A material toolbox to unleash the power of 3D printing
The core high-performance material types of Covestro – polyurethane and polycarbonate – are both being used in 3D printing. This enables Covestro to act as a forerunner in tapping into the technology’s full potential across industries worldwide. We develop novel print materials that support a multitude of desired properties such as hardness, heat resistance, transparency, and flexibility.
When used in common 3D printing methods, they show decisive advantages over conventional materials: they cut mold costs, reduce development times, and offer manufacturers considerable design freedom. In this way, our polyurethane chemistry offers our customers and partners a flexible toolbox for 3D print materials. Polyurethane is very versatile in particular and can be adapted to achieve many desired properties. Our current developments focus on further design optimization, greater functionality, and, first and foremost, expansion into industrial mass production. For this purpose, Covestro operates special laboratories for 3D printing in Pittsburgh, Shanghai, and at our company headquarters in Leverkusen. Together with our partners we use these labs to develop material solutions and test them under authentic conditions.