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Henkel Joins Origin’s Open Material Network to Drive Adoption of 3D Printing Technologies beyond Prototyping

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Above: Finger splint printed on Origin’s platform with Henkel silicone/Image Credit: Henkel

Henkel, the German chemical and consumer goods company, joined Origin’s open materials platform to further drive adoption of 3D printing technologies beyond prototyping to end-use parts production.

The two companies together will focus on additive mass production for the medical, automotive, and other industrial sectors. Origin has worked closely with Henkel to validate several materials with market-leading biocompatibility appropriate for medical devices.

Origin, the California-based company, created a new platform with a new and open approach to additive manufacturing that combines open materials, extensible software, and modular hardware. This approach, called Open Additive Production, provides manufacturing customers with the flexibility they need.

The companies have signed an agreement to combine Henkel´s materials expertise with Origin´s printer and software know-how. The partnership has already resulted in novel 3D printing solutions for the medical sector which will be showcased during the upcoming MDM West event.

Henkel aims to further drive additive manufacturing towards the mass production of functional parts across various industries. The company launched a differentiated platform of next-generation resins during the Formnext in November 2018. By joining Origin´s open materials platform Henkel will further intensify the development of customized materials for 3D Printing solutions of final parts.

Speaking on joining Origin’s platform, Philipp Loosen, Head of 3D printing at Henkel, explained, “Our engineering resins respond to some of the most severe limitations for additive manufacturing at scale. We have determined that Origin´s novel programmable photopolymerization technology (P3) offers a complementary technology for our high-performance materials. The partnership has a huge potential to enable a wide range of our resin portfolio for use in additive mass production, especially in the health and wellness sector.”

According to Chris Prucha, founder and CEO of Origin, “We are eager to give customers even more material options in a diverse range of portfolio materials that can take advantage of our (P3) process such as silicones, epoxies, and polyurethanes. We believe our open network approach with Henkel and other strategic partners will fundamentally reshape manufacturing and global supply chains and we look forward to unveiling world-class and industry-defining projects in development with Henkel in the coming months.”

About Henkel: Henkel is a German chemical and consumer goods company headquartered in Düsseldorf, Germany. It is a multinational company active both in the consumer and industrial sector. The company holds leading positions with its three business units in both industrial and consumer businesses thanks to strong brands, innovations and technologies.

About Origin: Founded in 2015 and based in San Francisco, CA, Origin is an open platform for additive mass production. The company has worked with a network of material partners for over a year to develop a wide range of commercial grade materials for its system, resulting in some of the toughest and most resilient materials in additive manufacturing, at prices and print speeds that enable high volume production.


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