Nov 14, 2017 | By Tess

The Dow Chemical Company, a subsidiary of one of the world’s largest chemical companies DowDuPont, has announced its entry into the 3D printing industry with the launch of its EVOLV3D platform for high-performance 3D printing materials.

According to the company, its EVOLV3D family of 3D printing materials will seek to meet customer demands and to overcome existing challenges in prototyping and manufacturing that existing 3D printing materials do not.

Keith Wilson, market segment manager for Dow, said: “The EVOLV3D platform for 3D printing has been developed to respond to the need for versatile, cost-effective and more sustainable materials that effectively address emerging requirements in this fast-growing industry.”

“As a leader in material science, Dow is focused on leveraging our R&D capabilities to develop high-performance materials for 3D printing that will enable greater design freedom, reduce product development cycles and offer unique performance benefits,” he added.

So far, Dow Chemical has announced the first product to be a part of its materials platform: EVOLV3D USM, which stands for Universal Support Material. The new support material can be used in combination with a “broad range” of standard printing filaments (hence the “universal” claim).

The support material, which is water-soluble, enables the printing of parts with large overhangs, complex internal geometries, and deep cavities, says the company. Further, it was developed to retain its structural integrity while the print is in progress—a crucial feature for any support material.

EVOLV3D USM will officially launch early next year.

Dow Chemical Company HQ in Midland, Michigan

“Existing printers use a wide range of technologies and materials,” added Wilson. “Designers are looking for support materials that are easy to use and maximize performance. By taking advantage of the unique properties of EVOLV3DTM USM, it’s easier to create functional, beautiful and high-performing parts using a variety of build materials.”

In addition to its USM material, Dow also announced the development of a 3D printable liquid silicone rubber, which was done in partnership with German RepRap GmbH. Silicone, as we know, is a highly sought after material in the 3D printing industry, and many companies and organizations are working on producing silicone-based or silicone-inspired materials suited for 3D printing.

“More than simply a technological achievement, this material introduces the power and versatility of silicone technology into the realm of 3D printing,” commented Kris Verschueren, the global innovation program manager at Dow Performance Silicones. “Our customers can now combine the uniquely beneficial properties of our silicones with faster prototype development and small series production of highly complex parts.”

For the duration of this week, the Dow Chemical Company will be presenting its new EVOLV3D USM and liquid silicone rubber materials at formnext 2017 in collaboration with German RepRap. Visitors can find the materials being demonstrated at booth D30 in hall 3.1.

 

 

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