Wacker Chemical Corporation

3301 Sutton Rd
Adrian,  MI  49221-9397

United States
517-264-8500
http://www.wacker.com
  • Booth: 340

WACKER offers a full range of silicone elastomers including room-temperature-vulcanizing (RTV). WACKER’s moldmaking and casting specified RTV silicone rubbers cover a diverse range of applications including reproduction, prototype, construction, automotive and composite molding. Pioneering the world of additive manufacturing,

ACEO® silicone 3D print services is a service provider for silicone prototypes and small series in automotive, healthcare, electronics and lifestyle goods. Hardware, software and material were developed by the Wacker Chemie AG brand with a history of over 70 years in silicone production. Tailor-made silicones and a unique drop-on-demand principle allow freedom of design for endless applications.ACEO® - A WACKER BRAND  https://www.aceo3d.com/


 Press Releases

  • PRESS RELEASE

    Wacker Chemie AG

    Hanns-Seidel-Platz 4

    81737 München, Germany

    www.wacker.com

    Number

    15

    ACEO® Launches U.S. Based Open Print Lab

    Ann Arbor (MI), March 25, 2019 – Today, WACKER, the Munich

    based chemical company, is launching its first U.S. based

    ACEO® Open Print Lab. The new facility, located at WACKER’s

    Silicone R&D facility in Ann Arbor, MI, is equipped with 3D

    printers able to process a broad range of silicone rubber with

    different Shore A hardnesses and in varying colors. Following

    the success of WACKER’s ACEO® Open Print Lab in

    Burghausen, Germany, and the high demand for additive

    manufacturing solutions in North America, the print lab will offer

    first-hand tutorials and hands-on training allowing customers to

    experience 3D printing with silicone rubber.

    “We are pleased to announce another milestone in ACEO®’s history

    with the launch of the Open Print Lab in Ann Arbor,” says Dr. Bernd

    Pachaly, Head of Project 3D Printing at WACKER SILICONES.

    “North America is one of the leading markets in additive manufacturing.

    Our new facility brings 3D printing with silicones much closer to

    potential customers in the region.” In 2017, WACKER set up its first

    ACEO® Open Print Lab in Burghausen. It helps customers

    understand how 3D printing with silicones matches their needs by

    offering first-hand experience.

    WACKER introduced the world’s first 3D printing web shop in 2016,

    making ACEO® technology and services available to customers

    March 25, 2019 Press Release No. 15 Page 2 of 6

    worldwide. However, education about a pioneering technology such

    as ACEO® needs a local presence. “Our business partners in the

    region want to understand how their ideas and products can be

    brought to market with our support. WACKER’s Silicone R&D Center

    in Ann Arbor was designed to develop advanced and forward-looking

    solutions for silicones. With the new Open Print Lab we can

    significantly expand our local portfolio and contribute to the growing

    demand of the market,” says Ian Moore, Vice President WACKER

    SILICONES at Wacker Chemical Corporation in Adrian (MI).

    The new Open Print Lab is headed by Lab Manager Sarah Burke,

    who previously worked at the Silicones R&D Center in fundamental

    product research for construction applications and consumer care.

    The lab will be equipped with two 3D printers, each of which will be

    able to process a broad range of silicone rubber with different

    Shore A hardnesses and in varying colors. ACEO®’s unique additive

    manufacturing technology for silicone elastomers enables

    unprecedented product designs and complex geometries for rapid

    prototyping purposes. It is also suitable for serial manufacturing and

    cost-efficient production of replacement parts.

    The ACEO® team will also offer workshops open to small groups of

    up to four people. After signing up, customers and the team will be

    able to define dates, expectations and goals of the workshop.

    Participants will go through personalized trainings, consisting of

    theoretical and printing sessions from additive manufacturing basics

    to advanced design.

    March 25, 2019 Press Release No. 15 Page 3 of 6

    Request a session

    Interested parties such as existing and prospective WACKER

    customers can register for a tailor-made Open Print Lab training at

    the ACEO® Campus in Ann Arbor, MI, at www.aceo3d.com/openprint-

    lab/. Workshop fees will depend on the number of participants

    and contents.

    About ACEO®

    WACKER’s 3D printing technology ACEO® is the world’s first

    industrial-scale technology for the additive manufacturing of liquid

    silicone rubber components. The unique drop-on-demand technology

    allows design freedom and the printing of highly functional parts while

    maintaining the outstanding properties of silicone rubber such as

    temperature and radiation resistance or biocompatibility. Printed

    silicone rubber components can be used in a wide range of

    applications and in several key industries such as the automotive,

    aerospace & aviation, healthcare and equipment industry as well as

    in mechanical engineering. ACEO® offers several services including

    design support, training sessions at its print lab and a web shop for

    secure file upload and ordering. ACEO® is a registered trademark of

    WACKER.

    For more details, please visit ACEO® at www.aceo3d.com or watch

    ACEO®’s Youtube video introducing the Open Print Lab at

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x66yrACVXGE

    March 25, 2019 Press Release No. 15 Page 4 of 6

    Further information:

    Wacker Chemie AG

    ACEO® Campus

    Gewerbepark Lindach A 12

    D-84489 Burghausen

    Germany

    Egbert Klaassen

    Global Marketing Director

    WACKER SILICONES

    T +49 1520 935 2545

    egbert.klaassen@aceo3d.com

    WACKER opened its first US based ACEO® Open Print Lab in Ann Arbor,

    Michigan, today. The new facility is equipped with two 3D printers able to

    process a broad range of silicone rubber with different Shore A hardnesses

    and in varying colors. (Photo: WACKER)

    March 25, 2019 Press Release No. 15 Page 5 of 6

    WACKER’s unique additive manufacturing technology for silicone elastomers

    enables unprecedented product designs and complex geometries for rapid

    prototyping purposes. It is also suitable for serial manufacturing and costefficient

    production of replacement parts. (Photo: WACKER)

    Note:

    Press materials can requested at info@aceo3d.com. Photos are also

    available for download at www.wacker.com/pressreleases.

    March 25, 2019 Press Release No. 15 Page 6 of 6

    For further information, please contact:

    Wacker Chemie AG

    Media Relations & Information

    Florian Degenhart

    Phone +49 89 6279-1601

    florian.degenhart@wacker.com

    www.wacker.com

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    The company in brief:

    WACKER is a globally-active chemical company with some 14,500 employees

    and annual sales of around €4.98 billion (2018).

    WACKER has a global network of 24 production sites, 21 technical competence

    centers and 50 sales offices.

    WACKER SILICONES

    Silicone fluids, emulsions, rubber grades and resins; silanes; pyrogenic silicas;

    thermoplastic silicone elastomers

    WACKER POLYMERS

    Polyvinyl acetates and vinyl acetate copolymers and terpolymers in the form of

    dispersible polymer powders, dispersions, solid resins and solutions

    WACKER BIOSOLUTIONS

    Biotech products such as cyclodextrins, cysteine and biologics, as well as fine

    chemicals and PVAc solid resins

    WACKER POLYSILICON

    Polysilicon for the semiconductor and photovoltaic industries

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