Innovating at the Speed of Imagination with 3D Printing
Dow’s innovative 3D-printing technologies EVOLV3D™ and SILASTIC™ enable product developers to drastically cut time from concept to commercialization
DETROIT, Mich. – May 14, 2019 – Visitors to Rapid + TCT Booth 1673, May 21-23 at Cobo Center in Detroit, will be able to witness firsthand groundbreaking 3D-printing technologies from Dow that enable manufacturing of higher-performing prototypes and custom parts.
SILASTIC™ 3D 3335 Liquid Silicone Rubber, a first-of-its-kind 3D-printable liquid silicone rubber (LSR), makes it possible to 3D-print functional prototypes and customized products with comparable physical and dynamic properties to injection-molded LSR parts. This can reduce the concept-design-testing cycle from months to a matter of days and makes it easy to transfer a prototype design into conventional injection-molding processes for mass production.
SILASTIC™ 3D 3335 Liquid Silicone Rubber can be used for fast prototyping, small manufacturing trials of complex parts, and the creation of new designs and highly customized products. Opportunities for innovation exist across a wide range of applications where typical LSRs are used, including wearable devices, baby care products, customized shoe wear, automotive parts, consumer goods, lighting and complex profiles for the construction industry.
The material was developed in collaboration with German RepRap GmbH, a leading manufacturer of fused filament fabrication (FFF) and liquid additive manufacturing (LAM) 3D printers. At the Dow exhibit, rubber industry expert R.D. Abbott Co., Inc., Inc. will be 3D-printing the material on German RepRap’s new production-ready L280 LAM 3D printer.
EVOLV3D™ Olefin Block Copolymer (OBC) Printing Filament, a new high-performance material enabling the production of lightweight and durable 3D-printed parts, will also be showcased by Dow. The first polyethylene-based build material for 3D printing, this breakthrough filament delivers polyolefin properties, without the issues commonly associated with polypropylene-based printing materials.
These are just two of the numerous technologies Dow is developing to fill gaps in the additive manufacturing landscape and help advance the 3D printing industry of the future.
Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines one of the broadest technology sets in the industry with asset integration, focused innovation and global scale to achieve profitable growth and become the most innovative, customer centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company. Dow’s portfolio of performance materials, industrial intermediates and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of differentiated science-based products and solutions for our customers in high-growth segments, such as packaging, infrastructure and consumer care. Dow operates 113 manufacturing sites in 31 countries and employs approximately 37,000 people. Dow delivered pro forma sales of approximately $50 billion in 2018. References to Dow or the Company mean Dow Inc. and its subsidiaries. For more information, please visit www.dow.com or follow @DowNewsroom on Twitter.
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