BOSTON, August 23, 2022 —Desktop Metal announced it is expanding its partnership with Henkel on photopolymer material development, beginning with the qualification of Henkel’s Loctite® 3D IND405 Black and Loctite 3D 3843 for use on the Xtreme 8K, the world’s largest DLP printer for high-volume production of end-use parts.
Both popular engineering materials in the 3D printing industry at large, Loctite 3D IND405 Black and Loctite 3D 3843 are both stiff, strong and durable – making them ideal for a wide range of end-use manufacturing parts and consumer goods. Parts produced in IND405 have outstanding impact resistance and can be machined, tapped and polished.
Loctite 3D IND405 and 3843 are already offered in the ETEC Envision One desktop DLP printer, along with high-temperature photopolymers (Loctite 3955 HDT 280 FST, IND 147, and IND 406), elastomers (Loctite 475 and IND 402), and Loctite Med 413, a biocompatible plastic ideal for medical devices and equipment.
Now, customers will be able to print Loctite 3D IND405 and 3843 on the Xtreme 8K, which features a market-leading build area of 450 x 371 x 399 mm (17.72 x 14.61 x 15.71 in). This new combination of a trusted and popular material on an extremely large printing platform will enable users to deliver all-new sizes and throughput of parts without tooling.
“Our team is delighted to partner with Henkel and offer their Loctite materials on our truly differentiated DLP printing systems,” said Ric Fulop, Founder and CEO, Desktop Metal. “By printing Loctite 3D IND405 HDT50 High Elongation and Loctite 3D 3843 HDT60 High Toughness on the ETEC Xtreme 8K, manufacturers will be able to produce on-demand end-use parts in all-new sizes and at higher throughputs that help drive down the per-part cost. What’s more, they won’t need to pay for, or wait for, tooling to get the job done affordably.”
“A while back, I saw the Xtreme 8K before its release and knew it would excite the industrial additive space with the large build volume. I am pleased with our teams’ work to bring Loctite resins to the platform with initial workflow validations,” added Sam Bail, Head of Business Development Management and Partnerships for Loctite 3D Printing at Henkel.