The Dow Chemical Company

2200 Salzburg St
Midland,  MI  48640-8531

United States
800-248-2481
http://consumer.dow.com
  • Booth: 1673

Dow's EVOLV3D™ printing technology is a portfolio of innovative products developed to respond to the need for versatile, cost-effective, and more sustainable materials that effectively address emerging requirements in this fast-growing industry. One such example of this is their 3D-Printable Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR), developed to combine the performance benefits of silicone rubber with the design and processing advantages of liquid additive manufacturing (LAM).

As a leader in materials science, Dow is focused on leveraging their R&D capabilities to develop high-performance materials for 3D printing that will help enable greater design freedom, reduce product development cycles, and offer unique performance benefits.

Joining Dow is R.D. Abbott Co., Inc. (RDAbbott), an authorized supplier and materials science partner for Dow that provides premium elastomers with simplified logistics.

Together, they will showcase technologies, including L280 LAM 3D printer from German RepRap using Dow’s SILASTIC™ 3D 3335 Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) and Olefin Block Copolymer.

*In the Asia-Pacific region, EVOLV3D™ is known as IMAGIN3D™ printing technology.


 Press Releases

  • Dow’s breakthrough liquid silicone rubber plays a key role in the development and success of ECCO Shoes’ QUANT-U footwear customization project

    Dow, a global leader in silicone elastomer science, innovation and service, is a key presenter at ECCO Shoes’ Spring-Summer preview press events, on January 29 and 30 in Tokyo, Japan.

    Danish shoe designer ECCO, Dow and French software company Dassault Systèmes are introducing the QUANT-U footwear customization project to industry experts, journalists, department stores, and footwear trendsetters from across the Asia-Pacific region.

    QUANT-U is an experimental footwear customization project by the Innovation Lab (ILE), ECCO’s independent cross-disciplinary design studio. This project is creating a new paradigm for shoe fit, comfort and performance. A breakthrough 3D-printable liquid silicone rubber from Dow has played a pivotal role in QUANT-U’s development and success.

    This first-of-its-kind service combines the customer’s individual biomechanical data, SILASTIC™ 3D 3335 Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) from Dow and additive manufacturing (3D printing) to produce silicone midsoles customized to the wearer’s foot shape and natural movements. The entire process takes place in-store and takes less than an hour to complete.

    SILASTIC™ 3D 3335 Liquid Silicone Rubber
    A breakthrough material developed by Dow, SILASTIC™ 3D 3335 Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) is specifically formulated to combine the performance benefits of silicone elastomers with the design and processing advantages of liquid additive manufacturing (3D printing). It has a low viscosity for smooth printing and a unique rheology for high resolution and accuracy.

    In ECCO’s customized shoe midsoles, the exceptional elasticity and recovery of SILASTIC™ 3D 3335 LSR optimizes energy return, cushioning and foot stability. The midsoles are odor-free and do not contribute to bacterial growth. They are water-repellent, yet breathable; are extremely durable; are machine washable; and have a long service life, even in adverse environments.

    Ideal for the production of highly customized parts and “made-for-me” products like ECCO’s QUANT-U silicone midsoles, SILASTIC™ 3D 3335 LSR also excels in fast-prototyping applications and small manufacturing trials of complex parts. Mechanical properties of the final 3D-printed structures closely match those of molded LSR components.

    Collaborative innovation
    The QUANT-U project was an intense two-year collaboration bringing together ECCO’s more than a half-century of footwear industry knowledge and Dow’s 70+ years of silicone elastomer experience.

    "The QUANT-U collaboration showcases one of the infinite opportunities SILASTIC™ 3D-printable liquid silicone rubbers are opening up for designers seeking part design flexibility and the processing advantages of additive manufacturing along with the performance advantages of silicone rubber," said Charlie Zimmer, global marketing director for silicone elastomers with Dow Performance Silicones.

    IMAGIN3D™ printing technology by Dow
    SILASTIC™ 3D 3335 LSR is one of the latest additions to Dow’s IMAGIN3D™ printing technology portfolio. This growing collection of innovative 3D printing technologies was created by Dow to expand design freedom and help reduce product development cycles and to offer distinct performance benefits to product designers, manufacturers and end users.

    SILASTIC™ ‒ One of the world’s most trusted brands
    SILASTIC™ brand silicone rubber, which was first introduced commercially in 1945, has a long history of innovation and success. SILASTIC™ silicone elastomers are known today for their effectiveness in consumer goods, automotive, electrical, industrial and other demanding applications where performance, reliability, safety and aesthetics are essential.
    Additional information about silicone elastomers from Dow is available at consumer.dow.com/si-rubber.

