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Röchling Direct Manufacturing GmbH

The Röchling Group has been shaping industry. Worldwide. For nearly 200 years. We transform the lives of people every day with our customized plastics: they reduce the weight of cars, make medication packaging more secure and improve industrial applications. Our workforce of around 11,500 people is located in the places where our customers are – in 90 locations in 25 countries. The Group’s three divisions generated joint annual sales of 2.352 billion euros in 2019.

The Röchling Direct Manufacturing Center (RDMC) offers cutting-edge additive manufacturing capabilities and competences which enable holistic and pioneering solutions which boost our customer‘s success in all industries around the world.

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Industrial 3D printing

Industrial 3D printing is today enabling a whole new approach to design. Innovative results are produced by way of parts not previously possible with existing technologies, offering new options for the planning, design and construction of your components. As a leader in plastics processing technology, Röchling was involved at the early stages with additive layer manufacturing processes with which three-dimensional (3D) parts can be produced directly.

Advantages and Areas of Application

Your advantages

The additive layer manufacturing process offers entirely new ways for you to design, construct and make your components. Small batches and prototypes could only be produced with previously available technologies in a very costly process, frequently involving long development times. Design options were also limited in many cases due to technical feasibility. Through the use of selective laser sintering, Röchling can offer you the rapid manufacture of new components for small batches and prototypes as well as the benefit of technical and economic advantages.

Areas of application and functionalities

  • Model making
  • Small batches
  • Customization
  • Freedom of design
  • New geometries
  • In situ manufacturing

Key Facts


Engineers, technicians and specialists


Printing technologies on start-up


Technical facilities for pre- and postprocessing


Modern and fast scaleable Factory Layout

Technologies and 3D printers


Process:Qualified plastic granulate is conditioned in a plasticizing screw and selectively dosed locally layer by layer with a piezo actuator.
Technology:Arburg Plastic Freeforming
Material:plastic (ABS, PC, TPE-u, PP, PLLA, ...)
Application area:hard soft connection
Effective building volume:234 x 134 x 230 mm (XYZ)
Accuracy:± 0,1 mm
Layer thickness:0,2 mm




Process:Liquid droplets are applied locally to a layer of polymer powder. Thereby the heat absorption of the material increases and an infrared source melts the material respectively.
Technology:Multi Jet Fusion
Material:plastic (PA12)
Application area:complex functional components, prototypes, small batches
Effective building volume:380 x 284 x 350 mm (XYZ)
Accuracy:± 0,25 mm
Layer thickness:0,08 mm




Process:Tiny droplets to viscous photopolymer are applied locally layer by layer and gets cured instantly by UV-light.
Technology:Poly Jetting
Material:plastic (PP, ABS-like) in colour
Application area: complex functional components in colour
Effective building volume:490 x 390 x 200 mm (XYZ)
Accuracy:± 0,1 mm




Process:A movable laser beam melts metal powder locally layer by layer to solidify the component.
Technology:Selective Laser Melting
Material:e.g. Tool-Steel and aluminium
Application area:complex metal parts
Effective building volume:Ø 300 x 400 mm
Accuracy:± 0,1 mm




Process:A movable laser beam melts polymer powder locally layer by layer to solidify the component.
Technology:Selective Laser Sintering 
Material:plastics (PA12)
Application area:complex functional components, prototypes, small matches
Effective building volume:200 x 250 x 330 mm (XYZ)
Accuracy:± 0,2 mm




Process:Plastic filament is plasticized in a nozzle unit and gets selectively dosed layer by layer.
Technology:Fused Deposition Modeling
Material:plastic (ASA, ABS,...)
Application area:prototypes, viewing model
Effective building volume:355 x 305 x 305 mm (XYZ)
Accuracy:± 0,127 mm





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