On August 8, 2019, Antarctic bears learned from foreign media that Henkel, a leading German chemical company, announced a partnership with SYMPA, a research and development project for developing new materials and stereolithography (SLA) processes for the automotive industry. .
SYMPA’s members include the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Austrian Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT), including the Aircraft Design Institute (IFB), Rapid Shape, Cirp and Joanneum Research.
△Sensitive resin 3D printed object developed by Henkel
SYMPA and SLA
Since 2018, the “Durable Photocurable Materials for Automotive Applications, Production and Plasma Post-Treatment” (also known as SYMPA) project has been designed to address the low mechanical properties, low durability and low stability of SLA materials. .
Therefore, project members are looking to develop a new type of photopolymer with higher long-term thermal and mechanical properties. At the same time, fiber reinforced and surface modification technology of polymers was developed to further enhance the environmental resistance of automotive products.
Hank recently joined Silicon Valley’s 3D printing startup Origin’s open materials network to develop new high-performance photopolymers that provide improved mechanical and thermal durability for SLA technology.
Members of the SYMPA project include:
As part of the University of Stuttgart, the Aircraft Design Institute (IFB) is expanding its knowledge of lightweight construction and composite applications to develop mechanical properties and fatigue-limited fiber-reinforced SLA materials.
Rapid Shape, a manufacturer of digital light processing (DLP) 3D printers, offers its hardware, including Studio-Line HA20 II, HA30 II and HA40 II, for high-speed open additive manufacturing to meet a wide range of materials, customers and environments. condition.
Joanneum Research is one of the largest non-university research institutions in Austria, specializing in the development and application of coating and activated plasma technologies. Therefore, the agency will focus on material deposition, post-treatment and surface modification to improve mechanical and environmental resistance. The controlled wettability and electrical conductivity of the polymer were also investigated.
The German rapid prototyping company Cirp is implementing a technical demonstration of a real automotive structure and improving the design process for SLA components.
SYMPA is scheduled to be completed in 2021 and will develop the SLA toolbox for 3D printing custom solutions for the automotive industry.
△Rapid Shape D20 3D printer
Compiled from: 3dprintingindustry