Covestro, a German manufacturer of high-performance polymers, has launched a new custom 3D printing brand named Addigy®. Debuting at Formnext 2019, Addigy® will focus on providing material solutions used in industrial 3D printing production. This includes polycarbonates, thermoplastic polyurethanes as well as polyurethane-based resins.
Such materials enable personalized properties and specific performances, such as toughness, flexibility, and chemical resistance focusing on applications in sectors like automotive, medical, E&E, and sports & leisure.
Patrick Rosso, Global Head of Additive Manufacturing at Covestro, explains, “With our innovative developments, we are positioning ourselves not only as a problem solver but also as a reliable partner for the supply of larger quantities and for upscaling production processes.”
Addigy: 3D printing with added value
Covestro operates 3D printing laboratories in Leverkusen, Germany, Shanghai, China and Pittsburgh, USA. Within these facilities, the company collaborates with customers to develop and test new material solutions including filaments, powders, and resins.
The newly established Addigy brand is based on three core values: scalability, experience, and innovation. Scalability involves the capacity to upscale lab products and the ability to reliably supply large quantities of materials. The experience calls on Covestro’s knowledge to create tailor-made materials for industrial 3D printing. Finally, innovation aims to solve the present and future problems in manufacturing.
Personalizing plastics for additive manufacturing
An example application of Addigy material is a fully recyclable 3D printed shoe made from a TPU-based powder and filament. The shoe has been designed to be recycled in a single step as old shoes are turned into filaments for new shoes. Covestro states that the materials also offers high rebound as well as abrasion resistance.
Visitors to Formnext 2019 are invited to learn more about the new Addigy materials from Covestro in Hall 12.1, stand E11. Also, learn more about Covestro here.
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Featured image shows a 3D printed liquid insole created by Addigy. Photo via Covestro.