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Nexa3D and BASF Forward AM partner to deliver new ultrafast photopolymers

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Nexa3D has expanded its partnership with BASF Forward AM to deliver three new ultrafast photopolymer materials through its Nexa3D channels. Nexa3D’s collaboration with BASF Forward AM leverages its combined capabilities to deliver faster additive-manufactured prototypes across multiple industries, leveraging the productivity advantage of its ultrafast NXE 400 3D printer. Combining Nexa3D’s productivity with Forward AM’s rapidly expanding suite of tailor-made photopolymer formulations makes it possible for customers to rapidly design a wider range of parts such as housings, enclosures, pipes, packaging products, and footwear components with greater performance and functionality.

“We are excited to expand our partnership with Nexa3D as we believe that our broad range of photopolymers is well-matched for the high throughput of the NXE400 system,” said Francois Minec, Managing Director, BASF 3D Printing Solutions. “We look forward to continuing to deliver an expanded portfolio of materials across Nexa3D’s expanding portfolio of photo plastic (SLA) and thermoplastic (QLS) design and manufacturing solutions.”

Nexa3D and BASF Forward AM partner

x45-NATURAL is a tough material that is ideal for models and functional prototypes requiring high strength and durability. Capable of much higher print speeds than current materials, x45-NATURAL features excellent out-of-printer properties with robust print styles to ensure high first-time build success. Supporting a wide variety of applications with short processing times, x45-NATURAL’s draft build mode enables companies greater flexibility within their manufacturing processes.

x45-CLEAR (see in the image at the top of this page) combines good clarity with toughness for a wide variety of models and functional prototypes requiring fast turnaround times. x45-CLEAR has outstanding build speed to give companies greater adaptability within their manufacturing processes. x45-CLEAR has excellent out-of-printer properties with robust print styles to ensure high first-time build success.

Nexa3D and BASF Forward AM partner x45-BLACK is a durable material that features an attractive matte black finish for parts such as automotive components that are usually molded in black plastic. It combines build speed and excellent out-of-printer properties to ensure first-time build success, giving manufacturers greater flexibility within their output processes.

“Thanks to these new BASF materials and Nexa3D’s open materials platform, fast just got faster,” said Kevin McAlea, COO, Nexa3D. “Both companies are committed to democratizing access to scalable additive polymer solutions for the entire product life cycle from design to production. With NXE400’s 20X productivity gains and up to 85% lower total cost of ownership, manufacturers will benefit from higher productivity, better functionality, and exceptional cost-effectiveness.

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