May 23, 2019
Royal DSM, a global science-based company has partnered with Adaptive3D, an additive manufacturing polymer resin supplier, to help produce, distribute and sell Adaptive3D’s newest product, Soft ToughRubber, a new 3D printable photopolymer. The new material allows manufacturers to explore applications in medical models and consumer products such as audio earbuds and footwear. The partnership will guarantee the availability of the new material in production volumes worldwide, according to the company.
DSM invested in Adaptive3D Technologies earlier in 2019, and now partners with the company to sell, distribute and produce Soft ToughRubber, Adaptive3D’s new material. The material is said to combine the feel and mechanical properties of silicone with the resolution and surface finish that digital light processing (DLP) printing provides.
“This partnership allows us to combine DSM’s global supply chain and strong relationships in key markets with Adaptive3D’s proprietary material innovations”, explains Noud Steffens, market development director, Additive Manufacturing, at DSM. “Yet another example of how DSM’s commitment to build a global additive manufacturing ecosystem offers Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) across the globe access to cutting-edge materials.”
“Aside from new applications in consumer products and medical models, Soft ToughRubber adds to the available materials for manufacturers looking for sustainable options”, adds Walter Voit, founder and CEO of Adaptive3D Technologies. “Thanks to additive manufacturing, we are able to reduce material waste in parts production. DLP printing also uses light instead of heat to cure materials, leading to dramatically lower energy consumption and a lower carbon footprint.”
DSM and Adaptive3D will continue working together closely to explore new applications and develop materials that best meet market needs. The companies will focus on and co-develop materials that enable next-generation soft, flexible and elastic solutions.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.