Royal DSM, the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company, introduces Somos® PerFORM, the latest composite material for 3D Printing, answering the need for parts that require thermal stability, accuracy and a quick turnaround. Users can achieve maximum accuracy and detail with a reduced processing time with Somos® PerFORM, which is available for 355 nm and 365 nm photopolymer-based machines for 3D printing.
The added durability of Somos® PerFORM allows tooling to be designed with the strength needed to achieve more parts per mold than traditional stereolithography materials used in the injection molding industry.
Based in Cologne, Germany, Toyota Motorsport GmbH handles design, development, testing and production services to the Toyota family, as well as external, independent clients with wind tunnel services, engine testing and electric vehicle development. It runs 10 stereolithography machines and has introduced Somos® PerFORM into the portfolio of materials that it run for stereolithography.
“It has been a fascinating experience to work together on the development and first commercial use of Somos® PerFORM,” says Gerard Winstanley, Toyota Motorsports GmbH, Manager Composites Fabrication and Rapid Manufacturing. “We areexcited about the high-definition detail and side wall quality of the parts, along with its stability and ease of processing in our stereolithography equipment. The advances we have seen with Somos® PerFORM have allowed TMG to break into a new area of the industry and this perfectly illustrates how big of a step DSM has made with this material. Using Somos® PerFORM, TMG is now able to produce tooling for injection molding; combining the cost efficiency and fast production times of traditional additive manufacturing with the accuracy and high definition required in the injection molding industry. This has been made possible through the innovative characteristics of Somos® PerFORM and we are looking forward to sharing these advantages with our customers in the very near future.”