Covestro develops customized polymer materials for 3D

At the Fakuma 2018 trade fair, Covestro will be presenting a complex shock absorber which was manufactured using 3D printing.

For years, Covestro has been developing customized polymer materials for all common manufacturing processes in 3D printing. Thanks to their diverse properties, the filaments, powders and liquid raw materials are suitable for many industries and applications.

At the Fakuma 2018 trade fair from 16 to 20 October in Friedrichshafen, the company will be presenting a demonstrator for a shock absorber at Stand 4206 in Hall B4. The complex part marks another milestone on the way from the creation of individual prototypes to the integration of various functions and mass production.

The unique feature of the shock absorber is the production of the individual parts from three different products and with the aid of three different manufacturing processes.

The adjusting screw inside the shock absorber has to be very strong and hard. For this reason, it is made of filaments of Covestro’s robust polycarbonate material, using the fused filament fabrication (FFF) process. The air chamber in the interior is created from a liquid polyurethane resin. The digital light processing method has proven itself for such components with filigree structures – as in this case as well.