Dutch chemicals company Royal DSM has entered into a partnership with San Francisco-based startup, Origin, to develop materials for that company’s Open Additive Production platform.
Launched late last year, the platform aims to provide scalable hardware and software backed up by an open materials network with materials from, among others, leading resin suppliers, including BASF, Henkel, and now, Royal DSM.
Additive manufacturing has traditionally been dominated by closed and inflexible systems with material only available from the printer manufacturer.
With a view to bringing additive manufacturing 'beyond the current confines of prototyping’, as Jason Krikorian of investment company DCM put it, Origin is creating an open ecosystem, enabling expert chemistry and materials partners to develop new chemistries on the platform that will allow companies to scale and meet demand in their market with the material of their choice.
In a 15 May statement, DSM and Origin said they had already been working to optimise DSM's photopolymer material for the ‘programmable photopolymerisation’ (P3) technology developed by Origin.
The technology, according to Origin’s website, turns materials into isotropic parts and products ready for end-use. Somos PerFORM HW will be the first DSM material to join the Origin line-up.
The high-strength, heat resistance material can be used in applications such as aerodynamic modelling and potentially rapid tooling.
“The quality and surface finish we’re seeing with Somos PerFORM HW on Origin’s P3 process are outstanding and unparalleled,” said Noud Steffens, market development director additive manufacturing at DSM.
This, according to Steffens, is due to Origin providing “an unprecedented degree of control” that allows users to achieve consistent commercial-grade results.
“We’re excited that DSM is joining our open network of material partners and broadening the potential applications available to our users,” adds Chris Prucha, Origin’s CEO and co-founder.
DSM, he went on to say, is “the market leader” in photopolymers with decades of experience in developing unique photo-reactive chemistries.
The two companies will be displaying Origin’s printer and Somos PerFORM HW at the upcoming RAPID+TCT tradeshow in Detroit, 20-23 May. Additional materials will become available for Origin’s platform in the coming months.