Henkel Joins Origin’s Open Material Network to Enable New Chemistries for Additive Mass Production

San Francisco, CA – February 4, 2019 – Origin, an open additive mass production platform that integrates modular hardware, extensible software, and new materials, announced today that leading specialty materials company, Henkel, has joined Origin’s Open Material Network and is already actively developing materials for Origin’s open platform.

Together the two companies will focus on additive mass production for the medical, automotive, and other industrial sectors. Within a short time, Origin has worked closely with Henkel to validate several materials with market-leading biocompatibility appropriate for medical devices.

Origin works with a network of material partners including BASF, and over the last year have been developing a wide range of commercial-grade materials for its production system, resulting in some of the highest performance and most resilient polymers in additive manufacturing, at prices and print speeds that enable high volume production.

Finger splint printed on Origin with Henkel silicone (design by ibataeva, CC BY 3.0)

Origin’s Programmable Photopolymerization technology (P³) enables many of Henkel chemistries with industry-leading properties, as well as simple post-processing and handling. Origin is pursuing various applications like the medical-grade silicone sample part included below, which has a combination of flexibility, mechanical strength, and biocompatibility. Notably, Henkel’s parent silicone resins have tested to Henkel’s protocols based upon ISO-10993 biocompatibility standards. The potential applications range from medical devices and surgery tools to pre-surgical models, hearing aids, face masks, and other devices.

“We're excited about Origin's open approach and the potential for its platform to accelerate the introduction of new materials that surpass anything available on the market today,” said Philipp Loosen, Head of 3D Printing at Henkel.

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

Visit us at Henkel’s booth #2919 at MDM West to learn more and see samples of the new materials.

About Origin

Based in San Francisco, CA, Origin is an open platform for additive mass production. The company has worked with a network of material partners for over a year to develop a wide range of commercial grade materials for its system, resulting in some of the highest performance and most resilient materials in additive manufacturing, at prices and print speeds that enable high volume production. Origin’s open approach is designed to address the demand for better materials and the customization required by manufacturing partners looking to push 3D printing as a technology for mass production. The company was founded in 2015 and is led by alumni from Google and Apple. Investors include Floodgate, DCM, Mandra Capital, Haystack, Stanford University, and Joe Montana. Learn more about Origin here: www.origin.io.

About Henkel

Henkel operates globally with a well-balanced and diversified portfolio. The company holds leading positions with its three business units in both industrial and consumer businesses thanks to strong brands, innovations and technologies. Henkel Adhesive Technologies is the global leader in the adhesives market – across all industry segments worldwide. In its Laundry & Home Care and Beauty Care businesses, Henkel holds leading positions in many markets and categories around the world. Founded in 1876, Henkel looks back on more than 140 years of success. In 2018, Henkel reported sales of around 20 billion euros and adjusted operating profit of around 3.5 billion euros. Henkel employs more than 53,000 people globally – a passionate and highly diverse team, united by a strong company culture, a common purpose to create sustainable value, and shared values. As a recognized leader in sustainability, Henkel holds top positions in many international indices and rankings. Henkel’s preferred shares are listed in the German stock index DAX. For more information, please visit www.henkel.com.

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