PolySpectra and Keyland Polymer to 3D Print Consumer Goods with Any Color and Any Shape

Materials producers polySpectra and Keyland Polymer ambition to « make the transition into true production-grade additive manufacturing » a reality through their new collaboration.

You may have discovered polySpectra in the 2021 September/October edition of 3D ADEPT Mag, in the main dossier that discusses tangible actions taken by AM companies to tackle climate change. The materials producer is changing the AM world one step at the time with Cyclic Olefin Resin COR, a new chemistry based on its proprietary material, COR. Keyland Polymer on the other hand, develops, formulates, and manufactures UV curable powder coatings that are instantly cured with UV light energy.

By combining their expertise, both partners will provide UVMax® powder coatings to COR Alpha 3D-printed parts. By doing so, they will enable the direct digital fabrication of end-use polymer components for a wide variety of applications.

The surface color and texture of the UVMax® coating can be tailored to make COR Alpha printed parts indistinguishable from traditionally-manufactured polymer products. The color-matching capabilities of Keyland, combined with the versatility of polySpectra’s Cyclic Olefin Resin (COR) family of materials – now enable consumer and industrial brands to adopt a completely new approach to digital manufacturing, a press communication reports.

The coating UVMax® from Keyland would deliver good finish for plastic applications in transportation, light-weighting, building materials, consumer and industrial products. Keyland can develop a wide range of powders to match any supplied color standard. UV powder is an environmentally friendly coating, containing no solvents, VOCs, HAPs, irritating monomers and oligomers. It is safe to use and can be reclaimed and recycled.

Andrew S. Walton, Business Development Manager at Keyland Polymer, shares that “typical additive manufacturing polymers are challenging to coat. The high thermal stability of COR Alpha allows for a thorough and complete coating without the concern of warping or degrading the material.”

Durability: inside and out. 

Both COR Alpha and UVMax® were designed for durability. The high working temperature, toughness, and extreme chemical resistance of COR Alpha is enhanced by the hardness, abrasion resistance, and excellent adhesion of the UVMax® coating. 

As polySpectra’s founder Raymond Weitekamp shares – this new capability is the result of decades of innovation in photopolymer materials: “We have spent years searching for a scalable & durable coating solution that would enable our customers to apply their favorite brand colors to COR Alpha parts. With UVMax®, we finally found the solution.”

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