D printer.The first material, xPP405-BLACK, is a semi-rigid print material with high-impact resistance. The material performs similar to propylene (unfilled). It is tough yet has a sleek industrial black finish and boasts 130 percent tensile elongation at failure. This material is well-suited for creating for example housings, enclosures, piping or packaging in manufacturing and engineering applications.
xPEEK147-BLACK, the other black alternative, is the preferred option when ‘toughness’ and a good surface finish are needed for tooling or molding applications. Whereas xPP405-BLACK is mainly developed for engineering and design environments, xPEEK black is initially developed keeping an eye on the direction of use in end-parts. Even for demanding applications, such as automotive industries, xPEEK147-BLACK is a fairly interesting material. The temperature resistance goes up to 230°C and it has high stiffness while providing long-term thermal stability with good solvent resistance and dimensional stability.
Clear 3D Printing for Entry Lighting Applications
While a black opaque material may be fine for a broad range of applications, having a clear material could be beneficial too in many situations. When creating ‘translucent objects’, such as 3D printing bottles, light pipes, packaging, or other products that need to include lighting applications, xPP405-CLEAR provides a see-through alternative. Again, ‘durability’ and ‘toughness’ are the keywords, along with having a high-impact resistance. The material offers a generally low heat deflection temperature between 50°C and 60°C with a 130 percent tensile elongation at failure.
Whether you are just starting to delve into 3D printing or looking for new material solutions, the partnership between Nexa3D and Henkel brings some interesting options to the table. Both companies are committed to democratizing access to scalable additive polymer solutions empowering customers to own their supply chain throughout their entire product life cycle. Starting from design to production and aftermarket success.
The partnership aims to further fuel end-use production in additive manufacturing and announcement of new high-performance solutions. Henkel’s Open Materials Platform has the goal of expanding the capabilities of its ultrafast production stereolithography technology.
You can read the formal press release at the Henkel website.
We’re always keen to see new options arrive that help to reduce the total cost of ownership, while delivering higher productivity, extended lifespan, and exceptional economics. At our end, we keep tracking the partnership with great interest!