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Royal DSM introduces Somos® PerFORM, the latest composite material for 3D Printing, answering the need for parts that require thermal stability, extreme accuracy and a quick turnaround. Users can achieve maximum accuracy and detail with a reduced processing time with Somos® PerFORM, which is available for 355nm and 365nm photopolymer-based machines for 3D printing.

“We are thrilled to announce the latest addition to the Somos® product portfolio and the expansion into 365nm equipment,” says Kelly Hawkinson, Global Marketing Manager Somos®. “Somos® PerFORM creates durable parts with dimensional stability, high detail and excellent surface finish that are ideal for the rigorous testing in the automotive and aerospace industries. The added durability of Somos® PerFORM allows tooling to be designed with the strength needed to achieve more parts per mold than traditional stereolithography materials used in the injection molding industry.”

Based in Cologne, Germany, Toyota Motorsport GmbH offers design, development, testing and production services to the Toyota family, as well as external, independent clients with wind tunnel services, engine testing and electric vehicle development. TMG runs 10 stereolithography machines with a large capacity to handle a multitude of requests to deliver wind tunnel parts and even actual bodywork parts for their hybrid high performance race cars. TMG has introduced Somos® PerFORM into the portfolio of materials that they run for stereolithography, a distinct and unique subset of 3D printing.

“Toyota Motorsport GmbH is proud to have such a mutually-beneficial relationship with DSM. It has been a fascinating experience to work together on the development and first commercial use of Somos® PerFORM,” says Gerard Winstanley, Toyota Motorsports GmbH, Manager Composites Fabrication and Rapid Manufacturing. “We are extremely excited about the high-definition detail and side wall quality of the parts, along with its stability and ease of processing in our stereolithography equipment. The advances we have seen with Somos® PerFORM have allowed TMG to break into a new area of the industry and this perfectly illustrates how big of a step DSM has made with this material. Using Somos® PerFORM, TMG is now able to produce tooling for injection molding; combining the cost efficiency and fast production times of traditional additive manufacturing with the accuracy and high definition required in the injection molding industry. This has been made possible through the innovative characteristics of Somos® PerFORM and we are looking forward to sharing these advantages with our customers in the very near future.”

DSM believes that 3D printing is a major change agent for the world creating  brighter lives for people today and generations to come. Somos® Materials move the Additive Manufacturing industry to a new level of performance.  We are dedicated to customer grow in the ever-changing world of 3D Printing and promote this growth through continuous material and application development, encouraging industry collaboration and maximizing customer asset value by providing continuous information and support.

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