DSM unveils 2 high-performance materials for 3D printing

DSM, a global purpose-led science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living announced two major product launches that will help accelerate adoption of 3D printing into mainstream production.

With the launch of Somos PerFORM Reflect, DSM is bringing to market a groundbreaking new stereolithography material for wind tunnel testing with PIV (Particle Imaging Velocimetry). By eliminating the need to apply PIV coatings to the printed parts, Somos PerFORM Reflect saves more than 30% post treatment.

With its new thermoplastic copolyester Arnitel® ID2060 HT, DSM offers new possibilities for automotive manufacturers who are looking to 3D print structural parts that can perform in some of the harshest circumstances. Arnitel ID2060 HT is the first 3D printing material to offer a unique balance of flexibility, chemical resistance against EGR and prolonged high temperature resistance, making it ideal for demanding automotive and industrial applications.

In Formula One, typically a car body is printed at 60% of its normal size for simulation purposes and checked with particle imaging velocimetry in critical areas. On parts printed with Somos PerFORM Reflect, manufacturers can eliminate the step of applying PIV coatings. This allows customers to reduce post processing of the parts by more than 30%, thus enabling them to collect data faster, decrease overall lead time per design iteration and conduct iterations faster.

Arnitel ID2060 HT is DSM’s new high-performance Thermoplastic Copolyester for 3D printing using Fused Filament Fabrication. This filament is the first to offer a unique balance of flexibility, chemical resistance against exhaust gas recirculation condensate and prolonged high temperature resistance. This balance of properties makes the filament ideally suited for printing demanding automotive air-fuel and industrial applications.