ACEO® – 3D Printing with Silicones

Pioneering Technology

ACEO®'s pioneering technology

ACEO® Imagine Printers
Our Imagine Printers are the result of hand-in-hand development of material, hardware and software at Wacker Chemie AG in Germany. We carefully evaluated all methods to 3D print highly viscous silicone polymers and developed a drop-on-demand solution to ensure complete freedom of design. Our technology is the ideal solution for manufacturing of individual objects as well as serial production.

Tailor-made Materials

Silicone Elastomers
Our silicone elastomers are inorganic synthetic rubbers. They offer a unique combination of chemical and mechanical properties such as hardness or color variation, which they maintain throughout the printing process – a result that cannot be achieved by organic elastomers.
Our 3D-printed silicone objects are comparable with other  methods like injection molding or rapid prototyping.

ACEO® Printing Process

Image showing ACEO®'s IMAGINE printer and groundbreaking technology

The ACEO® technology is based on a drop-on-demand principle. The print head deposits single silicone voxels on a building platform. These voxels merge smoothly into a homogeneous surface. After each layer, the curing process is activated by UV light. A three-dimensional object is printed layer by layer with the use of support material to create complex structures, overhangs or cavities. Once the object is 3D-printed and removed from the building platform, the support material is washed off with water. The object is subsequently post-cured to remove volatiles and achieve the final mechanical properties.

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