Composite Resin

DSM Somos (Elgin, IL), has announced the commercialization of NanoTool™, the third generation of Somos ProtoComposite™ materials.

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DSM Somos (Elgin, IL), has announced the commercialization of NanoTool™, the third generation of Somos ProtoComposite™ materials. Heavily filled with non-crystalline nanoparticles, this resin allows for faster processing and reduced finishing requirements that speed part production, as compared to current composite SL materials. It has a flexural modulus of 10,500 MPa, a heat deflection temperature of 260°C (at 0.46 MPa after thermal post-cure) and linear shrinkage of less than 0.001”. NanoTool SL parts demonstrate the best sidewall quality of any composite SL material on the market today. Better sidewall quality reduces the amount of finishing time required to sand layer lines, making NanoTool extremely attractive for applications that require highly finished parts—such as wind tunnel testing for Formula 1, rapid tooling for injection molding, and metal plating for prototyping metal cast parts. In addition to demonstrating better sidewall quality, the resin’s parts are easy to clean once built. Unlike other composite resins that require more extensive time and care to remove residue, a simple water honing process removes any residue left on the surface of the parts.