Austin, Texas — Evonik Industries AG has opened a new technology center for 3D printing in Austin.
The site will "play a key role" in Evonik's development of materials for powder bed fusion, technology acquired when Evonik bought Austin-based Structured Polymers Inc. in early 2019, the company said in a July 16 news release.
The facility has an application technology laboratory with 3D printers and a processing area, a research and development laboratory, production rooms and office areas as well as meeting rooms.
"The new technology center continues the success story of Structured Polymers under the umbrella of Evonik," Thomas Grosse-Puppendahl, head of the additive manufacturing innovation growth field at Evonik. "We have now created the necessary framework to establish this advanced technology for the production of 3D printable polymer powders on the market."
Evonik had a relationship with Structured Polymers through investments prior to its acquisition, and had seen potential in the special polymer powders developed by the company, officials with the Essen, Germany-based Evonik said.
Vikram Devarajan, managing director of the 3D printing center in Austin said it will be "sending an important signal to our partners in the region that we can now better support them with new technological opportunities in materials development right in their own backyard."