Chemicals company BASF and 3D printing company Materialise are reportedly investing in Essentium Inc, a Texas-based developer of materials for additive manufacturing (AM).

BASF and Essentium have been working together on fused filament fabrication (FFF) technology using Essentium’s proprietary FlashFuse method which could help improve mechanical strength in the build direction for extrusion printed parts. The two companies are now extending their strategic partnership to establish a global materials supply chain with Materialise developing 3D printing software for the Essentium technology. 

‘Materialise, Essentium and BASF share a vision for growth in the 3D printing industry that builds on the creation of meaningful applications in an open and vibrant ecosystem,’ said Bart Van der Schueren, CTO of Materialise. ‘This partnership helps to promote a more open market model, which will fuel the adoption of 3D printing in the industrial field by offering users more control, more choice in materials and ultimately lower cost and higher volumes.’

This story is reprinted from material from BASF, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.