BASF/BigRep tie up for 3D solutions


BASF 3D Printing Solutions has formed a strategic partnership with large-format 3D printing company, BigRep, to co-develop solutions for industrial 3D printing applications. The collaboration includes the joint development of materials and printers for industrial customer requirements and also sees investment from BASF Venture Capital.

Although BigRep was only launched four years ago, the Berlin-based technology start up company says it has quickly become one of the leading global providers of large-format 3D printing technology for industrial users. The announcement of a cooperation with chemical company BASF is a further signifier of its continuing dedication to engineering and manufacturing cutting-edge solutions, it said.

Established last year in response to the growing demand for additive manufacturing-focussed materials, BASF 3D Printing Solutions will bring its extensive material knowledge which offers the broadest product portfolio in the chemical industry for the development of 3D printing materials.

The announcement marks the second closing of a growth round initiated in the second half of last year for BigRep, which provides hardware, software, materials and services for large-scale 3D printing, and counts Körber Group, KfW, b-to-v Partners S.à.r.l., Koehler Invest GmbH and kloeckner.v GmbH among its investors. In addition to its headquarters in Berlin, BigRep has expanded its operations to the US and Singapore, and established a network of resellers across every continent.

"With the combined skills of the two companies, this forward-looking partnership will allow our customers to accelerate the development of industrial applications," said Volker Hammes, Managing Director of BASF 3D Printing Solutions.

"We strive to provide our customers with the most innovative 3D printing solutions using BigRep equipment, and now BASF industrial materials help take us to the next level," said René Gurka, CEO of BigRep, of the partnership. "BASF is the strongest materials partner. Together, we can help our customers solve their challenges with innovative 3D printing processes."

In addition to new products, the BigRep says it is now concentrating on complete solutions for industrial customers in the form of integrated additive manufacturing systems.

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