Tethon Corporation Inc. (Tethon 3D) announces issuance and publication of the company’s U.S. patent number 11,126,088 “Photopolymer Development Resin Base for Use with Three-dimensional Printer” on September 21, 2021. Genesis resins are used as a composite matrix to create materials for ceramic AM via stereolithographic processes.
The patented product line is manufactured by Tethon 3D under the commercial name “Genesis”, a group of photo-curing polymer resins for use in the formulation and full-scale production of materials for SLA and DLP 3D printing materials.
Pure Genesis is not suitable for 3D printing, but with the addition of solid powdered material, it enables printing as a polymer composite. Countless types of materials and composite powders are potentially printable. Twelve claims regarding the base resin formulation are included in the patent described broadly as “the photopolymer development resin base functions as a binder precursor material with the capacity to accept solid powder or liquids for UV printing.”
“Genesis is a line of multiple resins,” explained Tethon 3D CTO Greg Pugh. “By formulating an evolving line of resin bases that accomplish specific goals, like high loading and physical flexibility, it allows for a border range of solid materials to be added into the Genesis line. The Tethon team and other material developers can use Genesis in potentially infinite ways to develop specialty materials that perform specific applications.”
Since 2016, when first introduced, Genesis has facilitated R&D, as well as the production of custom 3d printing resins in hundreds of facilities. Formulations incorporating alumina, zirconia, silica, silicon carbide and hydroxyapatite materials into Genesis are desirable for aerospace, automotive, metal casting, jewelry, dental, electronics and biomedical industries.
“We’ve found that companies in the semiconductor industry want to use the same powder they use in traditional manufacturing methods as they adopt additive manufacturing,” said Trent Allen, Tethon CEO. “Dental labs want to use the same zirconia powders used in milling, and defense firms want to use the same ceramics, carbides, and metals they have successfully sent to space since the 60’s. Our Genesis line of resins is trusted by hundreds of customers and over a dozen in the Fortune 500 to make UV material manufacturing more accessible.”
Tethon 3D manufactures Genesis at their facility in Omaha, Nebraska. The company holds patents related to 3D printing materials, 3D printing processes and 3D printer hardware.