polySpectra and Keyland Polymer Announce Strategic Partnership to 3D Print Consumer Goods with Any Color
The combination of UVMax® powder coatings and COR Alpha 3D-printed parts will enable a new generation of consumer goods by unlocking any shape, in any color, for any application.
The promise of 3D printing has always been to help innovators to quickly and efficiently make their ideas real. For 3D printing to make the transition into true production-grade additive manufacturing - designers, inventors and engineers need to be able to trust that their printed parts will have the accuracy, aesthetics and durability required to use in their application. We are now making good on that promise.
Today, Keyland Polymer and polySpectra announce a strategic partnership to provide UVMax® powder coatings to COR Alpha 3D-printed parts. This collaboration unlocks a new modular approach to additive manufacturing, enabling the direct digital fabrication of end-use polymer components for a wide variety of applications. The surface color and texture of the UVMax® coating can be tailored to make COR Alpha printed parts indistinguishable from traditionally-manufactured polymer products. The color-matching capabilities of Keyland, combined with the versatility of polySpectra’s Cyclic Olefin Resin (COR) family of materials - now enable consumer and industrial brands to adopt a completely new approach to digital manufacturing.
COR is the core. polySpectra’s family of engineering-grade photopolymers unlock a diverse array of previously impossible additive manufacturing applications. For more than 5 years, the polySpectra team has been collaborating with end-users of 3D printing to refine COR Alpha for applications that require best-in-class thermomechanical performance and durability. From consumer products to medical devices to satellite parts - COR Alpha helps product teams accelerate innovation with advanced additive manufacturing.
UVMax® is the coating. Keyland’s UVMax® provides an excellent finish for plastic applications in transportation, light-weighting, building materials, consumer and industrial products. Keyland can develop a wide range of powders to match any supplied color standard. UV powder is an environmentally friendly coating, containing no solvents, VOCs, HAPs, irritating monomers and oligomers. It is safe to use and can be reclaimed and recycled.
Durability: inside and out. Both COR Alpha and UVMax® were designed for durability. The high working temperature, toughness, and extreme chemical resistance of COR Alpha is enhanced by the hardness, abrasion resistance, and excellent adhesion of the UVMax® coating. (Click through for the technical data sheets for COR Alpha and UVMax®.)
A collaboration of cutting-edge UV curing. As polySpectra’s founder Raymond Weitekamp shares - this new capability is the result of decades of innovation in photopolymer materials: “We have spent years searching for a scalable & durable coating solution that would enable our customers to apply their favorite brand colors to COR Alpha parts. With UVMax®, we finally found the solution.” Andrew S. Walton, Business Development Manager at Keyland Polymer, shares that “typical additive manufacturing polymers are challenging to coat. The high thermal stability of COR Alpha allows for a thorough and complete coating without the concern of warping or degrading the material.”