Customers can order parts in Forward AM materials through a Co-branded website
Forward AM, a leading global supplier of high-performance AM materials and services, has partnered with Shapeways, the world’s leading 3D printing digital manufacturing platform, to offer customers the ability to order 3D printed items online made with Forward AM material.
The partnership between Forward AM and Shapeways will be made available to the customers through a co-branded website. This website will be powered by Shapeways’ proprietary technology allowing customers to earn about the Forward AM materials. Through the website, the customers can upload 3D models, get instant pricing for the manufacture of finished products, and quickly and easily place an order.
To facilitate and expedite the creation of finished products, Shapeways will not only produce finished products and fulfil online orders, but also provide the technology to leverage Forward AM’s current network of production partners and service bureaus to create products printed in Forward AM materials. Shapeways will also handle all the customer support for orders placed on the co-branded site as it had the experience of helping more than one million creators by successfully 3D printing over 12 million finished parts.
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Speaking on the partnership with Shapeways, Jim Reddy, Managing Director North America, BASF 3D Printing Solutions said, “Our partnership with Shapeways and the use of their technology will allow a broader customer base to create and order high-quality 3D printed prototypes and functional parts online made with our Forward AM material. To help accelerate the use of additive manufacturing at scale, we are focusing on making our high-performance materials easily accessible to consumers while leveraging the manufacturing and services capabilities of our global 3D printing network.”
According to Miko Levy, CRO at Shapeways, “At Shapeways, it is our goal to empower large-scale additive manufacturing. Our partnership with BASF enables us to provide the technology to power BASF’s vision in expanding the accessibility of Forward AM materials to more customers. Shapeways’ technology and fulfilment services have been custom-built to fit BASF’s business and will be able to connect other service providers to supply BASF with a vast network of manufacturers to offer their AM materials. This streamlined process will not only showcase these innovative materials but will also enable BASF to accelerate its go-to-market strategy in 3D printing.”
The co-branded website will carry key Forward AM Ultrasint® powders and Ultracur3D® photopolymers. The first phase of available AM materials at the site will include:
- Ultrasint® PP nat 01 – This is a polypropylene material that is one of the most widely used materials for serial production and functional
- HP High Reusability PP enabled by BASF – This is a versatile, durable, and chemically resistant polypropylene material qualified for HP’s production-grade 3D printing systems
- Ultracur3D® RG 35 – This is a medium-viscosity, highly reactive photopolymer resulting in accurate, rigid multipurpose parts
- Ultrasint® TPU01 – This is a high-performing thermoplastic polyurethane which enables the production of elastomeric functional parts
The phase two, which will add at least five new AM materials to the list of material offerings is expected to commence before by end of this year.
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