Materials

Henkel joins Origin’s Open Additive Manufacturing Platform to develop materials for mass production

Origin, a silicon valley additive manufacturing startup, has announced that Henkel, a German chemical manufacturing enterprise, has joined its Open Material Network. As such, Henkel joins BASF, a German chemical company, in Origin’s platform which aims to develop additive manufacturing materials for mass production.

The Open Additive network combines modular hardware systems, open materials compatibility and extensible software with the goal to enable 3D printing at high volume. It is hoped that the partnership will result in a range of materials intended for additive mass manufacturing for sectors including medical and automotive.

Chris Prucha, founder and CEO of Origin said, “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.” 

A robotic suction cup 3D printed on Origin's platform with Henkel silicone. Photo via Henkel.
A robotic suction cup 3D printed on Origin’s platform with Henkel silicone. Photo via Henkel.

3D printing biocompatible medical devices at volume

Founded in 2015, Origin began as a 3D printing bureau. The company has since developed its own additive manufacturing system as part of an Open Additive Production platform.

On the platform, Origin has been working with Henkel on the validation of biocompatible materials. Included in this category are Henkel’s silicone resins, themselves based upon ISO-10993 biocompatibility standards.

Origin’s photopolymerization 3D printing systems, called P3, will enable Henkel’s biocompatible resin with medical grade properties, as well as post-processing and handling. The potential applications of the material range from surgery tools to hearing aids.

Philipp Loosen, Head of 3D Printing at Henkel, stated, “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.” 

Finger splint 3D printed on Origin’s platform using Henkel silicone. It was printed according to ISO-10993 biocompatibility standards. Photo via Henkel.
Finger splint 3D printed on Origin’s platform using Henkel silicone. It was printed according to ISO-10993 biocompatibility standards. Photo via Henkel.

Additive Manufacturing for mass production

To accelerate the industrialisation of additive manufacturing, 3D printed materials are continuously being developed for end-use products. Therefore, activity focused on scaling additive manufacturing to mass production levels remains a constant source of news.

For example, metal AM systems developer Triditive, welcomed Elnik Systems to its SCALADD consortium to help ready for mass metal additive manufacturing.  

Examples of mass produced 3D printed products for end-use include Adidas and Carbon’s recent iteration of the Y-3 4D runners. The shoes are made using a 3D printed midsole and were mass produced for the consumer market. MOREL and ININITAL have also collaborated on a consumer application of 3D printing in the eyewear industry. The mass produced lightweight 3D printed glasses were made using INITIAL’s 3D printing services.

Henkel and Origin will showcase result of the partnership at MD&M West this week.

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