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Additive Manufacturing

DSM breaks speed records for wind tunnel testing with Somos® PerFORM Reflect

Geleen, NL, 13 Nov 2018 10:30 CET

DSM, a global purpose-led science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living today announced Somos® PerFORM Reflect, a groundbreaking new DSM stereolithography material for wind tunnel testing with PIV (Particle Imaging Velocimetry). By eliminating the need to apply PIV coatings to the printed parts, Somos® PerFORM Reflect saves more than 30% post treatment.  
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Vent cover used for PIV windtunnel testing, printed in Somos® PerFORM Reflect

Somos® PerFORM Reflect is a groundbreaking, new DSM stereolithography material developed specifically for 3D printing parts for wind tunnel testing with PIV (particle imaging velocimetry).

Faster design iterations

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. On parts printed with Somos® PerFORM Reflect, manufacturers can eliminate the step of applying PIV coatings.

This allows customers to reduce post processing of the parts by more than 30%, thus enabling them to collect data faster, decrease overall lead time per design iteration and conduct iterations faster.

Setting new speed records - and industry standards

"Speed is crucial, whether in automotive, aerospace or other transportation design. Eliminating the need to apply PIV coatings is a major breakthrough for customers who are using PIV wind tunnel testing. It allows them to speed up their aerodynamic design optimizations," said Hugo da Silva, Vice president of Additive Manufacturing at DSM. "We are thrilled that our strategy of focusing on helping customers create their applications have enabled us to deliver such tremendous value. Overnight, Somos® PerFORM Reflect will not just set new speed records but new industry standards."

Somos® PerFORM Reflect utilizes new patented technology that allows for reducing and even eliminating much of the finishing work required with traditional materials. Based on DSM’s industry standard Somos® PerFORM, the new resin demonstrates all the performance attributes that customers rely on such as low viscosity, low settling, fast processing and high stiffness and heat resistance.

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Vent cover used for PIV windtunnel testing, printed in Somos® PerFORM Reflect

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Windtunnel testing with Particle Imaging Velocimetry

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Hugo Da Silva, Vice-President of Additive Manufacturing at DSM

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