Photopolymer technologies such as Vat Polymerization and Area-wise Vat Polymerization are well known and established technologies in the Additive Manufacturing market. With its first appearance in the 80s Stereolithography can be called the founding technology of AM.
Over the past years AM polymerization technologies have developed from pure prototyping and visual models to the serial production of shoe soles and hearing aids. The use in end part production triggered a “hype”, which has increased the number of suppliers and led to many promising and supposedly groundbreaking advancements from system providers. This AMPOWER study challenges the maturity of these technologies and benchmark several systems in terms of material properties, productivity, economical and sustainability aspects.
AMPOWER starts to conduct this study in September 2022 and aims to finish by mid-2023.