Shanghai, China – Chinese polyurethane heavyweight Huafon showcased its photosensitive polyurethane resin for 3D printing, which was launched earlier this year, at PU China/UTECH Asia.
The company has pumped CNY100m ($15m) into the material’s development, which started five years ago, the company’s tech manager Xia Yuechang told UTECH-polyurethane.com on the sidelines of the event.
The resin can be made into shoe midsoles, dental moulds, toys and other products by continuous digital light processing. ‘Production by photosensitive 3D printing is much faster than the traditional method using moulds and other equipment,’ said Xia.
Huafon also has an in-house team to build customised 3D models for clients, Xia said.
The company is also putting more efforts into developing bio-based chemicals for lighter materials with high elasticity and high physical properties, he said.
The group’s listed elastane and new materials arm Huafon Chemical estimates its net profit in H1 2021 to range between CNY3.6bn to CNY3.9bn, compared with CNY665m in H1 2020.
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