Nexa3D Expands Partnership with Henkel
Nexa3D unveils three functional polymers for prototype, production tools and functional end-use parts powered by Loctite high-performance materials with extended UV weathering stability.
February 9, 2021
Nexa3D has expanded its partnership with Henkel to immediately deliver three new performance photopolymer materials through its expanding Nexa3D channels globally. Nexa3D’s collaboration with Henkel leverages their combined capabilities to fast-track additive manufacturing toward mass production of functional parts across multiple industries, companies say.
No other manufacturing process offers as many possibilities for greater design agility, supply chain resiliency and implementation at every phase of the product life cycle. Combining Nexa3D’s productivity with Henkel’s portfolio of functional polymers makes it possible for customers to manufacture a wider range of parts such as housings, enclosures, pipes, packaging products, footwear components and production tooling for performance and functionality.
xPP405-BLACK is a semi-rigid material with high-strength engineering plastic, delivering impact resistance with performance similar to unfilled propylene. xPP405 boasts a modulus-like polypropylene, 130% tensile elongation at failure and UV weathering stability as characterized by ASTM G154 testing. xPP405-BLACK delivers an industrial black finish and is made for various design, engineering and manufacturing of end use parts for piping, consumer and industrial applications, including large housings and enclosures and sheet metal forming dies.
xPP405-CLEAR combines clarity and impact strength with good heat deflection temperature between 50oC to 60oC. xPP405 has a modulus-like polypropylene, an 130% tensile elongation at failure, and UV weathering stability as characterized by ASTM G154 testing. xPP405-CLEAR can be finished for clarity and is made for a wide range of design, engineering and manufacturing of end use parts including packaging, bottling, piping and see-through elements such as transparent materials for light guiding applications and micro-fluidics as well as lighting applications.
xPEEK147-BLACK material has a good surface finish, and a dimensional stability featuring high heat deflection temperature. It is an ideal material for production tooling, molding applications and a various functional end use parts including automotive underhood applications. xPEEK147 exhibits higher temperature resistance of up to 230°C with very high stiffness and is shown to be thermally stable for long periods with solvent resistance and dimensional stability.
“We are pleased to further expand our partnership with Nexa3D as Loctite’s portfolio of photo-plastic and photo-elastic materials are well-matched for the higher throughput of the NXE400 3D printer,” says Ken Kisner, head of Innovation for 3D Printing at Henkel. “The Nexa3D team have continued to deliver robust 3D printing solutions, and together we look forward to continuing to deliver an expanded portfolio of production tools, materials, and the validated workflows that the industry requires to realize the full potential of additive production.”
“We believe that our rapidly expanding collaboration with Henkel, now spanning six Loctite materials, coupled with our demonstrated 20X productivity gains achieved by our ultrafast NXE400 3D printer and up to 85% lower total cost of ownership, delivers higher productivity, better extended life functionality and exceptional economics,” says Kevin McAlea, chief operating officer, Nexa3D. “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 from design to production and aftermarket success.”
The three new materials are immediately available through Nexa3D’s growing network of resellers.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.
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