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DyeMansion launches Powerfuse S PP for industrial surface quality

The company also tunes VaporFuse Surfacing technology for compatibility with Lubrizol's ESTANE 3D TPU

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DyeMansion has made its Powerfuse S post-processing system compatible with Lubrizol’s ESTANE 3D Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) by tuning DyeMansion’s VaporFuse Surfacing technology. Dyemansion has also announced the forthcoming release of the new Powerfuse S Polypropylene (PP).

The preparations for the launch of this new solution are already in full swing. Currently, DyeMansion is qualifying customers for the pilot phase. The system is to be officially revealed at Formnext 2022 later this year. According to market experts who have seen the first parts, the technology behind the Powerfuse S PP is already achieving a PP surface quality standard suitable for industrial use. Vapor polishing improves the mechanical properties of polypropylene parts. The outcome is sealed, washable surfaces that are visually and functionally on a par with injection molded parts – paving the way for completely new applications.

“One of the biggest limitations in additive manufacturing is material availability. Enabling the industrial use of PP will be a big driver for further growth in our industry. We are very happy that we found a way to provide injection molding-like surfaces and enhanced properties through our Powerfuse S PP and we are very much looking forward to seeing the first high-volume use cases soon”, said Felix Ewald, CEO, and CO-Founder of DyeMansion.

The technical specifications of the special Powerfuse S PP are nearly identical to the current Powerfuse S version. DyeMansion specially developed the solvent for PP materials; it is biobased and fulfills DyeMansion’s principle of economic sustainability. This new solvent has already been successfully tested with all common PP materials on the market – from HP, BASF, EOS, ALM, Prodways, AM Polymers, and Covestro.

DyeMansion's Powerfuse S PP achieves industrial-level surface quality. The company also tunes VaporFuse Surfacing technology.
Quatro Prosthetic Sock Inlay – produced out of Lubrizol ESTANE 3D TPU with HP Multi Jet Fusion and finished with DyeMansion’s VaporFuse Surfacing technology in the Powerfuse S

Another big step for VaporFuse Surfacing is the compatibility with Lubrizol’s ESTANE 3D TPU. This material is characterized by abrasion resistance and high mechanical properties which tend to complicate traditional vapor polishing. DyeMansion has been able to create a new program for their Powerfuse S system – designed specifically for this TPU. This new program adds another TPU to Powerfuse’s material portfolio, alongside existing TPUs such as from BASF.

The brand-new process is currently available, and reduced surface roughness to a minimum; sealing the surface of TPU parts – making them ready to use in fields like orthotics, automotive applications, and many more.

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