On May 17, 2019, global material manufacturer Royal DSM partnered with San Francisco ‘s 3D printing startup, Origin. The goal of this collaboration is to develop new materials for additive manufacturing. Specifically, the two entities will focus on optimizing Royal DSM photopolymer materials for Origin’s programmable P3 3D printing platform.
Founded in 2015, Origin is a 3D printing company that has been developing its own additive manufacturing platform called Open Additive Production. The platform includes Origin’s own resin-based photopolymerizable 3D printer P3 with open material compatibility and scalable software. The goal of the platform is to introduce more flexibility and the number of parts produced during the 3D printing process.
“DSM is a market leader in world-class photopolymers with decades of experience in developing unique photoreactive chemicals, and we work together to solve today’s manufacturing challenges for our customers.”
DSM is the third material development company to join the Origin network. In November 2018, chemical giant BASF became the first, and its results include a new line of photopolymers based on the Ultracur3D series. In February of this year, Henkel became the second, working with Origin to validate biocompatible materials, including Henkel’s silicone resins.
Noud Steffens, director of market development at DSM, said: “The quality and surface finish we saw with the Somos®PerFORMHW in Origin’s P3 process is excellent and unparalleled. Origin offers unprecedented levels of control, so users can use Somos®PerFORMHW and others. DSM materials achieve consistent business-grade results.“