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DSM and Stratasys forge strategic alliance for stereolithography 3D printing

Geleen, NL, 01 Apr 2019 10:00 CEST

Royal DSM, a global, purpose-led, science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living, today announced it enters into a partnership with global 3D printing technology leader Stratasys. Stratasys, which aims to disrupt traditional 3D printing, enters the stereolithography segment with a new printer, the V650™ Flex. DSM backs this launch with its Somos® materials, relentlessly aiming to expand the offering available to its customer base and to accelerate the adoption of 3D printing.

As part of its alliance with DSM, Stratasys offers customers recipes for Somo stereolithography resins, commercially available directly from the company. This choice is backed by Stratasys’ extensive utilization of Somos verified resins in its service bureau, Stratasys Direct Manufacturing.

By entering into partnership with Stratasys, DSM wants to expand the choice for customers to increasingly meet application performance demands.

Hugo da Silva, VP of Additive Manufacturing at DSM: From the high-performance demands of automotive and aerospace industries to the durability and flexibility requirements of consumer goods, customers worldwide rely on Somos materials to create the highest-performing additive manufacturing prototypes and tools,” said Hugo da Silva. “Stratasys’ entrance into the stereolithography segment is really a game-changer for the industry. Our collaboration allows customers to have greater access and flexibility for development of durable and reliable prototypes and tooling using stereolithography 3D printing.”

The open vat configuration of the V650 Flex stereolithography printer comes with recipes for DSM Somos resins commercially available directly from Stratasys – including:

  • Somos Element: The antimony-free stereolithography resin, specifically designed for producing strong, stable investment casting patterns with fine-feature detail and very low residual burnout ash.
  • Somos NeXt: The resin that provides the accuracy of stereolithography with the look, feel and performance of a thermoplastic.
  • Somos® PerFORM: The material-of-choice for applications that require strong, stiff, high-temperature resistant parts, such as rapid tooling and wind tunnel testing.
  • Somos Watershed XC 11122: A clear solution for designers looking for ABS and PBT-like properties for stereolithography – producing highly detailed, dimensionally stable, optically-clear parts with water resistance.

For more information, please visit stratasys.com