In late 2016, Wacker Chemie AG conferred its “Alexander Wacker Innovation Award” on Dr. Frank Achenbach, Dr. Bernd Pachaly, Dr. Maximilian Peter and Dr. Ernst Selbertinger for their development of a new 3D printing process to produce silicone rubber parts. Previously, there was no mature industrial 3D printing technology available for silicones. That is why the process developed by the four WACKER researchers is considered a milestone in additive manufacturing. This year’s €10,000 innovation award, now in its eleventh year at WACKER, focused on process innovation.
WACKER offers services relating to 3D printing with silicone under the ACEO® brand. In a webshop, customers can upload their own designs and order 3D-printed silicone parts. These are then produced in the ACEO® print fab and shipped all around the world. Consultation and development services for the design and manufacture of silicone parts or assemblies round out the ACEO® team’s range of services.
Exhibitor: Wacker Chemicals (South Asia) Pte. Ltd.