ACEO® - Pioneering 3D Printing With Silicones (3D Printing Europe 2017)

Mrs Katharina Berres, Head of Marketing & Communications

Presentation Summary

ACEO® is revolutionizing the world of additive manufacturing by introducing the world's first real elastomer which can be 3D printed. Proven silicone experts from WACKER developed not only the material, but also software and hardware opening up new opportunities for various industries such as health care, automotive, electronics or even life style goods only to name a few. Protoypes, individualized products, novel designs or "impossible products" (which could not have been produced with any other technology before) can now be manufactured from silicone.
The technology is based on a "drop-on-demand" principle. The print head deposits single silicone voxels on a building platform, which flow together smoothly, forming a homogenous surface. After printing a layer, the curing is activated with UV light. For complex 3D structures a support material is printed throughout the same process. At the end of the printing process, the silicone form is removed from the printer and the environmentally safe support material is easily and quickly rinsed out with water.
The presentation will focus on the pioneering role ACEO® is taking in further developing this unique technology: expansion of the product portfolio with more durometers; R&D corporations in the intriguing field of biomodeling; creation of completely new lattice structures in order to achieve intelligent functionalities. In the end it's all about to inspire the imagination of designers and engineers.

Speaker Biography (Katharina Berres)

Katharina is Head of Marketing & Communications of the ACEO® team. It's kind of a start-up inside Wacker Chemie AG and known for its pioneering technology in 3D printing with silicones. A proven expert in marketing and communication, her career spans more than twelve years in the automotive and chemical industry. Katharina's passion for technology and new opportunities inspires her audience far beyond the 3D printing community.

Company Profile (ACEO - 3D Printing with Silicones)

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ACEO® is a registered trademark of Wacker Chemie AG, a globally active chemical company with some 17,000 employees and annual sales of around €5,3 billion (2015). The portfolio comprises among others more than 3,000 silicone products.
ACEO® is offering a worldwide service for 3D printed silicone parts out of its site in Burghausen, Germany. This is rounded up by development services for design and material; whereas in the Open Print Lab, designers and customers can experience the technology under the guidance of the ACEO® expert team.
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