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Royal DSM has introduced Somos PerFORM resin at the annual AMUG conference in Tucson, AZ. PerFORM is the latest composite material for additive manufacturing, answering the need for parts that require thermal stability, high 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.
“We are thrilled to announce the latest addition to the Somos product portfolio and the expansion into 365 nm equipment,” said Kelly Hawkinson, Global Marketing Manager Somos. “Somos PerFORM creates durable parts with dimensional stability, high detail and excellent surface finish that are ideal for the rigorous testing in the automotive and aerospace industries. The added durability of Somos PerFORM allows tooling to be designed with the strength needed to achieve more parts per mould than traditional stereolithography materials used in the injection moulding industry.”
Based in Cologne, Germany, Toyota Motorsport GmbH offers 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.TMG runs 10 stereolithography machines with a large capacity to handle a multitude of requests to deliver wind tunnel parts and even actual bodywork parts for their hybrid high performance race cars. TMG has introduced Somos PerFORM into the portfolio of materials that they run for stereolithography, a distinct and unique subset of 3D printing. (Read more about TMG *taken from TCT 22/02*).
“Toyota Motorsport GmbH is proud to have such a mutually-beneficial relationship with DSM. It has been a fascinating experience to work together on the development and first commercial use of Somos PerFORM,” says Gerard Winstanley, Toyota Motorsport GmbH, Manager Composites Fabrication and Rapid Manufacturing. “We are extremely excited 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 moulding; combining the cost efficiency and fast production times of traditional additive manufacturing with the accuracy and high definition required in the injection moulding 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.”