DSM Sharpens Focus on Additive Manufacturing
Royal DSM announces a new approach for its additive manufacturing (AM) activities. The company is now forming an integrated business – DSM Additive Manufacturing.
By aligning all of its AM activities beyond stereolithography (SLA) and Digital Light Processing (DLP), DSM will offer Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) as well as experience from years of research in Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), Multi Jet Fusion, Ink Jet and Binder Jet processes. DSM will initially focus on four market segments in particular: healthcare, transportation, apparel and tools & electronics – all areas on the cutting edge of manufacturing and with strong commitments to AM. The aim is to help customers find exactly the right materials and production systems for their applications.
“Right now, there is a lot of excitement around Fused Filament Fabrication and DSM has a growing portfolio of materials for this technology, including Novamid polyamide and Arnitel thermoplastic elastomer. But we intend to go much further, extending our innovation efforts – supported by technology partnerships and industry collaboration – to develop new solutions for SLS, Multi Jet Fusion, Ink Jet and Binder Jet. We also want to explore new and emerging technologies in AM as they graduate from research, giving us the industry’s broadest solutions portfolio,” says Hugo da Silva, VP of Additive Manufacturing at DSM.
DSM Additive Manufacturing will have a strong focus on R&D and continuous innovation that will enable it to develop a broader, sustainable solutions portfolio. Integral to DSM’s future strategy in AM is what the company calls the ‘ecosystem’ approach. Having partnerships and collaboration as part of the foundation of the new organization allows DSM to provide customers with an open and flexible infrastructure.
DSM has already various collaborations through-out the additive manufacturing ecosystem such as the recent “One DSM” framework technology partnership agreement with Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG), a 100% subsidiary of the Toyota Motor Corporation. The agreement involves all DSM businesses active in supplying materials and technology to the automotive sector – Somos, Engineering Plastics, and also Dyneema ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene fiber.
DSM has also acquired the HP Multi Jet Fusion Materials Development Kit in an effort to jump-start 3D powder development for HP’s Jet Fusion 3D printing solution. DSM plans to collaborate with HP in the development of materials and bring innovative solutions to the market.
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