    About Dow Performance Silicones
    Dow Performance Silicones, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company, delivers a portfolio of performance-enhancing solutions to serve the diverse needs of customers and industries around the world. The business uses innovative silicon-based technology to provide solutions and ingredients to customers in commercial construction and high performance building, consumer goods, silicone elastomers, and pressure sensitive industries. As a global leader in innovation and silicone technology, we are committed to bringing new and proven solutions to the market that do more for our customers and continue to improve the lives of consumers worldwide. Visit consumer.dow.com to learn more.

    About Dow
    Dow combines science and technology knowledge to develop premier materials science solutions that are essential to human progress. Dow has one of the strongest and broadest toolkits in the industry, with robust technology, asset integration, scale and competitive capabilities that enable it to address complex global issues. Dow’s market-driven, industry-leading portfolio of advanced materials, industrial intermediates and plastics businesses deliver a broad range of differentiated technology-based products and solutions for customers in high-growth markets such as packaging, infrastructure and consumer care. Dow is a subsidiary of DowDuPont (NYSE: DWDP), a holding company comprised of Dow and DuPont with the intent to form three strong, independent, publicly traded companies in agriculture, materials science and specialty sectors. More information can be found at dow.com.

    For further information, please contact:
    Cathy Yang
    +1 (989) 496.6965
    Cathy.Yang@dow.com

    Guillaume Artois
    +1 (989) 633.4573
    GArtois@dow.com

  • R.D. Abbott Co., Inc. (RDAbbott), a full-service elastomers supplier and materials science company, will demonstrate a revolutionary L280 LAM 3D printer in The Dow Chemical Company booth #1673 at RAPID + TCT 2019 in Detroit, Michigan, from May 20 to 23.  Attendees seeking greater design possibilities, finer controls, and significantly faster times-to-market are invited to learn more.

    The LAM 3D printer that RDAbbott will showcase was developed in collaboration with its supplier partners German RepRap GmbH, a leading German manufacturer of 3D printers, and Dow Performance Silicones, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company. German RepRap’s first production-ready L280 LAM 3D printer uses Dow SILASTIC™ 3D 3335 liquid silicone rubber (LSR), a material with physical and dynamic properties that have been proven to match those of molded LSR. This supports an easy transition to injection molding processes for high-volume manufacturing.  

    German RepRap’s patent-pending 3D printer prints successive layers of LSR in a process comparable to the fused filament fabrication (FFF) method. Each layer of silicone is then fully cross-linked through thermal cure. German RepRap’s LAM platform, combined with Dow’s 3D-printable SILASTIC™ 3D 3335, is capable of printing functional prototype parts for high-volume manufacturing. This innovative LAM 3D printer is also ideal for highly customized parts for small manufacturing trials. Examples include complex geometric shapes with overhangs, to larger, less-detailed parts.  

    For more information about RDAbbott’s participation at RAPID + TCT 2019, visit https://rdabbott.com/news/rapid-tct-2019/.

    About R.D. Abbott Co., Inc.
    R.D. Abbott Co., Inc. (RDAbbott) is a full-service, materials science supplier that’s been serving the rubber industry since 1948. They are staffed with rubber industry experts, equipped with comprehensive testing laboratories, and stocked with leading elastomeric products in warehouse locations throughout North America. To learn more, visit www.RDAbbott.com.

    About German RepRap GmbH
    German RepRap GmbH, headquartered in Feldkirchen near Munich and originally founded as German RepRap Foundation (GRRF) in 2010, is a German manufacturer of industrial 3D printers “Made in Germany.” The company develops and produces 3D printers based on RepRap technology (fused filament fabrication) and markets them in combination with software, filaments, and accessories – directly as well as through a worldwide network of qualified distributors. German RepRap was the first company in Germany to introduce a RepRap-based large-capacity 3D printer for professional applications, the X400. The product line keeps expanding and includes 3D printers for professional use in product development, prototyping, model and mold construction, architecture, and design with a maximum print area of 1000 x 800 x 600 mm (39.4” x 31.5” x 23.6”). Customers around the world include large industrial companies in many sectors, such as automotive, aeronautics, medical devices, machinery and plant engineering and many more, as well as designers, architects, artists, universities and colleges. Visit www.germanreprap.com to learn more.

