Royal DSM introduces Somos WaterShed Black

Ends requirement of painting or coating after printing

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Somos WaterShed Black, a new stereolithography material

Royal DSM, a global science-based company in nutrition, health and sustainable living, recently announced the release of Somos WaterShed Black, a new stereolithography material based on the proven technology of Somos WaterShed XC 11122. The company claims that the material processes up to 50% faster than other black photopolymers. Due to its truer black color off the machine, the material allows for savings in time and resources related to painting and post-processing.

Somos WaterShed Black is a new stereolithography resin that builds durable, rigid and tough applications in pure black color. The material is easy to use and processes fast and consistently. Based on Somos WaterShed XC 11122, the new black version has an improved formulation that processes up to 50% faster than other black photopolymers. Applications printed with Somos WaterShed Black have a smooth surface finish requiring minimal post-processing, as well as superior moisture and chemical resistance.

Additive manufactured applications, especially in the automotive and electronics industries, are often painted black after being 3D printed, requiring additional time and investment during the production process. Developed to provide a quicker, less costly solution for these applications, Somos WaterShed Black offers fast processing with minimal finishing. Due to its pure, truly black color off the machine, painting or coating after printing is no longer needed. In addition to avoiding the additional process steps, issues like scratching and paint flaking are also avoided.

Any stereolithography application that is currently being printed and then painted black stands to benefit from Somos WaterShed Black. Specific applications include functional automotive or electronic parts, consumer electronics, packaging and prototyping.

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Geoff Gardner, innovations director additive manufacturing at DSM

Geoff Gardner, innovations director additive manufacturing at DSM, commented, “With Somos WaterShed Black, we are addressing the need for a truly black stereolithography material and we are bringing to market a material that processes up to 50% faster into a part with smooth surface finish. We are pleased we can bring manufacturers the technological developments they want to see as they explore the benefits of 3D printing for their business or expand the use of the technology in their design and production processes.

DSM delivers innovative solutions for human nutrition, animal nutrition, personal care and aroma, medical devices, green products and applications, and new mobility and connectivity. DSM addresses with its products and solutions some of the world’s biggest challenges while simultaneously creating economic, environmental and societal value for all its stakeholders – customers, employees, shareholders, and society at large. DSM and its associated companies deliver annual net sales of about Euro 10 billion with approximately 23,000 employees. The company was founded in 1902 and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam.