BASF acquires two manufacturers of 3D printing materials

"We are looking forward to being part of BASF. This will enable us to expand and further develop new formulations for the industrial additive manufacturing activities of our customers all over the world," explains François Minec, Managing Director of Advanc3D.

"This know-how, the infrastructure and the advanced materials are a perfect complement for us," says Dietmar Bender. Existing and new customers, especially in the automotive and consumer goods industries, can now benefit from the expanded portfolio of B3DPS. "This acquisition is a further step toward our objective to become a leading supplier of powder-based materials and formulations for industrial 3D printing."

3D printing is gaining in importance

The production of individually formed plastic parts through additive layer manufacturing by a 3D printing process is becoming increasingly important in the industry. One production method is selective laser sintering (SLS). Using a three-dimensional structural design, a laser draws the shape of an object in a powder such as polyamide. The material hit by the laser melts and the required 3D object is produced layer by layer. Up until now, many complex plastic parts had to be produced by injection molding. The significant advantages of 3D printing include lower costs in small series and much faster production, because no mold is required. Parts manufacturers can thus react much faster to customer requests and meet individual customer requirements much more easily.

Source: BASF


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