Huntsman bolsters 3D printed footwear with new additive materials

  •  United States of America
  •  Jul 18, 2019
  •  By WFB Bureau
Huntsman bolsters 3D printed footwear with new additive materials

Global chemical company Huntsman has taken a leap in 3D printing with the development of a new range of additive materials. Branded IROPRINT®, these urethane-based materials (resins, powders and filaments) can be 3D printed using a variety of additive manufacturing methods including stereolithography (SLA), high speed sintering (HSS) and fused filament fabrication (FFF).

To be used across wide range of applications from components for the automotive industry to objects for Internet of Things (IoT) applications, company’s new additive material, primarily, IROPRINT® R resins, characterized as soft and flexible will be used in global footwear and sports industry, where 3D printing is seeing a boom.

Currently, all three IROPRINT lines – Iroprint R resins, Iroprint P powders and Iroprint F filaments, have been optimized for the production of footwear components. IROPRINT® R resins are a range of soft, durable, one-component liquid resin systems that can be 3D printed using SLA, digital light processing (DLP) and other radiation-curing methods.

IROPRINT® P powders are a line of high performance thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU) for HSS forms of printing. And, IROPRINT& reg; F filaments are a collection of high performance TPU materials, which have a consistent diameter, and are designed for use with fused filament fabrication (FFF) and other extrusion-based printing techniques.

Easy to use and print, Texas-based company also offers advanced abrasion resistance, elongation and tear strength with these materials. For radiation-cured forms of printing such as SLA or DLP, IROPRINT® R resins also offer a long pot life and quick cure capabilities.

Global Business Development Manager of Huntsman Stephane Peysson said, “IROPRINT® additive manufacturing product portfolio has been a result of efforts and hard work put together by our innovation incubation team along with inputs from end-users and industry leaders. 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.”

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