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Covestro Opens 3D Printing Lab to Develop New Materials

Polymer company Covestro, focused on manufacturing high-tech polymer materials, has recently set up a new laboratory for 3D printing at its headquarters in Leverkusen, Germany, to develop new materials for all common additive manufacturing processes.

The company currently offers a variety of 3D printing materials including filaments, powders and liquid resins. They are now looking for partners to further advance their developments, as Julien Guiu, who leads the company’s global 3D printing activities, explains: “We want to work with leading partners in the process chain to further advance these developments. These include formulators, 3D printer manufacturers, software companies, service providers and of course OEMs.”

Among the filaments Covestro offers are flexible thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU) as well as high strength polycarbonate (PC). Their PC material is used by filament manufacturer Polymaker, that offers engineering grade filaments including PC-Plus and PC-Max. Additionally, TPU is also offered as a powder for selective laser sintering (SLS) processes.

Covestro has also been developing PU-based liquid resins for stereolithography (SLA), digital light processing (DLP) and inkjet printing.

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