Formnext 2019: DSM showcases success in scaling 3D printing with wide array of partnerships, new materials, and 3D printed applications
At Formnext 2019, DSM will showcase the growth of its 3D printing ecosystem across the additive manufacturing value chain. Over the past year, DSM’s ecosystem expanded with a wide range of new partners, including AMT, Adaptive3D, Briggs Automotive Company (BAC), CEAD Group, CHG, Fortify, Juggerbot 3D, Stratasys, Royal HaskoningDHV, Origin, Twikit, Inkbit and Voxel8. Together with these partners, DSM explores a broad range of new applications including prosthetics and orthotics, automotive, infrastructure, post-processing, and footwear and apparel.
DSM believes expanding its 3D printing ecosystem is critical to unlock the full potential of additive manufacturing. DSM’s ecosystem was further strengthened in 2019 with the launch of the I AM Tomorrow Challenge, a program enabling tech players to build the digital ecosystem to transform additive manufacturing.
Wide range of applications on display
Eyecatchers at this year’s Formnext will no doubt include the BAC Mono R supercar. A combination of the award-winning design expertise of BAC and DSM’s 3D printing expertise, the car illustrates to the traditional automotive industry what lightweight sustainable solutions can be. Another remarkable piece of 3D printing expertise is a four meter 3D printed bridge - codeveloped by DSM, Royal HaskoningDHV and CEAD Group - the next generation of the world’s first polymer 3D printed pedestrian bridge printed earlier this year.
At its booth, DSM will also showcase small-size applications and end-to-end solutions, such as a digital workflow for 3D printed prosthetics and orthotics codeveloped with several partners.
DSM’s booth is organized to reflect four distinct market needs: materials that are ‘structural’, ‘durable’, ‘flexible’, and that ‘optimize/accelerate design’ – and showcases a broad selection of applications across these four categories.
The showcased materials include two materials innovations which help bring DSM’s offering closer to its goal of sustainable manufacturing:
- A glass-reinforced PET material for fused granulate fabrication (FGF) printing, Arnite® AM8527 (G), used in the 3D printed polymer pedestrian bridge.
- The first PBT powder available for selective laser sintering (SLS), Arnite® T AM1210 (P). A well-known material in the manufacturing industry, the powder’s dielectric properties open the door to 3D printing applications requiring electrical insulation. Recyclable and with a high reusability rate, the material presents itself as an attractive solution for environmentally conscious manufacturers.
Overcoming barriers to 3D printing
Hugo da Silva: “DSM’s story at Formnext is one of market focus and material expertise, but it is also a story of collaboration across the 3D printing value chain. Manufacturers today look for a partner who can help scale 3D printing from experimental prototyping to industrial workflows. This requires the ability to navigate the increasingly complex 3D printing landscape. By matching material science, people, and insights, we translate application needs to tailored, end-to-end 3D printing solutions, effectively removing the barriers that prevent manufacturers from adopting or scaling 3D printing and unlocking the full potential of additive manufacturing.”
DSM’s booth at Formnext 2019 is located in hall 12.1, Stand B79. The four-meter bridge is on display in hall 11.0 stand F70 (next to the User Case Area Built Environment – Additive Manufacturing).
On Friday, November 22 2019, Kees van Ijselmuiden, structural engineer at Royal HaskoningDHV, will give a presentation on the development of the world’s first polymer 3D printed, structural pedestrian bridge. The presentation is scheduled to start at 1:45pm local time.