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DSM Functional Materials

DSM Functional Materials is a leading developer of formulated coatings designed to address the growing demand for more sustainable, environmentally-friendly and lighter-weight materials.
Formulated coatings for more sustainable, environmentally-friendly and lighter-weight materials

In the electrical & electronics industry, our UV-curable optical fiber materials set the standard for fiber protection and identification worldwide, helping to ensure greater signal reliability and field performance within optical fiber networks.

In industries such as automotive/transportation and medical, our stereolithography materials enable design engineers to more efficiently create and test 3-dimensional prototypes so they can get to market faster with new products.

With more than 40 years of expertise in UV-curable materials development, DSM Functional Materials is committed to bringing the performance benefits of this and other sustainable technologies to industries around the world.

UV-curable optical fiber coatings

UV-curable optical fiber coatings

From gaming to video-on-demand, bandwidth demand is surging worldwide, placing increasing performance requirements on today's optical fiber networks. DSM is helping protect those network investments for the future through next-generation fiber optic coating technology designed to give fiber greater signal reliability and field robustness, and even make higher bandwidths possible.

DeSolite® and Cablelite®

We have been there since the inception of the industry, when our first-generation optical fiber coatings helped make mass fiber production possible. Today, DeSolite® and Cablelite® are the world's top selling brands of UV-curable coatings, inks, and matrix materials - and the industry standard for fiber protection and identification worldwide. From New York to New Delhi, millions of miles of the world's underground and submarine fiber are coated with these patented, high-performance products.

DSM’s newest generation of fiber coatings, DeSolite Supercoatings, have been engineered to help telecommunication network owners get the highest levels of signal reliability and field performance from their optical fiber. In addition to significantly improved microbending sensitivity, DeSolite Supercoatings also demonstrate high reliability in temperature extremes, ensuring a robust solution especially in low temperature environments. Other enhanced performance properties include reduced volatility, faster cure speed and advanced mechanical properties.

Stereolithography resins

Stereolithography resins

In the highly competitive arena of new product development, the right prototyping choice is key to getting to market faster with a commercial success. DSM is the stereolithography materials leader, helping design engineers and service bureaus use stereolithography to quickly and easily create accurate 3-dimensional prototypes that can withstand a variety of testing for form, fit and function.


Somos stereolithography resins are used to directly create prototype parts or small quantity production parts, as well as in the development of precise tooling and other stereolithography applications such as:

  • Concept modeling
  • Rubber molding
  • Investment casting
  • Injection molding

From aerospace and Formula One to the medical and consumer product sectors, there is a Somos resin for just about any application.