Covestro's offer is expanding in the field of resins for 3D printing
By April 1, 2021, the acquisition of the entire resins and functional materials (RFM) sector of DSM, the large Dutch group that deals with products for people and food, was completed. Thus, resins, polyacrylates for paints or coatings, adhesives and additives with a strong ecological footprint become part of the Covestro portfolio. In 2019 this market had a turnover of one billion euros, with a profit of 141 million euros. According to ICIS (Independent Commodities Intelligence Services), the coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers sector will see further growth in 2021, especially for sustainable and innovative products in this segment.
In the field of 3D printing, the range of materials acquired will lead Covestro's offer to cover all the demands of a rapidly expanding sector and to give further impetus to additive technology.
The new resins bring 3D printing into all industries and application fields
Thanks to the acquisition of DSM's RFM department, Covestro is in a dominant position for 3D printing materials.
There is a very large number of thermoplastic polymers in filaments, pellets or powders, all with high technological quality and performance. The new chemists are working above all to shorten printing times and be able to have components with chemical and physical characteristics equal, if not superior, to those conventionally printed.
- Healthcare - Bio-compatible resin can be used for dental prostheses or surgical devices. It is a field in which 3D printing will be increasingly developed because it is useful in crisis events or for the personalization of devices.
- Automotive - 3D printing revolutionizes design and manufacturing. Spare parts can be built quickly and efficiently and components can be produced on-demand, with less waste and at a lower cost.
- Transportation - Spare parts can be created for end use. The new resins have thermal and physical characteristics such as to withstand the mechanical loads and severe environmental conditions to which airplanes, boats and trains are exposed.
- Industrial mechanics - The production lines in industry need to solve failures and problems very quickly. Additive printing represents a great competitive advantage for the industry.
- Investment casting and molds - An alternative to expensive and complex wax or ceramic casting, the plasticity of the resin allows for the creation of complex casting patterns also used in large-scale production such as in the aerospace industry.
- Electronics - In the ultra-fast world of consumer electronics manufacturing, 3D printing is best suited to market needs. It is perfect for designing and making components, houses, internal electronics.
- Clothing and Sports - From footwear to protections, additive printing resins can help sports and lifestyle companies increase production efficiency, reduce costs and meet the growing demand for customization on the market.