MUNICH—Wacker Chemie A.G. will open a U.S.-based 3D printing lab later this year, expanding its Aceo printing services for silicone rubber.
The new facility, to be located at Wacker's research and development center for silicones in Ann Arbor, Mich., will be the company's first regional 3D printing lab outside of Germany, according to a Wacker news release. Wacker has set aside a single-digit million-dollar amount for the investment.
The facility comes in response to growing demand for additive manufacturing solutions in North America, Wacker said. The new lab will have two 3D printers, able to process a range of silicone rubber with different Shore A hardnesses and various colors, including FVMQ grades.