    About Dow Performance Silicones
    Dow Performance Silicones, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company, delivers a portfolio of performance-enhancing solutions to serve the diverse needs of customers and industries around the world. The business uses innovative silicon-based technology to provide solutions and ingredients to customers in commercial construction and high-performance building, consumer goods, silicone elastomers, and pressure sensitive industries. As a global leader in innovation and silicone technology, we are committed to bringing new and proven solutions to the market that do more for our customers and continue to improve the lives of consumers worldwide. Visit consumer.dow.com to learn more.

    About Dow
    The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) combines science and technology knowledge to develop premier materials science solutions that are essential to human progress. Dow has one of the strongest and broadest toolkits in the industry, with robust technology, asset integration, scale and competitive capabilities that enable it to address complex global issues. Dow’s market-driven, industry-leading portfolio of advanced materials, industrial intermediates, and plastics businesses deliver a broad range of differentiated technology-based products and solutions for customers in high-growth markets such as packaging, infrastructure, and consumer care. Dow is a subsidiary of DowDuPont (NYSE: DWDP), a holding company comprised of Dow and DuPont with the intent to form three strong, independent, publicly traded companies in agriculture, materials science and specialty sectors. More information can be found at www.dow.com.

    For further information, please contact:
    Amy Congo
    +1 (562) 373-6945
    acongo@RDAbbott.com


 Products

  • EVOLV3D™ OBC - Olefin Block Copolymer
    EVOLV3D™ OBC filament is a high-performance build
    material that enables the production of lightweight and
    durable 3D printed parts, with excellent remoldability
    for an extended lifespan....

  • Key Benefits:
    -Excellent printability
    -Faster start-up
    -Less fine tuning of printing parameters
    -Improved part dimensional stability
    -Lighter weight parts offer higher durability
    -Chemical resistance enables new applications
  • SILASTIC™ 3D 3335 Liquid Silicone Rubber
    SILASTIC™ 3D 3335 Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) is a groundbreaking silicone
    material formulated specifically to combine the performance benefits of
    silicone rubber with the design and processing advantages of liquid additive
    manufacturing (LAM) 3D printing....

  • SILASTIC™ 3D 3335 Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) is a two-part (1:1 mix ratio) platinum-catalyzed, thermoset liquid silicone rubber designed specifically for 3D printing.

    This groundbreaking material is formulated to combine the performance benefits of silicone elastomers with the design and processing advantages of additive manufacturing.

    Suitable for use on a wide range of liquid additive manufacturing (LAM) 3D printers, SILASTIC™ 3D 3335 LSR is one of a growing number of innovations in Dow’s 3D printing technology portfolio.

    Benefits

    3D printing with SILASTIC™ 3D 3335 Liquid Silicone Rubber can help optimize your supply chain and eliminate the need for injection-molding machines and tooling. It also can speed up the time to market for new articles in a manner that cannot be achieved through conventional technology.

    • Delivers performance benefits of silicone elastomers
    • Properties of 3D-printed parts are comparable to injection-molded components
    • Transfers easily to injection-molding processes for high-volume manufacturing
    • Expands design options
    • Reduces product development time

    Applications

    • Fast prototyping
    • Small manufacturing of complex parts
    • Creation of customized parts and/or new designs
    • Applications where typical LSRs are used
  • German RepRap L280 LAM 3D Printer
    German RepRap’s first production-ready L280 Liquid Additive Manufacturing (LAM) 3D printer using Dow’s SILASTIC™ 3D 3335 Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR). Learn more at https://rdabbott.com/news/rapid-tct-2019/....

  • German RepRap’s first production-ready L280 Liquid Additive Manufacturing (LAM) 3D printer using Dow’s SILASTIC™ 3D 3335 Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR).

    This revolutionary LAM 3D technology was developed in collaboration with German RepRap GmbH, a leading German manufacturer of 3D printers, and Dow Performance Silicones, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company. The LAM printer prints successive layers of LSR in a method comparable to the fused filament fabrication (FFF) process, then each layer of silicone is fully cross-linked through thermal cure.

    German RepRap’s LAM platform, combined with Dow’s 3D Printable SILASTIC™ 3D 3335, is capable of printing functional prototype parts for high-volume manufacturing and is ideal for highly customized parts for small manufacturing trials. Further, the material’s physical and dynamic properties have been proven to be equivalent to an LSR injection molded part.

    Learn more at https://rdabbott.com/news/rapid-tct-2019/

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