Royal DSM, developer and manufacturer of the Somos product line of UV-curable 3D printing materials, will increase the capacity at its Hoek van Holland production site in the Netherlands to meet increased customer demand.
Somos focuses on developing material for photopolymer-based industrial applications. Bastiaan van Wieringen, Site Manager Hoek van Holland stated: “Expansion of the current production footprint will include new state-of-the-art manufacturing and testing equipment. We have over 30 years of experience at this site producing high-quality, UV-curable products and look forward to supporting the Somos business and their growth objectives.”
Additionally, the company has added Somos Element to their portfolio of additive manufacturing materials. Somos Element is used to produce complex parts for investment casting applications. It has been specifically designed to improve the repeatability and quality of 3D printed patterns with its improved dimensional stability and minimal ash content after burnout. Moreover the new material is antimony-free which allows for use in titanium and other super alloy casting applications.
“Somos Element increases the yield and reduces the amount of re-work needed for super alloy and other high specification parts as a result of its dimensional stability and smooth surface after the burn out process,” said Kevin Zaras, Global Application Specialist Somos. “3D printed patterns with Somos® Element offer increased design flexibility, stronger patterns and less post-processing of the cast part.”