BASF Extends Additive Manufacturing Network
With establishing the new subsidiary BASF 3D-Printing Solutions, BASF concentrates and strengthens its ambitions to enable its customers for broader industrial use of 3D printing. At formnext, international exhibition and conference on the next generation of manufacturing technologies in Frankfurt/Main, Germany, the company introduces several extensions of our product portfolio, comprising plastic filaments, powder bed fusion, and photopolymers.
However, it needs alignment of the materials with the engineering of the 3D-printing equipment and the processing of the materials to reliably produce plastic parts. Therefore, BASF continuously enhance its network of partners for qualifying BASF materials on equipment from various suppliers. The most recent partnership being between BASF and EOS as well as between BASF and Ricoh.
BASF and Ricoh are collaborating on materials, processing and application development to bring further innovation to the market. The partnership also includes development of new materials for the Ricoh AM S5500P, which has been installed by BASF in its 3D-P Application Technology Center in Heidelberg. The agreement will increase the capabilities of the high-end plastic sintering production machines.
Other existing and new 3D-P equipment partnerships of BASF include:
- Powder Bed Fusion: 3D Systems, EOS, Farsoon, HP, Ricoh
- Plastic filaments: BigRep, Essentium, iGo3D, Ultimaker
- Metal filaments: Apium Additive Technologies, EVO-tech, Hage Sondermaschinenbau, GKN Sinter Metals
- Photopolymers: Renaissance Services, Xaar, XYZprinting
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