BASF 3D Printing Solutions GmbH brand, through its Forward AM brand, has opened Additive Manufacturing Technical Center (AMTC) in Shanghai, China. The company opened the center in cooperation with Xuberance, a Chinese 3D printing design and service company.
BASF 3D Printing Solutions uses the Forward AM brand in supplying 3D printing solutions along the entire additive manufacturing value chain. The new facility will serve as the hub of ability for solutions and materials for the additive manufacturing market in China and the rest of Asia.
The joint initiative aims to combine the two companies’ strengths in offering local customers fully integrated 3D printing solutions. Forward AM will contribute with a wide range of high-performance 3D printing materials and deep engineering ability while Xuberance will bring in its know-how in 3D printing services and design solutions.
Through the AMTC, new value-added technical services are available to customers, enabling joint innovation with customers across the Asia-Pacific region. Emphasizing the joint commitment to major global equipment manufacturers, Forward AM installed at AMTC more than twenty 3D printers and make major 3D printing technologies. These include Selective Laser Sintering, Photopolymer 3D Printing, and Fused Filament Fabrication. The Center is in Shanghai Lingang Songjiang Science Park, a hub for many companies in the additive manufacturing industry to use synergies with local partners and customers.
The cooperation between Forward AM and Xuberance is complemented by an investment of BASF Venture Capital in Xuberance. This venture investment is strengthening BASF’s strategy in additive manufacturing and will enable Xuberance to further accelerate growth in Asia Pacific.
“The establishment of the new AMTC in Shanghai marks an important step for us, as we are now able to offer customers in Asia Pacific a perfectly integrated service – from consultancy, through our high-performance materials, to direct component printing and great design services for successful 3D printing. We are confident the AMTC will become a key hub for Additive Manufacturing in this region, strengthening our capability to co-innovate with our customers”, says François Minec, Managing Director BASF 3D Printing Solutions.
“For us, Forward AM’s cutting-edge materials and comprehensive industrial ability, especially in simulation and surface finishing, ideally complement ours. We are proud to jointly develop integrated and innovative solutions for Additive Manufacturing, tailored to customer needs in Asia-Pacific,” adds Leirah Wang, Managing Director at Xuberance.