THE WOODLANDS, Texas—Global chemical company Huntsman Corp. will put a focus on additive manufacturing and the needs of a growing, but still young, branch of the plastics industry during K 2019 this year in Duesseldorf, Germany.
Stephane Peysson, global business development manager at Huntsman polyurethanes said during a K preview event July 3 that the company has developed a new range of additive manufacturing materials that officially will launch at the show, and be marketed under the brand name Iroprint.
The new additive manufacturing platform is "technology agnostic," Peysson said, and contains three different kinds of urethane-based materials—resins, powders and filaments—which can be 3D printed using a variety of additive manufacturing methods including stereolithography, high speed sintering and fused filament fabrication.
The company initially is targeting the global footwear and sports industry, where a trend for 3D printing for both customized and mass manufactured shoes is unfolding. All three Iroprint lines—Iroprint R resins, Iroprint P powders and Iroprint F filaments—have been optimized for the production of footwear components. Longer-term, Huntsman, based in The Woodlands, plans to roll out its Iroprint additive manufacturing platform out across a much wider range of applications and industries.