DyeMansion Showcasing Print-to-Product Workflow at RAPID, Bringing 3D Print Finishing Technology to US


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Munich-based startup DyeMansion, known for its unique post-processing technology for SLS 3D printed parts, developed the first coloring system for powder 3D printed parts in the world back in 2015. The company has been growing by leaps and bounds since then, going from eight original colors to over 400, making its first official visit to North America for AMUG last year, and bringing its DM60 coloring system to Silicon Valley, which helped it make good on US expansion plans.

“DyeMansion started to reach out to the North American 3D-printing market in 2017, visiting AMUG and RAPID + TCT in Chicago and Pittsburgh,” Pia Harlaß, Marketing, DyeMansion, tells us. “Winning the German Accelerator Tech program and preparing DyeMansion the US market in Silicon Valley during summer 2017 was their next step.”

Under Armour 3D printed mid sole

Last year, DyeMansion announced partnerships with Shapeways and EOS, and also showcased its three-stage Print-to-Product workflow, for depowdering, surfacing, and coloring, at formnext; after first using this innovative solution in its Eindhoven facility, Shapeways was the first customer in the US to benefit from it.

DyeMansion has been busily preparing for its move to the US market, making a name for itself in the industrial 3D printing industry by entering into large-scale manufacturing projects with global companies like Under Armour and Daimler to meet the growing demand for quality coloring and finishing solutions.

Daniel Stroh

“Our first customers and projects proved the need for manufacturing ready post-processing solutions to close the gap between rapid prototyping additive manufacturing at an industrial scale,” Daniel Stroh, Managing Director, DyeMansion North America, tells 3DPrint.com. “I am really looking forward to developing the industry and explore innovative applications.”

Now, the startup has officially announced its North American presence by launching DyeMansion of North America, and premiering its Print-to-Product workflow, at RAPID + TCT in Fort Worth this week.

Harlaß tells 3DPrint.com, “Finally, we’ll show our whole ’Print-to-Product’ workflow there for the first time in the US and introduce our presence here.

“The DyeMansion Print-to- Product workflow is a complete end-to- end solution transforming 3D-printed raw parts into high-value products.”

DyeMansion family (L-R): DyeMansion Powershot C, DyeMansion DM60, DyeMansion Powershot S

The startup’s three-step Print-to-Product workflow is targeted towards industrial 3D printing environments. It consists of three automated systems, all of which are on exhibit and available to order for purchase at RAPID this week, that can take 3D printed raw parts and transform them into high-value products:

  • Powershot C, an automated blasting machine that removes excess powder from parts with a rotary basket that eliminates the need for parts to be handled and significantly reduces post-processing time.
  • Powershot S, an automated surface finishing machine that uses a blasting technique called shot peening to close pores and improve surface quality of parts.
  • DM60, an automated coloring system for finished parts, complete with DM60 Reservoir add-on that allows black dye cartridges to be re-used for five dyeing cycles by recirculating wastewater.

Daimler 3D printed spare parts (L-R): injection molded part, SLS part finished with DyeMansion technology.

“After Shapeways, our first US customer, decided to implement our industrial finishing systems into their production lines, other US companies followed quickly,” explains Stroh. “Now, we are happy to officially announce our local presence in North America. This is a key strategic step for DyeMansion entering this market and puts us even closer to our customers to further jointly develop the 3D-printing market.”

Gottinger functional leg prosthesis

Global 3D printing leader EOS, one of DyeMansion’s partners, has been using the workflow in its Krailling, Germany headquarters for a year now, and has also installed the three systems in its North American headquarters in Texas. DyeMansion’s finishing technology works with SLS printing, but also with all other industrial powder bed 3D printing technologies, like HP‘s Multi Jet Fusion.

Miguel Diaz, the Vice President of Prototype Operations for Goproto, said, “We are a service bureau operating multiple HP Multi Jet Fusion printers and are pleased to have DyeMansion’s Powershot C blaster to support our high-volume production of functional parts.”

The Print-to-Product workflow has also been used for customer applications such as customized knife handles by Neiff and Gottinger‘s functional leg prosthesis.

DyeMansion is also in the process of setting up a US solution center that will provide customers with easy access to its technology through an on-demand finishing service.

Tomorrow at RAPID, DyeMansion’s CTO and co-founder Philipp Kramer will be presenting on how to use the startup’s technology to achieve “high-value products out of 3D-printed raw parts,” and showing some case studies from the automotive and eyewear industries for support.

Neiff customized knife handles

Visit DyeMansion at its booth #942 to learn more.

Discuss this and other 3D printing topics at 3DPrintBoard.com or share your thoughts below. 

[Images provided by DyeMansion]


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