DSM’s Andrew Graves has spent over three decades in 3D printing. His career encompasses the use, improvement, and industrialization of resins for 3D printing. We spoke to him about his three decades in 3D printing. Graves thinks it strange that now he often sits at the table with startup founders who were born after he joined the 3D printing industry. “Especially in manufacturing, you want options. You want open. When you buy an injection mold machine, you want to run what you want to run on it. And, for 3D printing you want different materials and an open system architecture,” Graves said. On the whole, good qualities that he seeks out for resins that deliver on final part qualities are “Repeatability, good sidewalls, good accuracy, good surface finish.” Graves added, “You can use any printer to make a shape but it is difficult to make a functional part with good process accuracy. Open companies like Origin are a great example. These firms coupled with software and materials is the way to move into manufacturing.” He likes that desktop SLA printers are growing the market and giving young people access to the technology. Graves is also trying to work with all the major post-processing companies where he sees gains for 3D printing to be had. “Automated part removal, new build platform insertion, automated post-processing, automated support removal require another combination of the right materials with the right print technology and automation.”

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