AMHERST, Mass.—Lanxess' Urethane Systems business unit is extending its research partnership with the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Lanxess will take part in the university's Mechanics and Advanced Manufacturing of Polymers and Composites Cluster beginning in October. The firm said manufacturing technology research and next-generation 3D printing formulations are two important themes at the cluster.
Other focuses at the cluster include: Examining structure-process-property relationships of next-generation materials, new process methods or additives that improve processability and developing new engineering properties.
In the last few years, the cluster has focused on developing novel materials for additive manufacturing. This is an area of research which attracts Lanxess.
"By joining this cluster, we will have access to the most recent technological developments, as well as to unique testing equipment to screen materials for additive manufacturing," said Polina Ware, head of global research and development at the company's polyurethane division. "We will also be part of a broader industrial community in this field."