Royal DSM, a global, science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living, announced a partnership with Chromatic 3D Materials and German RepRap (GRR). Together, the three partners will ensure that manufacturers across a range of industries have access to the resources and expertise needed to print high-performance, flexible parts using Chromatic’s line of polyurethane (PU) materials.
Despite the advantages of using flexible materials for a range of parts, 3D printing with PU and similar materials can be complex. Together, DSM, Chromatic and GRR aim to pave the way for the widespread, industrial adoption of flexible materials across the additive manufacturing industry. GRR will make its printing equipment and expertise accessible to manufacturers who use Chromatic’s FlexTune line of flexible, high-performance PU elastomer materials, which are flexible, durable and reliable.
Drawing on Chromatic’s experience and DSM’s knowledge of additive manufacturing materials, markets and applications, the complete solution offered by the three partners will enable manufacturers in many industries to benefit from the advantages of flexible, 3D printed materials.
Examples of specific applications that benefit from flexible parts include noise-reducing buffers and mechanical clutches for power transmissions in cars, and gaskets used in train braking systems. Chromatic’s materials have also proven highly successful in the footwear industry for personalized insoles.