SHANGHAI—Wanhua Chemical Group Co. Ltd. is cooperating with two Chinese partners on TPU 3D printing for construction molds and related areas.
The polyurethane giant signed an agreement with 3D printing machinery maker Coin Robotics, and XIE Technologies, which specializes in structural design and construction of buildings and bridges.
Under the agreement, Wanhua will supply TPUs, Coin Robotics will develop 3D printing equipment and the manufacturing process, and XIE Technologies will design product prototypes and expand its application in the sector.
A key goal of the partnership is to cut costs and boost customized manufacturing in higher-end construction, Wanhua said.
Coin Robotics was set up in 2018. Its customers are in the building industry, aerospace, wind power and furniture. Its largest machinery has a standard working space of 4m x 1.2m x 1m.
XIE Technologies was formed in 2015, and it consults on and design structures. It also is interested in developing new materials and new construction technologies.