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New Huntsman range addresses emerging needs in 3D printing

Specialty chemicals manufacturer Huntsman has developed a new range of additive manufacturing materials to address what it has called “emerging needs” in 3D printing. 

Three different kinds of urethane-based materials (resins, powders and filaments) make up the new platform, which Huntsman has called Iroprint. Using a variety of additive manufacturing methods, including stereolithography (SLA), high-speed sintering (HSS) and fused filament fabrication (FFF), these materials can be used to produce 3D printed products. 

Among the first products that Huntsman has said companies will be able to print using the materials are footwear, footwear components and sports equipment. The company has said all three Iroprint product lines (resins, powders and filaments) can produce footwear components that have high levels of abrasion resistance, elongation and tear-strength.

Unveiling the platform at the start of July, Huntsman Polyurethanes global business development manager, Stephane Peysson, said: “Our innovation team worked in close cooperation with end-users and industry leaders to develop our Iroprint portfolio. We looked closely at what makes a good 3D printing material and at what’s been missing from the market to date. We believe Iroprint fills a gap that exists for a range of functional, durable, yet softer 3D printing materials, which are technology-agnostic, economical and easy to print.” 
He described this as being “an incredibly exciting time” to be in the additive manufacturing market and quoted estimates that suggest the sector will grow by more than 20% by 2024.

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