Covestro introduces Somos® PerFORM HW, a DLP/LCD 3D printing material for tooling

Covestro at Rapid+TCT 2021 trade fair from September 13-15 in Chicago

Covestro's new Somos® PerForm HW resin enables efficient low-volume production using DLP and LCD 3D printing. © Covestro

Materials manufacturer Covestro introduces Somos® PerFORM HW for digital light processing (DLP) and liquid crystal display (LCD) 3D printing at the RAPID+TCT show in Chicago. The resin was developed by the additive manufacturing business acquired from DSM.

Producing molds for low volumes or parts with detailed features is time consuming and costly, though with DLP and LCD 3D printing these barriers are lessened. DLP and LCD 3D printing offer fast printing speeds and a more economical cost of entry, making it more accessible to companies looking to adopt additive manufacturing.

One of the first resins meeting industry-required properties
Until now, no solution was available that met the stringent industry-required properties in terms of dimensional stability and minimal warpage for 3D printing injection mold tooling. Somos® PerFORM HW, based on the stereolithography resin Somos® PerFORM HW fills that gap. Its innovative and patented formulation makes it now possible to print large-scale and functional applications on DLP/LCD printers.

Completed mold trials demonstrate that Somos® PerFORM HW, with high stiffness and high temperature performance, behaves similarly to Somos® PerFORM for injection molding tooling.

Hugo da Silva, Head of Additive Manufacturing at Covestro commented: “By turning to our ecosystem of partners and working closely with EnvisionTEC, we developed a material that not only meets critical needs voiced in the market such as improved dimensional stability and minimal warpage for optimal functionality though we also ensure a processable material and a printer+material solution.” He added: “Customers need the right material for end-use parts though they also want materials that can be processed fast in volume production.”

Visit Covestro (booth E7212) and EnvisionTEC (booth E7501) at RAPID+TCT in Chicago, September 13-15, 2021.

About Covestro:
With 2020 sales of EUR 10.7 billion, Covestro is among the world’s leading polymer companies. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative, sustainable solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. In doing so, Covestro is fully committed to the circular economy. The main industries served are the automotive and transportation industries, construction, furniture and wood processing, as well as electrical, electronics, and household appliances industries. Other sectors include sports and leisure, cosmetics, health and the chemical industry itself. At the end of 2020, Covestro has 33 production sites worldwide and employs approximately 16,500 people (calculated as full-time equivalents).

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