Royal DSM announced a partnership with Adaptive3D, an additive manufacturing polymer resin supplier. DSM will help produce, distribute and sell Adaptive3D’s Soft ToughRubber, a 3D printable photopolymer.
The new material allows manufacturers to explore applications in medical models and consumer products such as audio earbuds and footwear.
DSM invested in Adaptive3D Technologies earlier in 2019 and partners with the company to sell, distribute and produce Soft ToughRubber. The material will enable innovation in anatomical medical models as well as in wearable electronics or consumer products such as audio earbuds. The material combines the feel and mechanical properties of silicone with the resolution and surface finish that Digital Light Processing (DLP) printing provides.
At the RAPID+TCT additive manufacturing conference in Detroit, DSM and Adaptive3D will showcase Soft ToughRubber in their booths (#303 and #2141, respectively).
DSM and Adaptive3D will continue working together to explore new applications and develop materials to meet market needs. The companies will focus on and co-develop materials that enable next-generation soft, flexible and elastic solutions. These will create new possibilities for innovative applications in footwear, textiles, automotive and electronic appliances, amongst others.