Mar 1, 2018 | By Tess

German chemical company BASF is kicking its 3D printing division into high gear with a number of new announcements, including partnerships, restructuring, and more.

BASF & Farsoon unveil new polyamide material

German chemical company BASF and Chinese 3D printing company Farsoon have jointly launched a new 3D printing material: Ultrasint PA6 X043 Black. The new polyamide material has applications in the aerospace, automotive, and consumer goods industries.

The material is compatible with Farsoon’s continuous additive manufacturing solutions (CAMS), including the HT001P, HT252P, ST252P, and HT403P 3D printers, and reportedly offers good strength and high resistance to heat distortion. Moreover, Ultrasint PA6 X043 has “good recyclability.”

“This new breakthrough in 3D printing materials makes direct manufacturing possible, which further accelerates the industrialization of 3D printing in China,” said Dr. Xu Xiao Shu, Farsoon’s founder and chairman. “In the future, Farsoon will continue to work closely with BASF to help customers enhance their equipment and material performance, while reducing production costs.”

The new Ultrasint PA6 X043 Black 3D printing material is being presented at TCT Asia 2018 along with Farsoon’s CAMS technology.

BASF & BigRep to develop 3D printing solutions

In addition to the new material, chemical giant BASF has partnered with large-format 3D printer company BigRep to develop 3D printing solutions for industrial applications. Through the collaboration, the companies will combine their respective expertise to develop 3D printing materials and 3D printing systems that meet industrial requirements.

“We aim to offer our customers the most innovative 3D printing solutions with BigRep printers. BASF’s expertise will help us to achieve the next level,” commented René Gurka, CEO of BigRep. “BASF is a strong partner with access to global markets. Together, we can help our customers meet their challenges by providing innovative 3D printing production technologies.”

Further, BASF Venture Capital, the VC arm of the chemical company, has reportedly invested in BigRep to “strengthen 3D printing.”

BASF 3D Printing Solutions restructures

Finally, the German company has announced that its 3D printing division, BASF 3D Printing Solutions GmbH, will undergo reorganization as of 2018’s second quarter. The announcement follows a successful year of additive expansions for BASF—including the acquisition of Dutch company Innofil3D.

As part of the restructuring, BASF 3D Printing Solutions will be establishing its operative business lines: 3D-P Solution for Additive Extrusion (AES), Liquid 3D-P Solutions (LFS), 3D-P Service Solutions & Metal Systems (SMS), and 3D-P Solutions for Powder Bed Fusion (PBF).

Dirk Simon, the Director of Innovation Business Unit 3D Printing at BASF, has also announced he will be leaving the company as of March 31. A number of other individuals have been given new positions.

“We are convinced that the new organization will enable us to make a target-oriented and efficient contribution to the consistent development of industrial additive manufacturing,” commented Volker Hammes, Managing Director of BASF 3D Printing Solutions.



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