Somos® NeXt: The best of both worlds
DSM's game-changing Somos® NeXt material provides the accuracy of stereolithography with the look, feel and performance of a thermoplastic. It’s a true win-win for our customers.
Do you need a durable part for functional testing that also has excellent feature detail and accuracy? Somos® NeXt delivers these benefits to a wide range of industries including aerospace, automotive, medical consumer products and electronics.
Somos® NeXt helps you truly take product design to new heights, with a look and feel almost indistinguishable from finished traditional thermoplastics but with a toughness, durability and accuracy not traditionally seen in SL resins.
By using this unique SL resin our customers produce a range of functional testing applications and low-volume prototypes that save significant amounts of time, money and materials.
Somos® NeXt helps our customers produce tougher prototype parts than those made with standard SL resins.
Our solution is especialy ideal for functional end-use performance prototypes including snap-fit designs, impellers, duct work, connectors and electronic covers, automotive housings and dashboard assemblies, packaging and sporting goods – including lacrosse sticks (see below).
Industry segments we serve with this solution include aerospace, automotive, consumer products and electronics.
“This is unlike anything we’ve seen before from stereolithography…DSM has delivered a resin that truly looks, feels and performs like a thermoplastic. We were amazed.” So says Tom Burns, product manager at Warrior Sports.
The leading American sports equipment supplier specializing in ice hockey and lacrosse wanted to find a smarter way to prototype a new lacrosse stick head. Enter its SL supplier, Eagle Design & Technology Inc, who suggested they try Somos NeXt.
The prototype was truly put through its paces, from wind tunnel testing to having lacrosse players shoot the hard rubber ball at speeds of up to 90mph. “We were able to simulate in-game scenarios of repetitive throwing and catching at high speeds where the prototype performed almost like a production head,” said Tom Burns.
Proof positive that Somos® NeXt is a game-changer. Literally…