Individually shaped objects can be created in layers from various materials, for example plastic, metal and ceramics. The industry has been using the process, also known as additive manufacturing, for several years to produce models, samples and prototypes rapidly and cost effectively. However, in the meantime, 3D-printing technology has developed further and numerous sectors have shown interest in using it for more than prototype creation, because it opens up completely new design options. Complex geometric forms can be produced more quickly and less expensively in small quantities. Items manufactured in this way can also be more easily personalized.
More than one 3D-printing technology is being continuously further developed. BASF New Business is active in all the main fields and offers material solutions for them.
We offer complete material solutions, i.e., we match a material to a 3D-printing process and the target applications.
Our portfolio comprises different polyamide and thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) powders, numerous plastic and metal filaments, and photopolymers. In addition, we support our customers by offering them a wide variety of services. We provide advice on the most suitable material and the best printing method for the respective application, we optimize designs and we simulate component properties. We also produce items in order to make sure the material solution qualifies for demanding industrial applications.
The use of 3D-printing for industrial manufacture is in its early stages and still requires a great deal of creativity and development work. Drawing on the immense innovation power of the chemical industry, we are always ready discuss our customers’ broader industrial needs and develop 3D-printing solutions to fit their requirements.