DyeMansion paves the way for new materials in powder bed 3D printing
Flexible plastics such as thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) and polypropylene (PP) are gaining relevance and offering a variety of new applications. DyeMansion has therefore developed its VaporFuse Surfacing technology of the Powerfuse S, making it compatible with Lubrizol’s ESTANE ® 3D TPU. Beyond that, post-processing leader DyeMansion announces the upcoming release of the new Powerfuse S PP. At Rapid in Detroit, visitors can learn more and see the TPU parts that have been finished with the Powerfuse S and polypropylene parts of the soon to be released Powerfuse S PP.
A special version of the Powerfuse S and the very first system to smooth 3D printed PP
Preparations for the launch of this new solution are already in full swing. Currently, DyeMansion qualifies customers for the pilot phase. The system is to be officially unveiled at Formnext 2022 later this year. According to market experts who have seen the first parts, the technology behind the Powerfuse S PP already achieves a standard of PP surface quality suitable for industrial use today. Steam polishing improves the mechanical properties of polypropylene parts – the result is waterproof, washable surfaces that are visually and functionally comparable to injection molded parts. This makes completely new applications possible.
Another milestone for VaporFuse Surfacing is compatibility with Lubrizol’s ESTANE ® 3D TPU. This material is characterized by abrasion resistance and high mechanical properties that tend to complicate traditional steam polishing. DyeMansion was able to create a new program for their Powerfuse S system – designed specifically for this TPU. This new program adds another TPU to Powerfuse’s materials portfolio alongside existing TPUs such as those from BASF.
The all-new process is immediately available, minimizing surface roughness; sealing the surface of TPU parts, making them ready for use in areas such as orthotics, automotive applications and many more. At Rapid, visitors can see first-hand one of the first applications using this material – completed with the DyeMansion Print-to-Product workflow: the Quatro prosthetic sock from Colorado-based medical technology company Quorum.
ESTANE ® is a registered trademark owned by The Lubrizol Corporation.
“I am delighted to welcome six new partners in the United States to the DyeMansion Sales Partner platform. The consistent execution of our dealer-centric go-to-market strategy is highly appreciated by our customers around the world. together with our partners, we make end-use part-specific guidance and the respective main DyeMansion Print-to-Product workflow solutions available to all users of additive manufacturing” says Kai Witter, Chief Client Officer at DyeMansion.
DyeMansion is the global leader in post-processing solutions for industrial polymer 3D printing that transform raw 3D printed parts into high-value products. From perfectly fitting eyewear to custom car interiors, their technology makes 3D printed products an integral part of our daily lives. Starting in 2015 with the first industrial coloring solution for powder bed fusion parts, the Munich-based company has expanded its portfolio with advanced parts cleaning and surfacing solutions for a wider range of casting technologies. 3D printing in the field of plastics. Today, DyeMansion’s Print-to-Product workflow combines state-of-the-art hardware with the widest range of color and surfacing options on the market. Their systems are applicable for Industry 4.0 and can be seamlessly integrated into various production processes. The ability to provide a flexible solution for small batches and large volumes makes DyeMansion a trusted partner for future factories. Through close collaboration with customers across all industries, 3D finishing technology and expertise is constantly evolving with the market. Low cost per part, unparalleled quality and high durability are the core values that drive every innovation from the growing company. In addition to these principles, finding the right finish for each application is what drives them.
Source and top image: DyeMansion