BASF has been listening to end users and the conclusion is clear. They want open materials platforms, materials that give them functional parts, affordability and reliable supply to enable production, and total solutions. We believe that it is essential to adopt these strategies to take 3DP from prototyping to production.
We have engaged with many partners on open platforms including HP, Essentium, Farsoon and that is leading end users to have more control, flexibility, and choices. These open models enable a direct engagement between a material supplier and an end user which best facilitates and accelerates innovation.
Additive Manufacturing won’t reach production levels without affordability of materials. Our strategy is to keep prices low through direct sales, reasonable margins, and volume incentives. As a large material supplier, we recognize that to enable production, the end markets would require dual sourcing, global presence, ability to scale up, and reliability of supply. These are characteristics that they are looking to material manufacturers to enable this ecosystem.
From our engineering plastics division, we have a long history of simulation services that has been paramount in helping our injection molding customers bring applications successfully to production. This is also critical for 3DP to help end users in design optimization, material choice, printing strategies, and quality assurance.
BASF is humble as a relative newcomer to 3D Printing and we are growing in our know-how. We are confident that we can and will drive a different 3DP dynamic that we think customers are hungry for.
- Understand and act on the offerings of that will enable functional parts and production
- Take a new approach in their own 3DP production aspirations knowing that the tools and partner are available to do so