DSM Somos: Collaboration That Drives Innovation

Elgin, IL - Stereolithography innovation leader DSM Somos welcomed visitors to EuroMold 2010 with a show-stopping display of prototypes created from Somos® materials by leading European Service Bureaus, as well as a closer look at their latest product introduction, Somos® NeXt. "This year's exhibit is a great demonstration of stereolithography's (SL) potential," says DSM Somos Business Director Michelle Brand. "Some of the more recent market-driven collaborative projects in which Somos has taken a leading role are: SL materials that behave more like thermoplastics, plated-parts which mimic sheet-metal parts, lightweight structures designed to reduce part-weight by up to 60%, and pre-production molds to allow faster prototyping and shorten time to market." DSM Somos' innovation record is the result of an extensive collaborative network that includes not only teams of specialists within DSM, but also global universities, designers, and Additive Fabrication specialists capable of delivering high-end solutions. "We listen and we connect," says Brand. "We're committed to expanding the capabilities of SL technology beyond what is possible today-and EuroMold is a great show to illustrate this." Exhibited Parts Created from Somos® Materials o Phrasikleia from Alphaform AG The 2m high statue of the ancient Greek Goddess Phrasikleia built by Alphaform AG uses a combination of Somos TetraShell(TM) software and Somos ProtoCast(TM) 19122. The statue weighs approximately 8.7 KGS. When compared to builds using alternative software this represents a weight saving of approximately 19 KGS or 70%. Phrasikleia is a creative interpretation of how lightweight structures are being put to good use in high-end technical applications. Alphaform AG uses a combination of these technologies to deliver light-weight parts, as well as investment casting patterns to motor-sport, aerospace and medical companies across the globe. o Audi Arm Rests from Alphaform AG Alphaform AG uses a combination of Somos NanoTool(TM) and galvanic metal coating technologies to produce advanced prototypes, pre-series and direct manufactured parts with performance characteristics comparable to sheet-metal. o B-Pillar from Materialise Materialise uses DSM Somos materials in combination with the patented Mammoth stereolithography machines and unique metal coating process to produce extra-dimensional, full scale metal-like components used in both prototyping and Direct Manufacturing applications. o Anémius from In&d The Paris-based luxury design house uses DSM Somos materials and advanced technologies to produce a range of unique "objets d'art" for prestigious clients. Anémius, by young designer Sophie Argiolas, gives a flight of fantasy to the Somos leading brand WaterShed® XC 11122. o Tulip.MGX from Materialise The Tulip.MGX takes its shape from intriguing organic forms- forms that are so far unknown and yet seem so familiar. Rather than centering on a translation from our visible world, this light object is a translation of the strange attractors and mathematical formulas used in chaos theory. Designer: Peter Jansen was born in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, in 1956. The son of an inventor, he developed a unique way of looking at the world. A Closer Look at Somos® NeXt Somos® NeXt SL materials create parts that look and feel so much like thermoplastic - including attributes of classic stress whitening - it may be difficult to tell the difference. Although Somos® NeXt parts look and feel like thermoplastic, they eliminate the long-lead times associated with other types of prototyping, delivering incredible speed of stereolithography. The unique combination of mechanical properties is what makes Somos® NeXt dramatically different than all previous SL resin options. Somos® NeXt parts are ideal for use in many functional testing applications, as well as for low-volume direct SL manufacturing where exceptional toughness is required. It is also highly compatible for producing functional end-use performance prototypes including snap-fit designs, impellers, duck work, connectors, electronic covers, automotive housings, dashboard assemblies, packaging and sporting goods. About DSM Somos DSM Somos is a leading global material suppliers to the rapid prototyping industry, providing stereolithography (SL) resins used for the creation of three-dimensional models and prototypes directly from digital data. Patented SOMOS® ProtoFunctional(TM) materials are used in a variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace, medical and telecommunications. SOMOS® SL resins provide advanced technology to respond to the changing needs of new product development and industrial design. These materials demonstrate a varying range of performance properties including: transparency, superior humidity and heat resistance, and mechanical properties which replicate those of many production grade plastics such as polypropylene, polyethylene, ABS and PBT. DSM Somos is an unincorporated subsidiary of DSM Desotech Inc. (www.dsmdesotech.com), and part of the global DSM family (www.dsm.com). More information may be found at: www.dsmsomos.com. About DSM Desotech DSM Desotech (www.dsmdesotech.com) is a world leader in the development of high performance UV-curable materials. For the telecommunications industry, Desotech is the leading global supplier of UV-curable coatings, inks and matrix materials for the production of glass optical fiber and optical cable. In the rapid prototyping industry, DSM Desotech's Somos® group is a leading innovator of UV-curable stereolithography resins. DSM Desotech's UVention(TM) group is dedicated to innovating new specialty UV/EB curable coatings for a wide variety of industries. Two businesses included in the UVention(TM) portfolio are UVolve® Instant Floor Coatings (UVolveCoatings.com) and UVaCorr® anti-corrosion coatings for tube and pipe applications (www.UVaCorr.com). DSM Desotech is headquartered in Elgin, IL, USA, with facilities also located in Charlotte, NC, the Netherlands and China, as well as a joint venture in Japan. It is a business unit of DSM Resins and part of Royal DSM N.V. (www.dsm.com). DSM - the Life Sciences and Materials Sciences Company Royal DSM N.V. creates solutions that nourish, protect and improve performance. Its end markets include human and animal nutrition and health, personal care, pharmaceuticals, automotive, coatings and paint, electrical and electronics, life protection and housing. DSM manages its business with a focus on the triple bottom line of economic performance, environmental quality and social responsibility, which it pursues simultaneously and in parallel. DSM has annual net sales of about Euros8 billion and employs some 22,700 people worldwide. The company is headquartered in the Netherlands, with locations on five continents. DSM is listed on Euronext Amsterdam. More information: www.dsm.com. For More Information: DSM Somos bt-media Vince Adams Email: dsm_somos_press@bt-media.net Email: vince.adams@dsm.com Nanette Gregory J4 Communications 407-432-7706

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