About Us - Photocentric3D
Manufacturers of 3D polymer. Affordable Daylight 3D polymers for Liquid Crystal and UV 3D polymers for DLP and SLA 3D printers.
Manufacturers of 3D polymer. Affordable Daylight 3D polymers for Liquid Crystal and UV 3D polymers for DLP and SLA 3D printers. 3D Printer manufacturers. 3D printers. Liquid Crystal printer. Industrial 3D printer
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ABOUT US

Photocentric in 3D printing

Photocentric was formed in 2002 to develop patented photopolymer applications. From the beginning, we aimed to innovate; introducing new products to markets and disrupting existing technologies- always aiming to provide better value to our customers at the same time.

We started in additive manufacturing in 2013 when we were awarded a UK Govt. Innovate grant to develop an idea we had for a new type of 3D printer.  The concept was simple; use an unmodified display screen as the imaging source to harden layers of polymers. To achieve this we had to create the chemistry to make it work with low light intensity and solely in the visible light spectrum, without UV. It seemed unlikely that it would work so when we first saw our prototype create our first rook, just before Christmas in 2013, we were amazed and from that moment on, we became a 3D company… just with an established photopolymer business behind us.

What are we looking to change?

Functional– We intend to offer photopolymers that when hardened will produce parts that you can use. That is in contrast to most polymers used today in SLA systems which are only intended to be looked at, felt or burnt.

Scale– We intend to create machines that make a large volume of parts in a reasonable time, this in contrast to the largest machines which are currently around 1m² in area and are slow.

Cost effective– We intend to offer value; we don’t calculate our prices by what the market can bear or what our competitors’ prices are, we just offer them at a sensible margin over our costs.

How do we offer value in photopolymer? We manufacture photopolymers in large volume, making nearly 1 million kg of photopolymer a year, reacting to create oligomers in 3 tonne batch sizes, and buying polyols in containers. We can hand these cost savings onto you. We have a number of talented chemists developing better formulations for different 3D applications all the time.

Our very different position

When we started to look at the 3D printing industry, we were excited at its opportunities, but underwhelmed by the current photopolymer properties on offer and decidedly underwhelmed by the value for money that was being provided.

So how are we different? We are the only photopolymer manufacturer that was selling into another industry before manufacturing for the AM market. Our original market, flexographic printing, is commoditised, so prices are low and the products have to be functional, typically having to last 1 million impressions. So, we expect that we have to offer value for money and make functional polymers as a minimum requirement. We have our own technology in Daylight Polymer Printing (DPP) and are first to market with it. We have 7 patent applications covering different aspects of it.

What we are going to offer

We intend to offer an honest assessment of our printers, being clear about the negative as well as the positive aspects. We will tell you how they perform in standard conditions, not ones chosen to reflect well upon us. We will tell you how many printers we have sold. We will tell you clearly how they work explaining, not hiding any underlying technology.  We will endeavour to be open-source wherever possible. We will work collaboratively with anyone who wants to improve the technology.

Working with Universities and Businesses

Over the last four years we have perfected the concept, researching in the technology and investing in both product development and blue-sky research around it. We have linked up with universities and corporations and investigated the many new possibilities that daylight offers over conventional UV polymerisation. We are currently in partnership with;

Warwick University- Funding a PhD to synthesise and improve Chlorophyll A. Potential outcomes are increase plant growth efficiency and bio-derived photopolymers

Nottingham University- Funding a 6 month project to develop novel bio-compatible daylight active polymers with largest 3D research centre in Europe.

Institut Mulhouse Basle- Developing novel daylight photoinitiators