What Really Matters: Materials
Together with 3D software, materials are a key ingredient to unlocking the full potential of 3D printing for manufacturing. Larger material companies are now investing significantly to cater to the rapid adoption and evolution of 3D printing technologies. Thus the AM industry drives the development of new materials which can offer better performances and also higher degrees of sustainability.

3D printing materials include four major families. Polymers refer to thermopolymers, which react to heat by melting, and photopolymers which react to light by hardening. To a lesser extent, 3D printable polymers also include silicones, and thermosets, which solidify when heated. Metals include pure metals (such as steel, iron titanium, aluminum, nickel). In addition they can include precious metals as well as a new superalloys. These are available for 3D printing in powder form or – in some cases – in wire form.

Other materials with great potential for 3D printing include advanced ceramics, like zirconia and alumina or traditional silica sand. Finally, 3D printing technologies and material manufacturers can focus specifically on composites. This family of materials includes carbon fiber and glass fiber with polymer matrices. Composites in 3D printing can take many forms.

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WACKER is an independent and globally active company.
  • We produce and sell chemical products,
  • and engage in scientific research.
  • We are a leader in our core fields, which include semiconductors, polysilicon, polymers, silicones and specialty chemicals.
  • We offer environmentally sound, energy-conserving and market-oriented solutions.
  • We stand for innovative chemical products and advanced methods.
  • We are committed to ecological and social responsibility.
WACKER SILICONE With a range of over 3,000 silicone products, WACKER SILICONES ranks among the world’s largest manufacturers of silanes and silicones. We are also the market leader in key subsegments. Our product portfolio ranges from silanes through silicone fluids, emulsions, elastomers, sealants and resins to pyrogenic silicas. Thanks to their highly diverse properties, silicones offer virtually unlimited potential for intelligent, customized solutions in numerous sectors. Key application areas include engineering, electronics, chemicals, cosmetics, textiles and paper.
WACKER SILICONES’ wealth of products, experience and expertise enables us to offer you complete, customized solutions. Cooperating closely with customers, we develop new products and innovative production processes to help you cut costs and optimize your business. To this end, we provide lab support for product formulation and approval, and for scale-up to full production. We also assist you with the development of supply-chain and packaging strategies.
WACKER POLYMERS offers customers a technologically sophisticated range of polymeric binders and additives – along with customized services – based on highly developed production processes, continuous innovation and a global network of dedicated specialists.

The Advantage of an Integrated Ethylene Production System

In an integrated production process developed over a period of 80 years, WACKER uses ethylene to produce VAM (vinyl acetate) and VAE (vinyl acetate-ethylene); these are then turned into a variety of products, many of which are market leaders in numerous applications. WACKER produces all the required intermediates itself, and by-products are reused intelligently. Consequently, WACKER's supply chain is relatively independent in terms of raw materials and is designed to conserve natural resources and save energy, making it unique on the market.

Initiator in Industry

WACKER POLYMERS has been a trendsetter on a number of fronts, including the development of polyvinyl butyral and polyvinyl alcohol. As a protective colloid, the latter is an essential component of dispersible polymer powder, which was also developed by WACKER and has revolutionized the building industry. The precursor of dispersible polymer powder gave rise to innovative VAE dispersions, which are leaders in paint, adhesive and textile applications.

Partner for Customers

A network of native-speaker specialists and technical centers support customers around the world with the optimization and development of formulations; for example, to make food packaging safer, construction materials more efficient, colors more brilliant and coatings more resistant, as well as to enhance the performance of adhesives.
WACKER BIOSOLUTIONS is the Group’s life science division. Based on advanced biotech processes, it offers tailored and innovative solutions and products for the food, pharmaceutical and agrochemical industries. Our extensive product range includes fermenter cysteine and bioengineered cyclodextrins – premium oligosaccharides marketed under the CAVASOL® and CAVAMAX® trademarks. A key specialty is the contract manufacturing of pharmaceutical proteins (biologics) via microbial systems. Polyvinyl acetate solid resins, fine chemicals and complex organic building blocks for synthesis round out our portfolio. Worldwide, we can offer you complete, customized solutions for this product portfolio while taking advantage of the synergies in two of our areas of expertise – biotechnology and fine chemicals.
Continuously striving for top performance, we manufacture high-quality products and solutions, provide excellent service and so maximize the benefits for our customers. High standards – in business ethics and safety – during our dealings with customers and employees are an integral part of our business practices, as is environmental protection. Applications range from foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals, household products, cosmetics and personal care to industrial and specialty chemicals.
WACKER POLYSILICON Products, Facts & Figures The creation of a supply of mainly renewable energy sources is one of the 21st century's major challenges. In this respect, the sun and the wind play an essential role in a future energy mix. The key raw material for manufacturing solar cells is polysilicon – the purest material to permit large-scale production worldwide. Being an industrial-scale producer of hyperpure polysilicon since 1959 has made WACKER a pioneer in this growth market.
Setting a high standard of product quality and process sustainability, WACKER POLYSILICON is a major technology driver and leading supplier of high-purity polysilicon. Alongside solar technology, the semiconductor-electronics sector is another promising area in which polysilicon plays a vital role. There is thus an ever-growing worldwide demand for polysilicon. For this reason, WACKER is constantly expanding its production capacities. Hyperpure polysilicon gives our customers a crucial competitive edge throughout the solar supply chain and serves as a central starting point for added value in semiconductor electronics.
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