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DyeMansion Launches VaporFuse Surfacing Innovation; Expands Business in NA and Alliance with Stratasys

Above: Further developed through process solutions: DyeMansion’s VaporFuse Surfacing System, the Powerfuse S./Image Source: DyeMansion

DyeMansion, the global leader in postprocessing solutions for industrial polymer 3D printing, recently announced two new process innovations and an additional exciting outlook for the Powerfuse S. 

The demand for DyeMansion’s industrial post-processing solutions has grown rapidly. With over 600 systems installed globally, and a third of that in North America, DyeMansion is the clear market leader in its category. Due to the increasing demand for their solutions, DyeMansion has extended their technology hub and operation center at their Austin site, now also including a production facility for all consumables and a warehouse for spare parts

“We are currently seeing strong market growth in North America and are very pleased that we can now serve our American customers even better with our fully operational US office. With eleven people in our US team, our increasing number of sales & production partners and our new partnership with Stratasys are well on our way to creating a colourful future. We are pleased to have Stratasys Direct Manufacturing as a workflow customer now and look forward to handling demanding high-volume projects together”, said Felix Ewald, Co-Founder & CEO of DyeMansion.

Stratasys and DyeMansion: The Strategic Alliance Continues to Bear Fruit

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DyeMansion expands its global partner platform with two new authorised sales partners, AdvancedTech and CATi (both headquartered in Illinois), who now offer DyeMansion products alongside Stratasys technology. Also, DyeMansion’s service provider business is increasing in North America. Stratasys Direct Manufacturing is currently expanding its post-processing capabilities at its Powder Bed Fusion production site in Belton, Texas, adding several new DyeMansion equipment capabilities including the Powershot S and DM60. They expect to launch these new finishes in Q4 of this year.

“We produce thousands of powder bed fusion parts per month, and our current DyeMansion equipment has become invaluable to processing components efficiently,” said Greg Reynolds, Vice President of Operations for Stratasys Direct. “Adding more DyeMansion capabilities to further enhance our capabilities was an easy decision. We look forward to introducing these improved finishes to our customers.”

DyeMansion’s VaporFuse Surfacing process for sealed surfaces is now compliant with FDA’s food contact regulations. The VaporFuse VF47 Eco Fluid solvent can be used for contact with all food types for which the base polymer is both technically suited and authorized. An example of a real food application can be experienced at DyeMansion’s booth at RAPID. The PA2201 part powered by Kuhn-Stoff GmbH & Co KG with five funnels mounted next to each other is used in the production of cookies.

Three ready-to-use parameter sets for different Levels of Smoothing strengths are available for Powerfuse S customers. The so-called “Levels of Smoothing” are Light, Balanced and Strong. All process parameters can also be adapted individually for each requirement of different applications, which makes the Powerfuse S the most customizable and reliable vapour polishing system on the market. As of today, the Levels of Smoothing are available for various materials such as EOS PA 2200, EOS TPU 1301, HP3D HR PA 11/12 and HP BASF Ultrasint TPU 01. More materials will follow.

Exciting Process Outlook: VaporFuse Surfacing of PolyPropylene Parts

Besides these two ready-to-use innovations, DyeMansion also gives another exciting outlook for everyone who wants to vapour polish Polypropylene (PP) parts with the development of an eco-friendly solvent that is biobased and biodegradable. Once again DyeMansion found a solution that fulfils high performance and sustainability standards at the same time.

This solution is currently being validated with different Polypropylene materials and successfully tested for Ricoh PP, HP Ultrasint PP, ALM PP400, VoxeljetPP, AM Polymers PP03, Ultimaker PP (FDM printed), EOS PP1101 and DSM ARNILENE AM6002.

The first results smoothed on a beta version of a Powerfuse S dedicated to smooth Polypropylene can be seen at RAPID exhibition. Be one of the first to get Polypropylene parts treated with VaporFuse Surfacing: If you are interested and have a Polypropylene application, you can contact DyeMansion directly. Application for the Pilot phase starts middle of 2022.


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