EnvisionTEC and Covestro Partner to Enable 3D Printing Tooling Applications



EnvisionTEC and Covestro announced a “material + printer collaboration” that will focus on enabling 3D printing tooling applications.

The objective of this partnership is to reduce the barriers to entry for companies wishing to use 3D printing for the production of molds for parts with detailed characteristics.

Through their alliance, Covestro has optimized its patented e-PerFORM digital light processing resin for EnvisionTEC 3D printing equipment and showcases the material’s capabilities on the EnvisionTEC Perfactory P4K series at FAST + TCT this week. The combination of the material and the 3D printer is believed to enable injection molding tooling which can meet the dimensional stability and warping requirements required by industry.

Working together, the companies optimized print settings, verified the e-PerFORM resin on the Perfactory 4K series, and tested its performance with key molding institutes. A number of completed molding trials have reportedly demonstrated that the material’s high stiffness and high temperature performance provide similar performance to Somos PerFORM resin for injection molding tooling.

“We have tested the new e-PerFORM resin printed on the EnvisionTEC P4K printer and have shown that we can achieve very good results in terms of part fidelity and number of strokes molded in polypropylene and glass reinforced nylon”, commented Guy Chrétien, Process Project. Manager at Polyvia. “With the cost efficiency and print speed of the P4K platform and with the properties of e-PerFORM resin, this creates additional opportunities for rapid tooling. “

Building on this initial success, the companies are convinced that the combination of their solutions will have a significant impact on injection molding tooling.

“The combination of our P4K printer and Covestro e-PerFORM optimized for our printers enables fast and cost effective production of injection molding tooling,” commented EnvisionTEC CEO Al Sliblani. “Our collaboration resulted in a new and indispensable solution. “

“By working closely with our partner EnvisionTEC, we have developed a material that meets the critical needs expressed in the market: improved dimensional stability and minimal warping for optimal functionality,” added Hugo da Silva, Manufacturing Manager additive at Covestro. “The validation and proven solution of their P4K printers will help accelerate the adoption of additive manufacturing of injection molding tooling. “

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