Shoe manufacturer tests 3D printing in series production

May 20, 2019 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Shoe manufacturer tests 3D printing in series production
BASF 3D Printing Solutions and its strategic partner Origin, a supplier of printers for additive manufacturing on an open platform, intend to work with shoe manufacturer ECCO to develop a new approach to shoe production.

The Danish ECCO Group uses the Origin platform with BASF's photopolymer material Ultracur3D in its research and development center at its headquarters in Denmark. Initial results from Origin's programmable polymerization process (P3) show excellent detail accuracy and mechanical stability, BASF 3D Printing Solutions reports.

Origin's goal is to work with material partners to establish additive manufacturing for mass production in shoe manufacturing. The company’s open platform, combined with BASF's materials, allows the company to focus on end-user applications to meet the most demanding requirements.

"Origin's newly developed printing system is ideally suited to our Ultracur3D photopolymer series," explains Arnaud Guedou, Business Director for Photopolymer Solutions at BASF 3D Printing Solutions. "End users - such as the shoe manufacturer ECCO in this case - achieve high process speeds and excellent surface quality with different textures as well as high mechanical stability.

BASF 3D Printing Solutions' Ultracur3D product line includes photopolymers for use in various printing processes such as Digital Light Processing (DLP), Stereolithography (SLA), Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) and now Origin's P3 process. The Ultracur3D product line is characterized by high strength and resistance, a very high elasticity mode and long-term UV stability. BASF 3D Printing is promoting this product as a suitable material for both prototype and mass production in virtually all major industries.


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