This week, from April 23rd to 26th, North America’s preeminent 3D printing event, RAPID + TCT, is taking place. 3DPrint.com is glad to be here for the many announcements and product unveilings that are taking place…and there are very many. Exhibitors are showcasing a wide array of products, both older and brand new. Science-based company Royal DSM, which specializes in health, nutrition and materials, is demonstrating an expanded portfolio of materials, for both SLA and FFF 3D printing, this week.
Recently, DSM formed a new additive manufacturing business unit which has expanded the company’s collection of materials as 3D printing becomes a larger focus. At RAPID, attendees can see DSM’s heritage Somos materials for SLA and DLP 3D printing, as well as materials for FFF 3D printing such as Arnitel, Arnite and Novamid. Specific materials include the following, as described by DSM:
- Novamid ID 1030-KS is the first material for FFF/FDM 3D printing with a UL 94 V-0 rating, enabling the creation of UL-certified small-series FFF/FDM parts for industrial applications. Target parts include fuse boxes, low voltage switch gears, electronic housings, control gears, casings and connectors.
- Arnitel ID 2060-HT offers a combination of properties that make it ideal for under-the-hood automotive applications such as hot and cold charge air ducts. It is easy to process, allowing manufacturers and OEMs to significantly reduce the development time of engine components.
- Arnitel ID 2045 is a highly flexible thermoplastic copolymer used in electronics, sports and leisure. It is a bio-based material, 50% made from renewable materials, made from rapeseed oil instead of mineral oil. It is ISO and USP tested and well-suited for applications such as mouth guards and other protective gear.
- Somos Taurus is the first SLA material to bring the combination of thermal resistance, mechanical strength and impact performance that so far has only been available in FDM and SLS 3D printing. It is designed for under-the-hood applications.
DSM Additive Manufacturing is heavily investing in bringing new 3D printing materials to the market over the coming months, as well as investigating other 3D printing technologies.
“Providing customers choices in materials and platforms as they select the right approach for their applications is key to accelerate adoption of 3D printing into industrial manufacturing, beyond prototyping applications,” said Hugo da Silva, Vice President of Additive Manufacturing at DSM. “FFF is beginning to burst out of its niche, and DSM has the breadth of thermoplastics materials, the engineering capability, and the understanding of the market to enable additive manufacturing to move into real manufacturing.”
DSM is also announcing a partnership with Ultimaker, as part of the latter’s alliance program. End users will now have access to a broader range of professional applications and will be able to 3D print automatically using preconfigured settings available in Ultimaker Cura. This partnership gives DSM a new route to market, as does its collaboration with Nexeo Solutions 3D for distribution and application development engineering services.
Royal DSM is at Booth #1410 at RAPID. Stop by and see the company’s wide selection of materials, including its newest.
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