Materials and chemical giant BASF has taken a keen interest to 3D printing recently. As reported by 3D Printing Media Network’s Spanish language sister website Replicador.es, the multinational giant joined the international Barcelona-area based additive manufacturing Hub, IAM 3D HUB, as a technological partner. The company is thus aligned with the Hub’s mission and objectives and will support its mission by providing know-how, materials, and technologies for new 3D printing applications. BASF also wants to contribute with new points of view based on its experience in the chemical and materials development sector.
The membership allows BASF to leverage the IAM 3D HUB’S End-to-End solutions platform, to partner with other technological Hub’s partners in the development of new additive manufacturing materials, and the design of new applications through new design tools or technological solutions.
BASF 3D Printing Solutions GmbH, headquartered in Heidelberg, Germany, is a fully owned subsidiary of BASF New Business GmbH. The Group’s division focuses on establishing and expanding the business with 3D printing materials, system solutions, components and services. BASF 3DPS is organized into startup-like structures to serve customers in the dynamic 3D printing market. It cooperates closely with the global research platforms and application technologies of various departments at BASF as well as with leading research institutes, universities, startups and industrial partners. Potential customers are primarily companies that intend to use 3D printing for industrial manufacturing; typical industries include automotive, airspace and consumer goods.
IAM 3D HUB is a digital innovation hub devoted to additive manufacturing and 3D printing. The hub aims to accelerate the adoption and development of additive manufacturing and 3D printing technologies in the European Union manufacturing sectors as an alternative way to design, develop and manufacture new competitive products and services that strengthens their competitiveness.
By providing companies with a “One-Stop” Shop to assess, guide and address all their needs in AM, the hub also contributes to a new era of production from code to material without tools as a fast, safe and efficient manufacturing system. The initiative was founded by HP, Leitat Technological Center, Renishaw, ArcelorMittal, Abrast by Coniex and Aceo by Wacker as technological partners. Other key members include the 3D Factory Incubator, the first 3D printing incubator in Europe, and Fira in Barcelona; as well as Fira de Barcelona and its main trade show devoted to 3D printing: INDUSTRY ‘From Needs to Solutions’, as strategical partners. The Hub is located in Leitat technological center premises in Terrassa, near Barcelona.