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Henkel and Carbon combine materials and printing expertise, bring Loctite to Carbon’s offering

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Henkel and Carbon announced a new partnership agreement to bring Henkel’s Loctite adhesive technology into the additive manufacturing space. Carbon’s printers, notably its newer L1 3D model, will now be able to use Loctite materials. The new Loctite 3D IND 405 clear material is immediately available to customers. The partnership agreement will also give Carbon’s industrial clients access to Henkel’s single-component technologies, which may now be incorporated into Carbon’s digital light synthesis process (DLS).

Henkel’s adhesive technologies branch is the global leader in the adhesives market across all industry segments worldwide. Its penetration in the AM space is gathering steam after a series of international partnerships opened the company to the space. The company also launched an open materials platform in 2018 that encourages client-focused innovation around its Loctite products.

Loctite Carbon Henkel partnership

These adhesive products are applied across a range of industrial materials. The materials are designed to eliminate industrial and manufactured product downtime by reliably sealing or adhering objects. The brand uses acrylic, anaerobic, cyanoacrylate, epoxy, hot melt, silicone, urethane and UV/light curing technologies. The brand is offering more certified resins for photopolymer 3D printing.

Loctite 3D IND405 Clear, the new product that is certified for Carbon printers, is a clear, tough, semirigid, 3D printable material. Produced as a one-part resin, the clear polymer is easily printed using the Carbon DLS process. With potential applications for enclosures and housings, light pipe prototypes, bottle prototypes, jigs and fixtures for production floors and more, Loctite 3D IND405 Clear offers engineers and designers a clear and durable material solution.

Based in Silicon Valley, Carbon joins advanced hardware, software and polymer materials capabilities on one digital manufacturing platform, thus giving companies the ability to design and bring better products to market in less time. Carbon’s ground-breaking DLS process and a broad family of liquid resins allow manufacturers to unlock new business opportunities, such as faster design cycles and product launches, on-demand inventory and local production. These abilities were previously impossible because product design and mass customization were limited to available technology.

The new partnership builds on Henkel and Carbon’s existing relationship by offering Carbon’s customers access to Henkel’s single-component materials. This access builds on Carbon’s broad portfolio of resins, which resonates with the company’s goal to provide customers with best-in-class polymer materials for a wide range of applications. With the Carbon DLS process and a growing portfolio of resins that deliver end-use performance, product developers and manufacturers can bring better products to market in less time.

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Adam is a legal researcher and writer with a background in law and literature. Born in Montreal, Canada, he has spent the last decade in Ottawa, Canada, where he has worked in legislative affairs, law, and academia. Adam specializes in his pursuits, most recently in additive manufacturing. He is particularly interested in the coming international and national regulation of additive manufacturing. His past projects include a history of his alma mater, the University of Ottawa. He has also specialized in equity law and its relationship to judicial review. Adam’s current interest in additive manufacturing pairs with his knowledge of historical developments in higher education, copyright and intellectual property protections.

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