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Nexa3D and Henkel announce commercial availability of their new SLA 3D Printing Material for Medical Devices

SLA 3D Printing Material
SLA 3D Printing Material
Above: xMED412 is ideal for biocompatible, medical and wearable devices/Image Credit: Nexa3D

Nexa3D, the maker of ultrafast Stereolithography production 3D printers, and Henkel, a leading supplier of high impact functional additive materials, joined hands to develop and also announce the immediate availability of xMED412, a polypropylene-like SLA 3D printing material that is ideal for manufacturing a variety of biocompatible, medical devices and athletic wearables. The xMED412 is entirely based on its Loctite MED412 material and is covered by all of its associated clearances, tests and certifications.

Ken Kisner, Henkel’s Head of Innovation for 3D printing shared his excitement on the new material, saying, “We are thrilled to bring this product to market in collaboration with Nexa3D. We developed and tested with Nexa3D’s NXE400 3D printer a multitude of approved workflows designed to unleash the full potential of xMED412’s outstanding physical properties and biocompatibility. Nexa3D and Henkel have provided a digital manufacturing solution for a growing number of medical devices, athletic wearables and personalized audio products. Especially with regard to the current Covid-19 pandemic, we are pleased that nasopharyngeal swabs manufactured with xMED412 on the NXE400, in accordance with our published procedures, have already been cleared through clinical trials and are in compliance with ISO 10993 testing and FDA Class I Exempt classification.”

xMED412 – SLA 3D PRINTING MATERIAL

SLA 3D Printing Material
Above: Fabrication or replacement of Medical Device Connectors/Image Credit: Henkel

The xMED412 SLA 3D printing material is launched realizing the urgency to bring to market a relevant solution to manufacture COVID-19 related medical devices. xMED412 SLA 3D printing material is developed by Henkel to deliver highly consistent part performance with extraordinary functionality and to be used on Nexa3D’s NXE400 SLA 3D printer.

The xMED412 SLA 3D printing material offers multiple benefits as follows:

  • The medical-grade material is a very strong and durable photopolymer with mechanical attributes similar to polypropylene with fantastic elongation, impact strength, and compression strength.
  • The SLA 3D printing material, xMED412, requires post processing and cleaning in accordance with the company’s recommendations and can be machined, tapped, or polished to deliver desired production finishes.
  • The SLA 3D printing material combines physical properties and biocompatibility of medical-grade materials and is ideal for the production of various devices across industries.
  • xMED412 (SLA 3D printing material) is a lightweight yet sturdy material that comes with inherent insulating properties, designed to withstand impact, moisture and vibration. These highly desirable features and attributes are ideal for devices that might need to be sterilized or disinfected and are shipped around the world for use in homecare and healthcare settings.

Izhar Medalsy, Nexa3D’s chief operating officer shared his views, “We are very excited to jointly bring to market with Henkel a second production-grade material, particularly at this time of persisting requirements for PPE’s and other mission critical devices. This is our second joint material introduction in as many months with Henkel to develop a portfolio of co-branded performance photopolymers through our expanding global channels. We are continuing to jointly address specific high throughput industrial production opportunities leveraging our leading print speed, large build volume and intelligent resin management technology to convert Henkel performance resins into functional parts made on the NXE400 3D printer.”

Medical Device
Above: Door opener/Image Credit: Henkel

Both companies are breaking traditional productivity and functionality barriers associated with 3D printing and are decisively expanding the world of additive manufacturing, allowing customers to create truly functional parts across a wider range of applications.

Happy at the response to the new material, Michele Marchesan, Nexa3D’s Chief Growth Officer commented, “We are very pleased to see the marketplace’s overwhelmingly positive response to xMED412 parts manufactured on the NXE400 3D printer. In the U.S., we quickly qualified and scaled up single printer production capacity to 5400 swabs a day at our Nexa3D flexible factory in support of the ongoing demand for nasal swabs. Elsewhere, we are printing ventilator parts and other medical device parts, including venturis and connectors at productivity and scale, which are fast achieving the new standard for flexible series production.”

To advance the miniaturization of biocompatible, medical devices and athletic wearables, design engineers are incorporating new materials into device designs for added product lifecycle flexibility. For companies that manufacture single-use medical devices, or reusable devices, many critical components need to bend and flex for use on or near a patient’s body. Such components and substrates must be pliable, elastic, and often kink-resistant, which is where the combination of xMED412 as 3D printed on the NXE400 really shines.

xMED412 SLA 3D printing material is available for immediate purchase through Nexa3D’s growing network of resellers. 


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