New resin gets USP approval.

11th December 2008

WaterShed® XC 11122 Passes USP Class VI Testing

Now Suitable for Prototyping in Biomedical or Skin Contact Applications

Drumlord Limited is delighted to introduce a new resin, DSM Somos® WaterShed® XC11122, into the range they currently offer. Not only does this new resin improve the range, but also the quality of photopolymers we offer to our customers. "This is not just about introducing different materials for our customers, it's about offering them the best materials possible," says Chris McCarthy, Drumlord's Sales & Marketing Manager. "The recent announcement from DSM Somos that this resin has passed USP Class VI testing is a huge boost for our customers who design and manufacture products for the medical sector."

DSM Somos, a world leader in the development of advanced stereolithography (SL) materials announced USP Class VI approval for their WaterShed XC 11122 resin-a clear, water-resistant material already widely used in the medical device industry. The classification officially approves the resin for use in a wide range of biomedical or skin contact applications.

Developing advanced biocompatible SL resins for the medical industry is becoming increasingly important. According to Wohler's Report 2008, the medical/dental industry is the third largest industry for additive manufacturing after consumer products/electronics and automotive, but growing at a faster rate than either.

Introduced by DSM Somos in 2007, WaterShed XC has quickly become the best-selling clear SL resin on the market, with its winning combination of clarity, durability and high dimensional stability. By adding the biocompatibility component, medical design engineers now have a way to produce exceptional ABS-like prototypes that are USP Class VI approved.


About USP Class VI Materials:

United States Pharmacopeia (USP) XIX biological tests are designed to provide information on potential biological effects of polymer materials. One of six different classes (I-VI) is assigned to a material, depending on its performance in biological tests. The higher the material class, the more severe and stringent are the tests. WaterShed XC 11122 has passed the most severe test requirements in order to be qualified as a USP XIX Class VI material.




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