Replique has announced the formation of a partner network of authorized material vendors in order to promote and accelerate the material development process for industrial 3D printing. The move is a crucial step toward the company’s goal of making its 3D printing platform more accessible to OEMs and providing best-in-class and customised materials to industrial clients.
Replique is a BASF internal venture builder and the development of a digital distributed manufacturing platform that enables OEMs to deliver on-demand spare parts.
Importantly, the initial partner network of LEHVOSS Group, Evonik Industries, Forward AM, and igus GmbH will ensure that the requisite requirements for the development, fabrication, and certification of new materials are reached in order to qualify industrial production in 3D printing of spare parts. A certificate of analysis, stating that the supplied materials fulfill the needed standards, is provided and connected to each part as part of an automated quality documentation procedure, and then saved on Replique’s digital inventory platform.
Material Partners Network
Replique analyzes customer business cases and needs as part of the collaboration. This allows the organization to identify areas where tweaks or upgrades to current materials, or the development of new possibilities, are required to satisfy the exact needs of end-customers, such as via application-specific material tests.
Replique provides material partners with an anonymised overview of used legacy materials from screening efforts during the client onboarding phases via its platform. With this information, the partners benefit from a faster and more focused material development process that is suited to the needs of Replique’s clients.
Replique is able to establish a win-win situation through exclusive beta tests. While material makers receive a first business case, Replique’s clients get a head start by having early access to the most recent innovations. Individualized materials for specific use cases can be created if necessary.
Boosting Industrial 3D Printing
“With our trusted material network, we have created a solution to provide our customers with industrial grade material systems. Overall, the cooperation will transform the usability of 3D printing beyond prototyping towards serial production and industrialization, e. g. by achieving a faster part qualification through close iterations with material development, certifications and replacement of legacy materials. Our aim is to find the best solution for our clients.”
– Dr. Max Siebert, CEO and Co-Founder of Replique
“Through the partnership with Replique we can determine and offer the best material formulations for professional end user applications. The information given by Replique helps us to broaden our reach and to generate superior material solutions.”
– Dr. Stefan Schulze, Director 3D Printing Materials at LEHVOSS Group
“We believe that the open network approach with Replique and other partners will provide OEMs a great possibility to experience all benefits of additive manufacturing and we look forward to industry-defining projects made from our INFINAM® high-performance materials in the near future.”
– Sylvia Monsheimer, Head of Industrial 3D Printing, Evonik
“The combination of Forward AM’s expertise in industrial 3D printing materials and Replique’s advanced knowhow in 3D printing platforms will enable us to leverage synergies in the Additive Manufacturing industry. With our common BASF background, we strongly believe this partnership is connecting the right dots: application specific materials combined with a network of trusted partners. This way we can better address the needs and requirements of our customers with application-tailored solutions.”
– Anke Johannes, Director of Sales Europe & Market Development, BASF 3D Printing Solutions
“We are happy to be on board on Replique’s print-farm network with our materials and services. Combining all these materials and service providers, makes it easier for the user to find the right material and/or partner. Especially unique materials as ours, which are specialized for wear and friction applications.”
– igus GmbH
Moving forward, Replique aims to increase its network of trusted material partners, both in polymer and metal.
About Replique: Replique was founded by BASF employees from the fields of materials science and digitization. Replique provides a secure digital platform that enables OEMs to provide parts on-demand to their customers through a global and decentralized 3D printing network.
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