The specialty chemicals company Evonik and Australia’s 3D printer manufacturer Asiga are strengthening their collaboration in photopolymer-based 3D printing. Both companies aim to drive forward 3D printing large-scale industrial manufacturing by extending today’s capabilities of photo-curing technologies. Evonik is contributing its expertise in development and manufacturing of ready-to-use photopolymer materials. Asiga, in turn, is bringing its innovative strength in DLP 3D printers with their open material architecture to the joint effort. Evonik will present the entire portfolio of the INFINAM® photopolymers during the AMUG Conference in Chicago, USA.
Exploring infinite 3D applications
“The cooperation with Asiga, once again, confirms the growth approach we are focusing on with our new product line of INFINAM® photopolymer resins launched last year. We are sending an important signal to our customers who will now benefit from an even broader access to our high-performance materials with excellent processability properties on Asiga’s DLP 3D printers to explore new infinite applications,” says Dr. Rainer Hahn, Head of Evonik’s photopolymer market segment within the Additive Manufacturing Innovation Growth Field.
Evonik’s new INFINAM® photopolymers are ready-to-use high-performance formulations that can be processed seamlessly on Asiga’s DLP 3D printers.
Asiga is an innovation driver in desktop stereolithography, launching the world's first LED based DLP 3D printer in 2011. Today the company continues to focus on a range of process monitoring technologies which control part accuracy and production stability across many industries including medical and general manufacturing. Asiga's product line covers a broad range from powerful desktop 3D printers including their MAX series to large format floor standing such as the PRO 4K.
“As we continue to strengthen our open material architecture we are delighted to provide our customers access to Evonik’s new range of INFINAM® photopolymers. Combining the latest material developments in additive polymer science from Evonik with our industrial grade 3D printing hardware creates robust additive manufacturing solutions with endless possibilities”, Graham Turner, Global Operations Manager, Asiga.
New product line of INFINAM® photopolymers
Last year, Evonik introduced first ready-to-use formulations of its new photopolymers product line for industrial 3D printing applications. INFINAM® TI 3100 L leads to high toughness and impact-resistant 3D parts which can withstand strong impact or permanent mechanical effects such as pressing or impact. INFINAM® ST 6100 L is setting-up a new benchmark in the category of high strength polymer resins. It combines tensile strength of 89 MPa, flexural strength of 145 MPa and HDT of 120 °C, and thus fills the material gap in ultra-high strength photopolymers. INFINAM® RG 3101 L combines excellent impact resistance with high-temperature resistance while exhibiting long-lasting thermomechanical performance.
Evonik’s 3D printing activities are bundled in the group’s additive manufacturing innovation growth field. The strategic focus is on the development and manufacturing industrial ready-to-use high-performance materials for all major polymer-based 3D-printing technologies. The specialty chemicals company thus drives 3D printing as a large-scale industrial manufacturing technology along the entire value chain. In this context, Evonik has organized its product range under the new INFINAM® brand.