Royal DSM

Royal DSM—a former mining conglomerate—now specializes in purpose-led science and technology development with a focus on healthy, sustainable living. The company owns subsidiaries specializing in three overarching fields: nutrition, materials and innovation. The materials segment covers most additive manufacturing applications. The company applies its sustainable worldview to the AM sector by cooperating with the entire value chain and promoting reusable materials in AM processes. It is a promoter of sustainable additive manufacturing uptake across industries.

Profile Description

DSM is a global purpose-led, science-based company specializing in Nutrition, Health & Sustainable Living. Our purpose is to create brighter lives for all. We achieve it by using all the scientific and innovation power at our disposal to tackle some of the world’s greatest challenges – creating value for customers, shareholders, our people, and society-at-large.

Doing well by doing good

A short decade ago the general belief was that as a company you either focused on driving profit or safeguarding the planet – but not both. In the intervening years we’ve proved again and again here at DSM that it really is possible to do well by doing good. After all, why achieve commercial success in a world that fails?

It’s a belief that every one of our 23,000 people worldwide holds dear – and delivers on each and every day across the fields of Nutrition & Health, Climate & Energy and Resources & Circularity.

In fact, we’re so passionate about building a better world that our company strategy is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (five in particular) that were adopted by the United Nations in 2015.

Purpose-led, Performance-driven

To make our ambitions of boosting economic prosperity, environmental progress and societal advancement a reality, we’ll continue to be Purpose-led and Performance-driven.

It’s the best way we know of ensuring that we keep growing, and that our bright science continues to create solutions that make life brighter for people everywhere – both today and for generations to come.

At DSM Additive Manufacturing, we draw on over 25 years’ experience in 3D printing technologies, performance materials and deep application expertise to help manufacturers rethink the way they design products to manufacture tomorrow. Our goal is to unlock the full potential of additive manufacturing and help accelerate the adoption of 3D printing, creating brighter lives for all through both sustainable high-performance materials and processes.

Our pillars of success

As additive manufacturing evolves from a prototyping technology into a mainstream manufacturing technology, the parts themselves – the applications – come under increasing scrutiny. Whether these are medical prostheses, trainer insoles or car parts, they all have specific requirements – which in turn drive the quest for the right materials.

And while DSM puts our materials science to work, we realize the need to collaborate with the entire value network. To truly accelerate adoption, we are creating an ecosystem by partnering with printer manufacturers, material companies, service bureaus, software providers and end users/Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), as well as embracing new business models where opportunities arise.

Sustainable materials and processes

Most importantly, we value sustainability, developing materials that are recyclable, reusable or bio-based.

Investing in solutions where plastics can be 3D printed into usable applications fits perfectly with the intrinsically sustainable nature of 3D printing as a production process. Using only what is needed to build layer by layer, 3D printing reduces scrap and waste. And because it can be done locally, 3D printing has the potential to reduce carbon emissions by shortening the supply chain.

When it comes to realizing the potential of 3D printing, we’ve only just begun.

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