German chemicals company BASF and manufacturer of large-scale fused filament fabrication (FFF) printers BigRep are looking to finalize strategic alliance negotiations for the development of industrial 3D printing materials over the coming weeks.
The alliance is to see BASF become BigRep’s preferred development partner for 3D printing materials and their applications. BASF is said to have demonstrated its commitment to exploring the potential of 3D printing by opening a dedicated subsidiary, BASF 3D Printing Solutions, in September, 2017.
Meanwhile, BigRep intends to also maintain its focus on the development of equipment and software solutions for integration into digital manufacturing environments.
Commenting on the forthcoming alliance, René Gurka, chief executive officer (CEO) of BigRep, said: ’Our goal is to offer the best additive manufacturing solutions to our customers with BigRep equipment and BASF industrial materials. Continuous innovation into new additive materials will help us support our customers to realize the full potential of additive manufacturing in their businesses.’
Volker Hammes, managing director of its parent Group, BASF New Business, parent group of BASF 3D Printing Solutions, added: ‘BASF and BigRep share a vision to bring 3D printing to production floors and workspaces of all sizes. Our common goal is to help our customers across industries to meet current and future needs with innovative solutions.’
BigRep and BASF are exhibiting at formnext powered by tct, in Frankfurt, Germany, on 14-17 November, 2017. Furthermore, René Gurka is to present some of the latest developments in additive manufacturing (AM) for prototyping and end-use parts on the tct Introducing Stage on 14 November, at 14:00.