Wacker, the Munich-based chemical company, will be showcasing at K 2016, the industrial 3D printer for silicones. The device – called Aceo Imagine Series K – will be in operation throughout the entire tradeshow. The technology uses a drop-on-demand method. The printer head deposits tiny silicone droplets on a substrate. In this way, the workpiece is built up layer by layer. The silicone is formulated so that the droplets flow together before the curing process begins, which is activated by UV light. The droplets and layers thus produce a homo-geneous workpiece, which does not differ much from injection-molded parts. With the aid of water-soluble support materials, it is also possible to create overhang materials and internal lattices. Wacker is currently building its own technology center – the so-called Aceo-campus – near its main site in Burghausen, Germany. In the future, people will be able to test their own product ideas here in an Open-Print-Lab.