DSM introduces new 3D resin

Royal DSM, which has developed a range of materials for 3D printing, has announced a new general purpose acrylate resin, Somos QuickGen 500, designed for digital light processing (DLP) and liquid crystal display (LCD) 3D printing.

Royal DSM has developed this Somos QuickGen 500 resin material for use with DLP and LCD 3D printers.

It’s a colourless resin that’s said to be suitable for functional and general prototyping needs, particularly for semi-flexible applications, and those requiring detailed features or to use its translucency for fluid flow analysis.

It’s said to be more flexible than other resins, but stiffer than elastomers, offering both flexibility and spring back. It performs consistently independent of how quickly force or strain are applied, unlike many flexible materials that show greater influence from the rate of applied force. It’s main advantage is that it allows for relatively quick printing, with DSM claiming that it can be printed twice as fast as similar materials. 

DSM worked with the American company Origin, which has developed an industrial 3D printer called the Origin One, which takes an open approach to materials. Origin has tested the Somos QuickGen 500 with its Origin One printer. Chris Prucha, founder and CEO, Origin: “With the introduction of Somos QuickGen 500, our industry now has a material that pushes the boundaries of 3D Printing, enabling high performance, fast printing, economical parts. This would not have been possible without the combination of material innovation, open material development technology, and tight collaboration between our two companies.”

It’s worth noting that Royal DSM is in the process of selling its additive manufacturing division to Covestro AG for an Equity Value of €1.6 billion. This will include all of DSM’s Resins & Functional Materials businesses. The deal is not expected to close until the first half of 2021. As well as materials for 3D printing, the RFM business also includes resins used for paints as well as optical fibre coatings.

You can find more information on the DSM range of additive manufacturing materials from dsm.com – for now at least – and on the origin one from origin.io.


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