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Advanced stereolithography resin approaches true thermoplastic performance

DSM Somos : 02 November, 2010  (New Product)
Somos NeXt produces parts that demonstrate a combination of stiffness and toughness typical of thermoplastics, yet with all of the high feature detail, dimensional accuracy and aesthetics offered by stereolithography.
Parts produced from Somos NeXt are ideal for use in functional testing applications as well as low-volume manufacturing applications where exceptional toughness is required.

Applicable market segments for Somos NeXt include: aerospace, automotive, consumer products and electronics. It is also highly compatible for producing functional end-use performance prototypes including snap-fit designs, impellers, duct work, connectors, electronic covers, automotive housings, dashboard assemblies, packaging and sporting goods.

'This is a material you need to hold in your hand to fully appreciate,' says DSM Somos Marketing Manager Vince Adams. 'The stiffness/toughness combination produces a look and feel that is so like a thermoplastic, people are really surprised that it's actually stereolithography.'

'Finished Somos NeXt parts perform like an engineered thermoplastic, which means our customers can depend on it for functional testing', says Don Portenga Sales Engineer at Eagle Design & Technology. 'From the speed at the vat, finish time on the floor, to the enthusiastic response form the customer base, Somos NeXt is a home run.'

'The unique combination of mechanical properties is what gives Somos NeXt its key advantage compared with all previous SL resin options,' says Adams. 'We beta tested this material among a group of highly demanding professionals who are extremely familiar with various resin technologies and represent a diverse range of application areas. They agree that Somos NeXt represents a true generational step forward in producing prototyped SL parts as previously not possible.'
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