Huntsman Polyurethanes, which has its headquarters in Everberg, Belgium, is planning to launch a new range of urethanes specifically for 3D printing applications at the upcoming K Show 2019, to be held 16-23 October at Messe Dusseldorf.
The Iroprint additive printing range includes three urethane-based material types, resins, powders and filaments. These can be used in a variety of processes, including stereolithography (SLA), high-speed sintering (HSS) and fused filament fabrication (FFF).
Iroprint R resins offers a range of soft, durable one-component products which can be 3D printed using SLA, digital light processing and other radiation-curing methods.
For companies looking to 3D print with powder-based materials, Iroprint P powders is a line of thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU) for HSS forms of printing.
Iroprint F filaments are TPU materials which offer a consistent diameter. These are for use with FFF processes and other extrusion-based printing methods.
Speaking about the new products, Stephane Peysson, global business development manager at Huntsman Polyurethanes, said: “We looked closely at what makes a good 3D printing material and what’s been missing from the market to date. We believe the launch of our Iroprint additive manufacturing portfolio fills a gap that exists for a range of functional, durable, yet softer 3D printing materials, which are technology agnostic, and both economical and easy to print - whatever your preferred production technique.”
To start, Huntsman will launch a range of soft, flexible, Iroprint materials for the sport footwear sector, where 3D printing is being used to produce customised and mass-produced shoes.
In the longer-term, the company will introduce more Iroprint products for various other applications and industries.
Huntsman will be available at the K Show in Hall 8a, Stand 22.