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BASF and Photocentric develop visible-light photopolymer product line
Source:Adsale Plastics Network    Editor:JK    Date:26.Aug.2020

BASF 3D Printing Solutions GmbH and Photocentric, a leading manufacturer of 3D printing equipment and photopolymer resin materials, have agreed to deepen their strategic partnership.


Both companies have collaborated closely in R&D to develop innovative functional materials by optimizing both photopolymer resins and printer parameters.


The partners are now set to launch a material portfolio that combines their expertise in the advanced Additive Manufacturing technology and represents a new pillar of the alliance. With this extended portfolio of advanced materials, the two companies plan to drive the mass-scale production of 3D printed components.


The new product line drives further industrialization of mass-scale Additive Manufacturing at competitive cost.

The agreement enables Forward AM, the brand of BASF 3D Printing Solutions, to broaden its portfolio by offering photopolymers specifically developed for the leading-edge Photocentric LCD daylight printers.


In turn, Photocentric will offer a new range of tailor-made photopolymers within a dedicated “Ultracur3D Powered by Photocentric” portfolio. This range will initially consist of ten products specifically developed and optimized to work seamlessly with the unique Photocentric LCD daylight technology and will be progressively extended going forward.


“Ultracur3D EPD 1006 Powered by Photocentric” will be the first in this series of pace-setting 3D printable photopolymers that the two partners will market jointly.


The combination of innovative 3D printers from Photocentric and Forward AM’s high performance photopolymers now means major industrial manufacturers can achieve high quality results at very competitive cost per part.


“We believe the combination of the expertise gained through decades of BASF research into 3D printing materials, our unique material portfolio, and Photocentric’s remarkable printer technology, genuinely has potential to enable cost competitive parts printing and thus make mass-manufacturing of functional end-use parts a reality,” explains François Minec, Managing Director BASF 3D Printing Solutions.


“We are intentionally offering industry-disruptive prices on formulated bulk resin to the market: Jointly we want to move the Additive Manufacturing business towards higher productivity and lower prices per printed part,” adds Dr. Piotr Bazula, Global Product and New Business Development Manager Liquid Formulation Solutions, BASF 3D Printing Solutions.


“Photocentric is deepening its partnership with BASF to facilitate the custom massmanufacture of components in a wide variety of industries. Together we have created a unique combination of software, hardware and chemistry that removes obstacles to using Additive Manufacturing in mass production,” says Paul Holt, Managing Director, Photocentric Ltd.


“This extended range of high performance materials now allows our customers to take full advantage of the large build volume, speed and reliability of Photocentric printers, to move towards the cost-effective, large-scale production of end-use parts,” comments Sally Tipping, Sales Director, Photocentric Ltd.



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