International chemical producer Huntsman has launched a brand new vary of supplies particularly for 3D printing.
Marketed beneath the IROPRINT identify, Huntsman’s new supplies can be found for SLA, HSS and FFF applied sciences. Each has been developed in collaboration with end-users and market leaders, with a specific give attention to footwear and sports activities industries. Based on Stephane Peysson, International Enterprise Growth Supervisor at Huntsman Polyurethanes, the brand new IROPRINT portfolio “fills a spot that exists for a spread of useful, sturdy, but softer 3D printing supplies, that are know-how agnostic, and each economical and straightforward to print – no matter your most well-liked manufacturing method.”
“Forward of the launch of the vary, we’ve been constructing relationships with key know-how companions, which in flip work with a few of the greatest footwear manufacturers on the earth,” Peysson added.
“Additional down the road we see big alternatives for our IROPRINT® additive manufacturing supplies in different sectors of the 3D printing market, from parts for the automotive trade to things for Web of Issues (IoT) purposes.”
Huntsman’s 3D printing historical past
Based in 1970, Huntsman produces a variety of chemical merchandise for industrial and shopper sectors. It operates throughout 75 websites in roughly 30 international locations world wide, and employs round 10,000 associates.
As a number one producer on this space, the corporate’s historical past with 3D printing lengthy predates this most up-to-date launch. As a part of its Superior Supplies division, Huntsman used to have the RenShape stereolithgraphy resin and its Digitalis laser-based fast manufacturing know-how. Each of those belongings had been bought by the corporate in November 2011 to 3D Programs Corp. for the worth of $41 million, permitting Huntsman to give attention to different “core aggressive and strategic strengths.”
The corporate additionally has an present relationship with Below Armour, a sports activities model that has since gone on to launch a part-3D printed shoe with main German OEM EOS.
Graphic demonstrating the laser know-how in Huntsman’s Digitalis manufacturing platform circa 2009. Picture through Huntsman
Huntsman IROPRINT supplies
With plans to develop within the close to future, the Huntsman IROPRINT vary at the moment encompasses three product traces:
– IROPRINT R resins for vat polymerization strategies reminiscent of SLA and SLP
– IROPRINT P powders seemingly particularly for top velocity sintering (HSS) as utilized by voxeljet and Xaar, and,
– IROPRINT F filaments for FFF
Each IROPRINT P and IROPRINT F supplies consist, at current, of versatile TPU formulations as used for the fabrication of midsoles and different sports activities gear.
The primary public preview of the IROPRINT vary shall be on the Okay Commerce Truthful for plastics and rubber from 16 – 23 October 2019 in Düsseldorf, Germany.
On its re-entry into this strategic market Peysson concludes, “It’s an extremely thrilling time to be within the additive manufacturing market, with estimates suggesting the sector is about to develop by greater than 20% by 2024.”
As well as, he mentioned, “We stay up for discussing the launch of our IROPRINT® additive manufacturing platform with anybody actively concerned in 3D printing on the principal Okay present in October.”
Potential preview of a Huntsman IROPRINT R resin. Picture through Huntsman
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Featured picture exhibits Stephane Peysson, International Enterprise Growth Supervisor at Huntsman Polyurethanes proclaims the New ISOPRINT vary on the Okay Present preview. Picture through Plastics Tech Mexico
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