“We want to offer our customers all over the world high-quality, high-performance materials for fused filament fabrication printing technology,” said Firat Hizal, marketing and sales manager plastic filaments at BASF 3D Printing Solutions.
The cross-regional distribution agreement covers several products. They include Ultrafuse Z, a special, extra strong filament based on BASF materials, further developed by Essentium, and offered in combination with Essentium Materials’ processing technology, FlashFuse.
Ultrasint PA6 LM X085 is a new material for use in selective laser sintering (SLS) processes. This grey polyamide-6-based powder melts at about 193°C and is easy to process on most commonly used SLS machines.
BASF 3D Printing Solutions is also working on various new developments in the field of UV-reactive materials. Photo-Resin X004M, which recently became available, has been specially optimized for stereolithography (SLA), digital light processing (DLP) and LCD printers, in which the light source is placed beneath the printing material. With its high tensile strength and high elasticity modulus, the new material gives convincing results.
“We also plan to bring our latest material developments in the area of photopolymers to the market in the near future, to meet industry customers’ requirements for flexible and above all high strength photopolymer components,” says András Marton, marketing and sales manager photopolymers at BASF 3D Printing Solutions. Further developments in UV-reactive materials derive from the area of ceramic photopolymers, which allow additive manufacturing of metal-casting molds for applications in the aerospace and automotive sectors, for example.
To address customer needs better, BASF 3D Printing Solutions will be focusing future activities on the customer industries automotive, aerospace, consumer goods, medical and dental technology.