DyeMansion’s Powerfuse S PP will be officially revealed at Formnext 2022, but visitors to RAPID + TCT can see finished parts at the show. The technology behind it achieves a PP surface quality standard suitable for industrial use today. Vapor polishing improves the mechanical properties of polypropylene parts – the outcome is sealed, washable surfaces that are visually and functionally on a par with injection molded parts. This makes completely new applications possible.
“We are very happy that we found a way to provide injection-molding like surfaces and enhanced properties through our Powerfuse S PP and we are very much looking forward to seeing the first high-volume use cases soon,” says Felix Ewald CEO and CO-Founder of DyeMansion.
The technical specifications of the special Powerfuse S PP are nearly identical to the current Powerfuse S version. DyeMansion specially developed the solvent for PP materials. It is green as well as biobased and fulfills DyeMansion’s principle of economic sustainability. This new solvent has already been successfully tested with all common PP materials on the market so far from HP, BASF, EOS, ALM, Prodways,AM Polymers or Covestro. Visitors can see parts for themselves at the DyeMansion booth 1920 at Rapid in Detroit from May 17-19.
A new process for smoothing for the Powerfuse S
Another big step for VaporFuse Surfacing is the compatibility with Lubrizol’s ESTANE 3D TPU. This material is characterized by abrasion resistance and high mechanical properties which tend to complicate traditional vapor polishing.
DyeMansion has been able to create a new program for their Powerfuse S system –specifically for this TPU, which adds another TPU to Powerfuse’s material portfolio alongside existing TPUs such as from BASF.
The process is available immediately, reducing surface roughness to a minimum; sealing the surface of TPU parts making them ready to use in fields like Orthotics, automotive applications, and many more. At Rapid, visitors can see firsthand one of the first applications using this material – finished with the DyeMansion Print-to-Product workflow: the Quatro Prosthetic Sock from the Colorado-based medical tech company Quorum.
For DyeMansion, finishing is not just about single surface finishing products, but about providing users with a complete, fully integrated workflow. In addition to the various surface finishing solutions such as the Powershot S and the Powerfuse S, trade show visitors will also be able to experience DyeMansion’s solutions for depowdering and dyeing “live and in color.”