Covestro pushes for industrial mass production with 3D printing technology
Covestro is currently developing a comprehensive range of filaments, powders and liquid resins for all common 3D printing methods, the company announced at its Pre-K press conference.
“We market products with a variety of properties like toughness and heat resistance as well as transparency and flexibility that support a number of new applications,” said Dr. Markus Steilemann, Chief Innovation Officer at Covestro. “Covestro’s efforts will make a key contribution to advancing the use of 3D printing in industrial mass production. We believe the material data now need to be integrated into the software used on 3D printers so that component structures can be further optimized.”
Covestro recently opened a new laboratory for 3D printing at its headquarters in Leverkusen, Germany. The lab will soon be receiving additional equipment and is used by the company and its partners to develop material solutions and test them under practical conditions.
“We want to work with leading partners in the process chain to further advance these developments,” explained Julien Guiu, who leads Covestro’s global 3D printing activities. “These include formulators, 3D printer manufacturers, software companies, service providers and of course OEMs.”
Covestro offers a broad choice of filaments for the fused filament fabrication (FFF) process, from flexible thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU) to high strength polycarbonate (PC).
The company also offers TPU powders for selective laser sintering (SLS), in which a laser beam is used to sinter the material. Spatial structures are thus created layer by layer.
New materials are also being developed for stereolithography (SLA), digital light process (DLP) and inkjet printing.