On the occasion of the formnext trade show in Frankfurt, BigRep and BASF are finalizing a strategic alliance to jointly develop 3D printing solutions, aimed at accelerating the wholesale introduction of additive manufacturing technologies into industrial applications.
Upon successful finalization, BASF will become a preferred material and application development partner for BigRep, while BigRep will continue to develop advanced equipment and software solutions ready for integration into digital manufacturing environments.
Berlin-based 3D printing manufacturer BigRep, which provides hardware, software, materials and services for large-scale 3D printing, sees a future cooperation with chemical company BASF as proof of its continuing commitment to engineering and manufacturing cutting-edge filaments and printers.
“Our goal is to offer the best additive manufacturing solutions to our customers with BigRep equipment and BASF industrial materials,” said René Gurka, CEO of BigRep, of the forthcoming partnership. “Continuous innovation into new additive materials will help us support our customers to realize the full potential of additive manufacturing in their businesses.”
Although BigRep was launched just 3.5 years ago, the start-up has quickly become the world-leading provider of large-format 3D printing technology and is now on the cusp of partnering with the world’s largest chemical company. In September of this year, BASF underscored its commitment to exploring 3D printing potential, by announcing the creation of a dedicated subsidiary: BASF 3D Printing Solutions GmbH.
Volker Hammes, Managing Director of its parent Group, BASF New Business GmbH, said of the potential partnership, “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.”
Both companies expect to be finalizing the partnership in the coming weeks and solidifying plans to work together internationally on innovative 3D printing applications and materials.