Geleen, Netherlands – DSM and Chromatic 3D Materials of Golden Valley, Minnesota have become 3D print partners.
The companies will develop thermosets for 3D printing finished manufactured goods.
According to DSM, thermosets, including polyurethanes, can offer adaptability, durability and resilience. These properties are not available from thermoplastics typically used in 3D printing, it adds.
The two companies will jointly develop thermoset materials for 3D printing applications. The first products to be rolled out will include industrial-grade soft and durable thermosets.
Both companies are developing a broader portfolio of products for footwear, automotive electronics, healthcare, electronics and tooling.
‘Additive manufacturing or 3D printing technology has the potential to fundamentally change the way products are manufactured. It can offer consumers personalised and customised products currently not feasible,’ said Hugo da Silva, DSM’s vice president of additive manufacturing.
‘This requires that manufacturers have a choice of the best combination of material, printing process and software. With this partnership with Chromatic, we can offer our customers industrial-grade thermosets currently not available for additive manufacturing.’