Additive Manufacturing Strategies

Materials Companies Get Serious at RAPID 2019

ST Medical Devices

Share this Article

Still reeling from a flurry of activity at RAPID 2019, I thought I’d share a thought that occurred to me at the show. Materials companies are getting serious about additive manufacturing.

Certainly that was evident on the metals side. Carpenter Technology for example, introduced their new Carpenter Additive division. It serves as a single source for its clients, not only providing metal powder, but also offering assistance with qualifying and producing metal parts.

Oerlikon was also at the event and showed off its new Innovation Hub & Advanced Component Production facility, located in Huntsville, Alabama. They invested over $50 million in the 125,000 sq foot center, which employs about 60 people. It officially opened shortly after the show.

Perhaps one of the biggest splashes at the show was made by Henkel’s Loctite brand. It seemed the company was everywhere. Their exhibit was up front-and-center and nearly everyone was wearing a Loctite lanyard. At their booth they displayed some exciting new use cases for their materials, including end-use parts for laboratory and medical equipment.

A week or so before the show, Henkel announced their acquisition of Molecule Corp. They provide advanced solutions for 3D printing applications – including medical device, aerospace, automotive and a wide variety of consumer goods – as well as industrial inkjet materials.

From the use cases I saw, it seemed Henkel was already busy at work, implementing Molecule’s capabilities into their offering.

That wasn’t all though. Henkel also unveiled its new Open Materials Platform. With it, they’re collaborating with 3D printing equipment manufacturers to develop materials for specific markets and applications. At the show, they announced partnerships with EnvisionTEC, Origin, and NewPro3D.

In the post-show press release, NewPro3D’s COO, Gabriel Castanon, discussed their collaboration in the medical field, noting that:

“NewPro3D’s working relationship with Henkel is the perfect marriage between machine and material, producing functional models at very high print speeds. Ultimately, both companies are excited to drive innovation in a field that directly touches people’s lives.”

Finally, Henkel also participated in and was recognized as a finalist for the Innovation Award at RAPID. They were the only materials company considered for this prestigious award.

From my perspective this seems to be a shift versus previous years. In the past, materials companies were certainly visible. But now it seems they’re working hard to collaborate with equipment manufacturers and the end-users of additive manufacturing alike. It feels like they’re getting serious, and that’s an indicator of this market’s potential over the next few years.

Stay tuned…it’s going to be a wild ride.

John Hauer is the Founder and CEO of Get3DSmart, a consulting practice which helps large companies understand and capitalize on opportunities with 3D printing. Prior to that, John co-Founded and served as the CEO of 3DLT. The company worked with retailers and their suppliers, helping them sell 3D printable products, online and in-store.

Follow John on Twitter @Get3DJohn

Share this Article


Recent News

3D Printing News Briefs, January 22, 2022: Research, Business, & More

3D Printing Robots Receive €1 Million Boost



Categories

3D Design

3D Printed Art

3D Printed Food

3D Printed Guns


You May Also Like

Accelerate to AM Success with Simulation

The benefits of an additive manufacturing (AM) program are highly compelling –for the creation of highly complex parts, economically manufacturing lot sizes of one, and the near elimination of wasted...

2022 Predictions: 3D Printing for Series Production of Metal Parts

It’s time to gaze into the tea leaves and imagine a bright future for 3D printing. In this article, we will be looking specifically at predictions, trends, and developments in...

Featured

BMW Leads Seed Round for Rubber 3D Printing Startup Rapid Liquid Print

Boston 3D printing company Rapid Liquid Print (RLP) is working to make a new class of 3D printers that can effortlessly build large-scale, high-resolution, soft, and stretchable products using industry-grade...

3D Printing Webinar and Event Roundup: December 5, 2021

We’ve got another busy week of webinars and events to tell you about, with topics ranging from aviation and medical 3D printing to a town hall meeting, biomaterials, SLA technology,...


Shop

View our broad assortment of in house and third party products.