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Somos® PerFORM Reflect for PIV aerodynamics testing  

In motorsports – as in automotive, rail and aerospace - speed is key. Getting ready for a race, from design to the track you need to be the fastest. Printing your wind tunnel models with Somos® PerFORM Reflect saves more than 30% post treatment. So, you can get your aerodynamic designs onto your vehicle faster - and be more competitive on the track, road, rail or air.

In Formula One, typically a car body is printed at 60% of its normal size for simulation purposes and checked with particle imaging velocimetry (PIV) in critical areas.

Somos® PerFORM Reflect is a new and unique DSM stereolithography material developed specifically for 3D printing parts for wind tunnel testing with PIV. With this innovation DSM again sets a standard in enabling faster aerodynamic design optimizations - in motorsports and beyond.

Somos® PerFORM Reflect produces strong, stiff, high-temperature resistant composite parts that are ideal for wind tunnel testing.

Extensive tests show that the new Somos® PerFORM Reflect reduces post-processing by more than 30% as it eliminates the need for additional PIV coatings. This translates into faster data collection, decreasing overall lead time per design iteration and allowing customers to conduct iterations faster.

Key Benefits

  • Ready-to-use material for PIV wind tunnel testing
  • Faster image processing, higher accuracy wind tunnel models
  • >30% reduction in post-processing time
  • Excellent detail resolution
  • Improved surface quality, faster part finishing
  • Superior high heat properties


  • Wind tunnel testing for aerodynamic design optimization
  • High-temperature testing
  • Electrical casings
  • Automotive housings
  • Tooling
Somos® PerFORM Reflect

User Guide

Access the Somos® PerFORM Reflect User Guide to get a complete overview of how best to handle, process and post-process the material.

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