Precision and flexibility on an unprecedented level are the hallmarks of both Digital Printing and 3D Printing (the latter also known as Additive Manufacturing). These technologies make it possible to efficiently customize goods to the demands of consumers regarding shape and color, and to individualize their mechanical properties, e.g. their level of hardness and surface structures.
What often is lacking are suitable printing materials that achieve the traits desired in the finished product. A short look at the figures explains this: while there are some 3,000 materials used in traditional manufacturing, only 30 are available for Additive Manufacturing. Covestro is working in close cooperation with other pioneers in various industry sectors to broaden the material basis for Digital Printing and 3D Printing. In this way, our expertise helps to bridge the gap that still lies between the innovative printing methods and their application in series production.