Partnership to accelerate stereolithography material innovation

Somos WaterClear Ultra 10122 is an optically clear stereolithography material that produces colorless, functional and accurate parts that simulate an acrylic appearance
Stratasys Direct Manufacturing has partnered with Somos to give companies building 3D printed parts easier access to newer and more advanced stereolithography (SL) materials. The move is said to double Stratasys Direct Manufacturing’s SL production capacity, allowing the company to deliver large projects more rapidly, and accelerate material development.

“We made this move to meet customers’ strong demand for Somos materials that the rapid prototyping services industry wasn’t fulfilling,” said Chuck Alexander, director of Product Management for Stratasys Direct Manufacturing. “We’re excited to build on Stratasys Direct Manufacturing’s legacy of stereolithography excellence by giving customers materials that have the power to enable more life-changing innovations.”

The companies will collaborate to beta test Somos materials before they hit the market. The agreement is claimed to give the market access to the industry’s most extensive Somos materials offering, enabling a nearly limitless number of prototype applications.

Melissa Lutz, business director Somos, said: “Stratasys Direct Manufacturing’s customers have already used Somos materials in some exciting and potentially life-saving applications, like customised and intricate heart models that improve the safety and efficacy of surgical procedures, so we’re eager to see what incredible SL parts users develop next.”

Tom Austin-Morgan

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