Royal DSM has released a new stereolithography material based on the technology of Somos® WaterShed XC 11122. Named Somos® WaterShed Black, it allows for savings in time and resources related to painting and post-processing thanks to its truer black color off the machine.
The SLA resin enables durable, rigid and tough applications in a pure black color. The materials producer explains this black version has an improved formulation that processes up to 50% faster than other black photopolymers. Applications printed with Somos® WaterShed Black have a smooth surface finish requiring minimal post-processing, as well as superior moisture and chemical resistance.
Additive manufactured applications, especially in the automotive and electronics industries, are often painted black after being 3D printed, requiring additional time and investment during the production process. Developed to provide a quicker, less costly solution for these applications, Somos® WaterShed Black would provide fast processing with minimal finishing. Due to its pure, truly black color off the machine, painting or coating after printing is no longer needed. In addition to avoiding the additional process steps, issues like scratching and paint flaking are also avoided.
Any stereolithography application that is currently being printed and then painted black stands to benefit from Somos® WaterShed Black. Specific applications include functional automotive or electronic parts, consumer electronics, packaging and prototyping.
Geoff Gardner, Innovations Director Additive Manufacturing at DSM, commented: “With Somos® WaterShed Black, we are addressing the need for a truly black stereolithography material and we are bringing to market a material that processes up to 50% faster into a part with smooth surface finish. We are pleased we can bring manufacturers the technological developments they want to see as they explore the benefits of 3D printing for their business or expand the use of the technology in their design and production processes.”
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