BASF’s Forward AM has opened a new Additive Manufacturing Technical Center (AMTC) in Shanghai, China, in cooperation with Xuberance, an AM design company established in Vienna and now based in Shanghai. The new facility, located in the Shanghai Lingang Songjiang Science Park, aims to serve as a hub of expertise for solutions and materials for the AM market in China and the rest of Asia.
Through the AMTC, the companies are combining their knowledge and experience to offer customers fully integrated AM solutions. Forward AM has installed more than twenty AM machines, including those using Powder Bed Fusion (PBF) and Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) technology.
The cooperation between Forward AM and Xuberance was supported by an investment of BASF Venture Capital in Xuberance. This investment was made in the hope of strengthening BASF’s place in the AM sector, enabling Xuberance to further accelerate its own growth in the Asia-Pacific region.
“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,” stated François Minec, Managing Director, BASF 3D Printing Solutions. “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.”
Leirah Wang, Managing Director, Xuberance, commented, “For us, Forward AM’s cutting-edge materials and comprehensive industrial expertise, especially in simulation and surface finishing, ideally complement our expertise in services and design offerings. We are proud to jointly develop integrated and innovative solutions for Additive Manufacturing, tailored to customer needs in Asia-Pacific.”