BASF acquires two manufacturers of 3D printing materials



Advanc3D Materials sells high-performance plastic powders and formulations for selective laser sintering (SLS) and Setup Performance develops and manufactures innovative products for laser sintering.

The most social division of the chemical industry, BASF New Business GmbH (BNB), has acquired all the shares of Advanc3D Materials GmbH, in Hamburg, and of Setup Performance SAS, in Lyon. Advanc3D Materials offers customized advanced plastic powders and formulations for selective laser sintering (SLS) along with the process know-how. Setup Performance, on the other hand, is the most important partner of Advanc3D Materials in the development and manufacture of SLS materials.


BNB is integrating both companies in its subsidiary BASF 3D Printing Solutions GmbH (B3DPS) an important step forward for BASF in its expansion in the field of 3D printing. "Following the acquisition of Innofil3D last year and the consequent strengthening of our presence in the plastic filament extrusion market, we are now expanding, in a similar way, our market access." The portfolio complements our existing range and It adapts perfectly to products such as polyamide 11, polyamide 12 and polypropylene, "says Dietmar Bender, vice president of manufacturing and technology at BNB.


In April, B3DPS introduced a new PA6 material for selective laser sintering that can be easily processed in most SLS machines commonly used in the market today.


Advanc3D Materials is already well established in the market, and offers a wide range of products, as well as extensive experience in applications and markets. Among the necessary elements to allow materials to be used in 3D printing, a consistent and finely ground powder, additions of UV stabilizers and a good free flow are included. Setup Performance is the contract manufacturer and development partner of Advanc3D. The site of development and production of products and processes of the company in Lyon stands out for its high efficiency and short development cycles for new products.


3D printing is gaining importance

The production of individually formed plastic parts through the manufacture of additive layers through a 3D printing process is becoming increasingly important in the industry. A production method is selective laser sintering (SLS). Using a three-dimensional structural design, a laser draws the shape of an object in a powder such as polyamide. The material struck by the laser melts and the required 3D object is produced layer by layer. Until now, many complex plastic parts had to be produced by injection molding. The significant advantages of 3D printing include lower costs in small series and much faster production, since no mold is required. Therefore, part manufacturers can react much faster to customer requests and meet the individual requirements of customers much more easily.


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