Combined Expertise from Incubator Businesses Provides New Gasket SolutionsCindy Deekitwong
A new collaboration between incubator businesses within Henkel’s Adhesives Technologies is bringing new industrial solutions to market. Together, Sonderhoff and LOCTITE 3D Printing have combined their expertise to create gasket products that utilize both additive manufacturing workflows, advanced polymer chemistry, and dosing technology. The combination materials and expertise of the two incubators allows for high-performance workflows that facilitates the production of durable end-use parts for our customers.
Using this holistic approach, Henkel can expedite processes for customers, as the incubator businesses offer a joint solution. Instead of facilitating separate inquires, Henkel can coordinate a response across the incubators, resulting in fewer points of intersection for the customer.
There were many steps involved to create these durable end-use gaskets…First and foremost, the LOCTITE 3D Printing team had to determine the best material for this application. LOCTITE 3D IND405 Clear was selected because it is easy to print, while offering exceptional durability and semi-rigid properties. Once the proper material was selected, the part was realized using Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) principals and printed using industrial 3D printers for our OEM ecosystem partners.
After the 3D Printing team had created the shell of the gasket, the Sonderhoff team took the reigns. For this project, Sonderhoff used their FERMAPOR K31,a two-part polyurethane foam-gasket material to align with the application requirements, After the final material selection, it is directly and precisely applied into the 3D printed part using Sonderhoff’s mixing and dosing machinery to finalize the gasket.
“By combining the expertise and the state-of-the-art technologies of two Adhesive Technologies incubators, we have simplified the process of offering customized solutions that fit individual needs.”— Simon Mawson, SVP and Head of 3DP and Sonderhoff Business Incubators.
This project serves as a proof point that Henkel incubator business can provide customized solutions for gasketing applications in a variety of industries, including aerospace, industrial, and medical fields. Due to the highly customizable nature of 3D printing and gasketing application, Henkel incubator business are focused on providing small-scaled, tailored solutions for customers.
If your business has a unique application for 3D printed foam gaskets, please reach out to us by email at email@example.com. We would love to hear from you!
About Henkel Incubators....
Internal incubators support Henkel in building innovative ecosystems for its business units, covering new materials, processes, services, and business models. With LOCTITE 3D Printing, Henkel can provide customized solutions that are not achievable using traditional manufacturing. LOCTITE 3D Printing can provide greater design freedom, light weight advantages, part consolidation, and a much faster time to market. The Sonderhoff system links chemical and technical excellence with creative engineering power in the realm of foam seals, glues and potting. Sonderhoff offers a broad portfolio of technology for customized automated sealing, bonding and potting solutions using Formed-In-Place-Foam-Gasket (FIPFG) technology.