Additive manufacturing offers a speedier development process, faster production, more design freedom and less total cost. 3D printing also allows manufacturers to quickly and efficiently create multiple iterations before final production.
Creating injection molds for relatively low production volumes with fine or detailed features is time consuming and costly, but with digital light processing (DLP) or liquid crystal display (LCD) 3D printing, these barriers are removed. DLP and LCD printing offer fast printing speeds and have a lower cost of entry, making it more accessible to companies looking to transition to additive manufacturing versus traditional manufacturing. Plus, printing molds locally and on demand using DLP or LCD printing reduces unplanned downtime associated with injection mold maintenance.
Covestro has developed Somos® PerFORM HW, a DLP version of its industry-leading Somos® PerFORM, which offers higher stiffness and higher temperature performance that is required for applications such as tools for injection molding. Somos® PerFORM HW is robust and offers high dimensional stability and low warpage. This resin is ideal for applications that require steady performance in high pressure and harsh environments off the printer and in use.
Contact our experts to discuss how Covestro can help you tap into the full potential of additive manufacturing.