Forward AM, a 3D Printing arm of the global chemical production company BASF, and Prismlab, a leading provider of photopolymer 3D printing solutions, have signed a partnership agreement in Shanghai, China, where Prismlab is headquartered.
This agreement enables Forward AM to integrate selected Prismlab’s 3D printing photopolymer products in the company’s Ultracur3D® photopolymer portfolio. This fits the Forward AM strategy of offering a comprehensive portfolio comprising all major technologies available on the Additive Manufacturing market. Through this partnership, Forward AM strengthens its position within the Asian market and is now best placed to drive large-scale 3D printing solutions globally across the full spectrum of manufacturing industries.
Under the agreement, Prismlab becomes an official distributor of Forward AM’s high-performance Ultracur3D® photopolymer products from Asia to global step by step, offering the material within a dedicated portfolio, “Ultracur3D® for Prismlab”, in combination with Prismlab’s own advanced 3D printers.
“Through adding selected photopolymer products from Prismlab to our portfolio, we are broadening our product offering to the rapidly developing Asian market. We are currently setting up local production, logistics, and technical services in Asia to reinforce our presence in the region. We are convinced this partnership strengthens our market position, especially in the orthodontic industry, and will enable us to engage deeper with downstream customers”, explains François Minec, Managing Director BASF 3D Printing Solutions GmbH.
The two companies have signed this agreement to achieve a win-win on the global 3D printing market by combining Forward AM’s unique chemical expertise and industry access with Prismlab’s innovative 3D printers and production expertise.
“With this deepened collaboration, we will be able to leverage synergies with BASF in the 3D printing industry. The partnership with Forward AM complements our current material offering. It enables us to further explore and enhance innovative applications, including functional prototyping requiring tailor-made material solutions with improved toughness, heat resistance, and long-term stability. At the same time we can better address the needs of our customers and partners, for example in the footwear and dental industry”, confirms Hou Feng, Founder and Chairman of Prismlab.
The collaboration further strengthens the ties between Forward AM and Prismlab and their joint commitment to provide customers with best-in-class industrialized Additive Manufacturing solutions.
The two companies launched their partnership in 2018 when BASF Venture Capital invested in Prismlab’s innovative technology. This was born in 2013 when Prismlab developed and patented its own 3D printing process, Pixel Resolution Enhanced Technology, based on stereolithography (SLA). The patented Prismlab technology can be used in various key customer applications, including invisible braces as well as anatomical models for medical, educational, and training purposes. Alongside this patented process, Prismlab also markets its own advanced 3D printers and further related services.