With the goal of expanding the capabilities of its P3™ technology-based Origin® One 3D printer, OEM Stratasys is always looking for new materials that could open up new possibilities in terms of applications. The thing is, the development of ready-to-use photopolymer materials that could achieve injection molding part quality and surface finish requires extensive expertise; an expertise that has sometimes been built over decades.
Specialty chemicals company Evonik that matches these requirements and much more, will now develop photopolymer materials to enhance the P3 platform. The materials producer is currently developing a wide range of photopolymer solutions with other OEMs such as Asiga. In this specific case, the partnership between Stratasys and Evonik starts with the P3 Deflect™ 120, a material that has been validated and tested for reliability on the Origin One printer.
“Feedback from our customers indicated there was a real market need for a strong, high-heat photopolymer in our portfolio,” said Alex Sant’Anna, Director, Additive Manufacturing and Material Solutions – Americas, Evonik. “The bottom line: This new partnership with Stratasys will mean that we can address more applications for Stratasys customers to grow 3D printing in manufacturing.”
Evonik’s tests suggest up to a 10% improvement in strength compared to a competing DLP 3D printer. The ability to print parts for a heat deflection temperature of up to 120 °C addresses a crucial need for materials that are specifically designed to be less brittle at high temperatures. That makes it ideal for applications such as molds used in the manufacturing sector, a press release reads.
“Our new partnership with Evonik reinforces the growth approach for our hybrid materials strategy and the market’s evolving need for validated materials at scale for a growing array of applications,” said Oren Zoran, VP and Head of Product Management at Stratasys.
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