New digital light processing resin offers fast printing speeds and unique flexibility

Geleen, NL, 2 Nov 2020 14:00 CEST

Royal DSM, a global science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living, today announced Somos® QuickGen 500, a game-changing, fast-printing, general purpose engineered resin for digital light processing (DLP) and liquid crystal display (LCD) 3D printing. The company continues to expand its materials offerings with this flexible DLP/LCD resin.

With fast print speeds, DLP and LCD 3D printing technology offers quick and accurate results. Paired with low capital investment costs, companies looking to switch from traditional to additive manufacturing – and looking to manufacture locally – can more quickly and easily adopt 3D printing with DLP and LCD printing.

DSM introduces Somos® QuickGen 500, DSM’s engineered acrylate resin for DLP and LCD printing. DSM’s acrylate materials include elements specifically developed by DSM making them engineered resins vs. other acrylate resins on the market.

Somos® QuickGen 500 is the go-to resin for functional and general prototyping needs. The time and cost savings offered by DLP or LCD printing due to its printing speed compared to other technologies, paired with Somos® QuickGen 500’s competitive print speeds and price point, make the material a game changer. Its performance offers those using DLP and LCD printing increased productivity while cutting time and costs.

A colorless resin, Somos® QuickGen 500 has a print speed 2x faster than similar materials. Easy to print, the resin prints with accuracy and is ideal for functional and general prototypes, semi-flexible applications, applications with detailed features and – due to its translucency – fluid flow analysis.

Somos® QuickGen 500 offers unique flexibility; it is more flexible than other resins, but stiffer than elastomers, offering both flexibility and spring back. It performs consistently independent of how quickly force or strain are applied, unlike many flexible materials that show greater influence from the rate of applied force.

DSM worked with their ecosystem partner, San Francisco based company Origin, and the developer of Origin One, an open industrial 3D printer with transformative material development tools to develop and test Somos® QuickGen 500.  The combination of DSM’s materials science and Origin’s open system platform allowed for the rapid development of this new material.

Chris Prucha, Founder and CEO, Origin: “With the introduction of Somos® QuickGen 500, our industry now has a material that pushes the boundaries of 3D Printing, enabling high performance, fast printing, economical parts. This would not have been possible without the combination of material innovation, open material development technology, and tight collaboration between our two companies.”

Geoff Gardner, Innovations Director Additive Manufacturing at DSM: “We’re excited to expand our materials portfolio with Somos® QuickGen 500, an engineered resin boasting fast print speeds at an economical cost. DSM continues supporting all manufacturing needs with high performance materials for all 3D printing technologies.”

About Origin

Based in San Francisco, CA, Origin is pioneering the concept of Open Additive Manufacturing, a new way to build based on open materials, extensible software, and modular hardware. Origin One, the company's manufacturing-grade 3D printer, uses programmable photopolymerization to precisely control light, heat, and force among other variables to produce parts with exceptional accuracy and consistency. The company works with a network of material partners to develop a wide range of commercial-grade materials for its system, resulting in some of the toughest and most resilient materials in additive manufacturing. The company was founded in 2015 and is led by alumni from Google and Apple. Investors include Floodgate, DCM, Mandra Capital, Haystack, TDK Ventures, Stanford University, and Joe Montana. Learn more about Origin here: https://www.origin.io

DSM – Bright Science. Brighter Living.™

Somos® is a brand of Royal DSM, a global, purpose-led, science-based company active in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living. DSM’s purpose is to create brighter lives for all. DSM addresses with its products and solutions some of the world’s biggest challenges while simultaneously creating economic, environmental and societal value for all its stakeholders – customers, employees, shareholders, and society at large. DSM delivers innovative solutions for human nutrition, animal nutrition, personal care and aroma, medical devices, green products and applications, and new mobility and connectivity. DSM and its associated companies deliver annual net sales of about €10 billion with approximately 23,000 employees. The company was founded in 1902 and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam. More information on Somos® and DSM’s additive manufacturing activities can be found at www.dsm.com/additive-manufacturing/

For more information

DSM Additive Manufacturing
Mirella Kimpen
+31 6 1177 9305

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